Wednesday, September 21, 2011

mittens

 These mittens are a favorite of mine. They are based on a pattern from my grandma but I've adjusted it over the years as my mittens are often made for the smallest people and get the most constant use. I love knitting these and thinking of the little fingers they will keep toasty- and it is satisfying to see them doing their job when the winter comes. Plus, because they are so small- its a pretty fast project.
Using worsted weight yarn cast on 23 (25, 27) stitches on size 5 needles. These mittens work great for grown ups too, add an additional two stitches to make small women size, etc.  
Row one: P1 (K1, P1) across. 
Row two: K1 ( P1, K1) across. 
Repeat rows one and two until piece measures about 3inches ( increase length of cuff if you are making larger mittens) . End by working row 1.

 Knit across increasing by 5 stitches evenly spaced. ( increase by 7 if making adult mittens).
 Purl across.
Shaping: Row 1: Knit (13, 14, 15) stitches. Place marker, increase twice, place marker, knit across. (30,32,34)stitches.
Row 2: purl across
Row 3: Knit to marker, increase, knit to within 1 stitch of marker, increase, knit across: (32, 34,36) stitches.
Repeat rows 2 and 3: (1,2,2 ) times
Work until piece measures 5inches from cast of edge, end by working a purl row.


 Thumb:
Knit to marker and slip these (13,14,15) stitches onto a stitch holder. Add on 1 stitch, knit to marker, turn. Add on one stitch and slip these remaining (10,12,12) stitches onto another stitch holder.
 Work until thumb measures about (1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 3/4) inches. End by working a purl row. Tog 2 across ( 5,6,6). Cut yarn with a long tail. With a needle, weave yarn through these stitches closing tightly- then weave the thumb seam.
With right side facing, slip stitches from 1st stitch holder onto needle. Pick up a stitch in each of the added on stitches at the bottom of the thumb ( this is hard. sometimes even when I do it just right I am left with a small hole to stitch up). Slip stitches from 2nd holder onto other needle. Knit across. 
Work until piece measures about 6.5 inches, end by working a knit row.  
Purl (14,15,16) stitches, place marker, purl across. 

Shaping: Row 1: K2, slip 1 as if to knit, K1 PSS0 ( pass slipped stitch over), knit to within 3 sts of marker, K2tog, K2 slip 1 as if to knit, K1 PSSO, knit across to last 4 stitches, K2 tog, K2. (24,26,28)sts.
Row2: purl across.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 ( 1, 2, 3) times. (20,18,16)sts. 
Next row: k2 tog across ( 10,9,8)sts. 
Cut yarn leaving a long end for sewing. THread yarn needle, weave through remaining stitches, pulling firmly to close hole, weave seam. 
Now- do it all over again for the second mitten. Weave closed any holes at the base of the thumb ( Hazel very sweetly showing you where she needs some stitches).  I suggest finger knitting ( or braiding) a cord to hold the two mittens together and wearing it through the arms of the coat. Its a pretty sad day when a handmade mitten goes missing. 

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