All of our children from about the ages of 1 - 8 or so, have preferred wearing hand knit wool mittens to the store bought variety that tend to be stiff and hard for them to maneuver their little fingers.
I just wanted to share a simple two needle mitten pattern that I have come to use:
These fit a child 2 - 4 years.
Yarn: Peace Fleece worsted Weight
Needles: Size 4 and 7
Starting with the Cuff: With size 4 needles, cast on 28 stitches. Knit for 3" in a K2, P2 repeat across each row.
Change to size 7 needles and work 2 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 1: K 13, PM, KFB, K1, KFB, PM, Knit to end
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K to marker, sl marker, KFB, K to one stitch before marker, KFB, sl marker, knit to end
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have 13 stitches between markers.
Next row: Purl
Row 1: Knit 26, Turn
Row 2: Purl 5, P2tog, P6, Turn
Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch on these 12 stitches
Next Row: K2tog 6 times
Leaving a 6" tail, cut yarn and thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight. Begin to stitch down side of thumb.
Rejoin yarn to stitches on left needles with right side facing and knit to end.
Continue knitting in stockinette stitch until work measures 3 3/4 inches from top of cuff, ending with a Purl row.
Switch to top color if desired, leaving an 18" tail for later sewing.
Row 1: K2, K2tog, repeat across to last stitch
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog across.
Break yarn, leaving a 7" tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle, run needle through remaining stitches. Pull yarn, sew up.