Pattern: Olympic Red Mittens-Vancouver 2010

O Canada!

Olympic Red Mittens-Vancouver 2010
by Rachel Bearse

PRICE: $5.00 CAD

Everyone wants to support their country during the Olympic games. It is exciting to be the host country for the games this year, and Canada-themed winter clothing has become quite popular recently. Here is my contribution to the collection!


Knit a pair of Olympic Red Mittens for yourself and everyone in your family. Made from warm red wool, they will brighten your winter, and show your team spirit. A white maple leaf is knit into one side of the mitten, and the numbers 2010 knit into the other side.


This pattern is sized for a toddler (age 2-5), child (age 6-10), small adult, and large adult. For ease of knitting, all of the instructions are written out, and two full colour charts are provided.

These will be a nice quick knit for anyone who has made mittens before, and a great starter project for those who are eager to try.


Difficulty Level:

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Skills required: Cast On, Knit, Purl, Knitting in the round, Increase (M1), Stranded knitting from a chart, K2tog, SSK, kitchener stitch

Needles used:

  • 4mm (US 6) and 4.5mm (US 7) needles for Men’s mittens
  • 3.5mm (US 4) and 4mm (US 6) needles for Women’s, Children’s and Toddler’s mittens


  • Red Cascade 220 (100 g 220 yards)
  • White Cascade 220 (100 g 220 yards) less than a quarter skein.


  • Stitch holder/scrap for thumb stitches
  • Darning needle

In the spirit of the season, the proceeds from this pattern will go to the Penguins Can Fly, a YMCA Aquatics Program for children with disabilities and their able bodied siblings where no one “sits on the bench”. Some of the penguins have qualified to compete internationally, but all of them have made friends, developed self-discipline and self confidence.

The pattern is an automatic .pdf download from Ravelry (no Ravelry account required)

PRICE: $5.00 CAD

photo taken at the Olympic Harbour used in the 1976 Montreal Games.

photo taken at the Olympic Harbour used in the 1976 Montreal Games.

“This pattern, by Canadian knitter Rachel Bearse, has the maple leaf and the 2010 knitted right in with white yarn, as opposed to the applique & decal design on the official red mittens. I have knit myself a pair and I love the hand knit loveliness and special softness that only the loving touch of human fingers can produce.” (

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