Smart Doll Girl's Knit Mittens

Perfect for the snowy season, these mittens fit the default Smart Doll hands. They are knit in the round, but could also be done flat. You could knit them solid, add a stripe or other designs. Keep reading to find out how I designed the pattern, or skip to the pattern and make your own!

Smart Doll girl's hand knit mittens, scarf and hat.
Smart Doll girl's hand knit mittens, scarf and hat.

How I Made This Pattern

To make this pattern, I first knit a swatch with my chosen yarn and needles. I like Woolike yarn from Michaels for my Smart Doll knitting. It’s inexpensive and available in my area. It’s categorized as a Super Fine (1) yarn with an expected gage of 32 stitches and 42 rows in a 10 x 10 cm square with 2.75mm needles. My swatch had about 36 stitches and 46 rows for a 10 x 10 cm square.

Next I looked up free patterns for mittens, to learn how human mittens are made. Human sized mittens can be knit flat or on the round. After knitting a cuff in ribbing, stitches are added until there are almost enough for the thumb. The thumb stitches are saved on some waste yarn. The rest of the mitten is a tube. At the end it is either decreased at each side, or decreased in regular intervals. The remaining stitches can be sewn up with a Kitchener stitch or the end can be threaded through and pulled tight.

I measured the wrist of my doll to figure out how many stitches I needed for the cuff. I also measured around the fingers, so make sure there would be enough room. I used the gage swatch to determine how many stitches I needed.

I also measured how many stitches I needed for the thumb, but in the end I changed the amount a couple times. At first I added stitches for the thumb in each row, but that made a thumb that stick out oddly. I spaced out the additions gradually, and that made a much nicer shape.

For this smaller Smart Doll girls mitten pattern, I chose to decrease the hand at regular intervals (instead of at the edges), then thread through and pull tight. I was worried it would make a pointy mitten, but it actually looks nice and round.

For the thumb I picked up 2 extra stitches to close the hole, then knit in the round and finished by decreasing and pulling through, just like the hand.

As you can see I made a bunch of these before I settled on a pattern I liked.

Evolution of my Smart Doll mittens pattern.
Evolution of my Smart Doll mittens pattern.

Knitting Pattern

Needles: 2mm stainless steel circular needles for the cuff, 2.75mm stainless steel circular needles for the rest.

Gage: 36 stitches, 46 rows -> 10 x 10 cm

Yarn: Super Fine (1) (Woolike)



Cast on 20 stitches in the round on 2.5mm needles.

RND 1-5: k1 p1 ribbing.


Switch needles to 2.75mm

RND 6-8: k20.

RND 9: RLI, k18, LLI (22)

RND 10-11: k22

RND 12: k1, RLI, k18, LLI, k1 (24)

RND 13: k24

RND 14: k2, RLI, k18, LLI, k2 (26)

RND 15: k 23, hold 3 for thumb

RND 16: hold 3 more for thumb, k20

RND 17-26: k20

RND 27: LLD * 10 (10)

RND 28: LLD * 5 (5)

Cut yarn, thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave in the ends.


Pick up 2 stitches at gap.

RND 1-4: k8

RND 5: LLD * 4 (4)

Cut yarn, thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave in the ends.

Finished pair of Smart Doll girl's knit mittens.
Finished pair of Smart Doll girl's knit mittens.

How to Knit Flat

If you don’t like knitting in the round, you could knit the mittens flat. Split each round in the middle, so the second half or a round, plus the first half of the next round become one row. The thumb will grow out of the middle of the row, instead of the start of the round. Add an extra stitch to each side to become the selvage edge. You will need this so you can sew the sides together at the end. For the thumb, make sure to pick up 2 stitches instead of one at each end to make selvage to sew up at the end.

Helpful Videos

Here are some videos from YouTube that have helped me learn the different knitting techniques.

Magic Loop

To knit small projects in the round on circular needles, you can use the “magic loop” technique. It lets you put half the stitches on one needle and the other half on the cord. You only have to adjust needles twice each round, instead of 4 times like you would with DPNs (double pointed needles).

Increasing Stitches

To increase the stitch count to make the thumb you could use the make one right (M1R) and make one left (M1L) technique demonstrated in the following video.

Picking up Stitches

When starting the thumb you need to pick up two stitches. I had trouble understanding what this means at first, so here is a video I found about it.

Weaving in Ends

At the end you will need to weave in the ends. Here is a video about the method I use.