HOW TO MAKE… PENGUIN MITTENS
Sublime Superfine Alpaca DK, 100% alpaca, 50g/120m per ball, one ball each in Soft Grey (433) (Yarn A), Tusk (430) (Yarn B) and Flannel (434) (Yarn C) Drops Fabel 4 ply, 25% polyamide/75% wool, 50g/205m per ball, small amount in Mustard (111) (Yarn D) 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) circular knitting needles 4mm (UK 8, US 6) circular knitting needles 4mm (UK 8, US 6) double-pointed needles Scrap yarn Stitch markers Tapestry needle
22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm (4") over stocking stitch on 4mm needles
st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl M1R make one right, pick up the bar between the sts on the right and left needles by bringing the left needle through from back to front, then knit into the front of this st M1L make one left, pick up the bar between the sts on right and left needles by bringing the left needle through from front to back, then knit into the back of this st PM place marker ssk slip one st, slip one st, knit slipped sts together k2tog knit 2 sts together dpn double-pointed needle
Approx. 23cm (91/ 8") long and 9cm (35/ 8") wide You may think mittens have one sole purpose – keeping hands cosy – but these playful penguins will also put a big grin on your face.
Adding a fun feel to any winter outfit, and knitted in alpaca yarn for the softest finish, you’ll wonder how you survived winter without them. Instructions These are knitted in the round on circular needles, but you can use double-pointed needles instead. Divide the sts evenly over the needles, cast on two extra stitches for a seam allowance, and sew up the mittens at the end. The steps for the left and right mittens are the same, except the thumb gusset. Add the face detail at the end, using duplicate stitch. Cuff Using Yarn A and 3.25mm needles, cast on 42 sts. Join to work in the round. Work 16 rounds in k1 p1 rib until cuff measures 5cm (2") long. Lower hand Change to 4mm needles and k 8 rounds Left hand thumb gusset Round 9 k14, M1R, k2, M1L, k to end of round [44 sts] Round 10 k Round 11 k14, M1R, k4, M1L, k to end of round [46 sts] Round 12 k Round 13 k14, M1R, k6, M1L, k to end of round [48 sts] Round 14 k Round 15 k14, M1R, k8, M1L, k to end of round [50 sts] Round 16 k Round 17 k14, M1R, k10, M1L, k to end of round [52 sts] Round 18 k Round 19 k14, M1R, k12, M1L, k to end of round [54 sts] Round 20 k Round 21 k14, M1R, k14, M1L, k to end of round [56 sts] Round 22 k Round 23 k14, M1R, k16, M1L, k to end of round [58 sts] Round 24 k14, slip next 18 sts onto scrap yarn holder, cast on 2 sts using the backward loop method, k to end of round [42 sts] Right hand thumb gusset Round 9 k4, M1R, k2, M1L, k to end of round [44 sts] Round 10 k Round 11 k4, M1R, k4, M1L, k to end of round [46 sts] Round 12 k Round 13 k4, M1R, k6, M1L, k to end of round [48 sts] Round 14 k Round 15 k4, M1R, k8, M1L, k to
end of round [50 sts] Round 16 k Round 17 k4, M1R, k10, M1L, k to end of round [52 sts] Round 18 k Round 19 k4, M1R, k12, M1L, k to end of round [54 sts] Round 20 k Round 21 k4, M1R, k14, M1L, k to end of round [56 sts] Round 22 k Round 23 k4, M1R, k16, M1L, k to end of round [58 sts] Round 24 k4, slip next 18 sts onto scrap yarn holder, cast on 2 sts using the backward loop method, k to end of round [42 sts] There may be a slight hole between the thumb gusset and the hand, but this can be sewn up while weaving in the ends when finishing. Upper hand K 10 rounds Next round change to Yarn B, k21, PM on the 22nd st (to mark st 1 of the chart when working the penguin design), k to end of round K 11 rounds Next round k21, PM (for mitten top shaping), k to end of round Shape mitten top Round 1 k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k2, ssk, k until 3 sts remain, k2tog, k1 [4 sts decreased] Work Round 1 a total of 8 times until 10 sts remain. Cut yarn leaving a 15cm (6") tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 10 sts to close the top of the mitten. Adding the face Cut a 130cm (51¼") length of Yarn C. Following the chart, add the penguin face in duplicate stitch, matching the tension of the mitten. Stitch 1 of the chart is the stitch marked with the stitch marker. Use two more 130cm (51¼") lengths of Yarn C to finish the head. Cut two 30cm (117/ 8") lengths of Yarn C for the eyes and a 35cm (13¾") length of Yarn D for the beak. Thumb Transfer the 18 sts on scrap yarn to 4mm needles, rejoin Yarn A, and k 12 rounds Next round (k2tog) all around [9 sts] Cut yarn leaving a 15cm (6") tail. Thread the tail through the remaining 9 sts to close the thumb. Mitten cord Using Yarn A and 4mm doublepointed needles, cast on 3 sts, leaving a 15cm (6") tail. After casting on, knit the sts, then instead of turning, slide the sts to the other end of the dpn. The working yarn is now at the left of the sts. Start knitting again from the right st, pulling the working yarn gently across the back of the sts. Continue knitting each row in this way, sliding the sts back along the needle at the end of each row, rather than turning, to form a narrow i-cord tube. Work an i-cord 137cm (54") long. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15cm (6") tail, and thread through the 3 sts to cast off. Using the yarn tails, sew the i-cord to the centre point of the inside back of each mitten. Weave in any loose ends. To finish, block the mittens, carefully pinning them into shape, then leave to dry.