HOW TO MAKE KNITTED MITTENS
MATERIALS DROPS Lima, 65% wool, 35% alpaca, 100m/109yd per 50g, two balls in Pearl Grey (9020) (Yarn A), one ball each in Goldenrod (2923) (Yarn B) and Powder Pink (3145) (Yarn C) 2mm (UK 14, US 0) circular knitting needle 4mm (UK 8, US 6) circular knitting needle If you use the magic loop method you’ll need a cable at least 80cm (32") long, alternatively use a circular needle 25cm (9" or 10") long Six different stitch markers Yarn needle Scrap yarn
Approx. 21 sts and 28 rows to measure 10cm (4") over stocking stitch ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl k2tog knit 2 sts together kfb knit into the front and back of the st BOR beginning of round pm place marker sm slip marker
Small: length from cuff to end of hand approx. 18cm (71/ 8") Medium: length from cuff to end of hand approx. 19m (7 ") Large: length from cuff to end of hand approx. 21.5cm (8 ") Fancy adding a me-made newbie to your collection of winter woollies? If you’re just getting into knitting, these mittens will ease you into colourwork – there is a chart, but we promise it’s not scary. Or, if you’re a seasoned stitcher, indulge in a quick knit that’ll make a fab gift.
We love the grellow palette, but you can easily switch the colours. The small is a good fit for teens, and the large will work for fellas.
The pattern is written for the smallest size with medium and large size shown in brackets where the pattern differs i.e. S (M, L) Using 2mm circular needle and Yarn A, cast on 37 (43, 45) sts Join using the invisible join technique, slip the first cast on st to the right needle and pass the last cast on st over it, pull the tail end to close the join [36 (42, 44) sts] Place BOR marker Cuff round (k1, p1) to end of round Repeat cuff round until the cuff measures 9cm (35/ 8") from cast on edge Change to 4mm needles and pick up Yarn B Round 1 k in Yarn B Round 2 (k1 in Yarn B, k1 in Yarn A) to end Rounds 3-4 k in Yarn A Round 5 (k1 in Yarn A, k1 in Yarn B) to end Rounds 6-7 k in Yarn A Round 8 (k1 in Yarn B, k1 in Yarn A) to end Rounds 9-10 k in Yarn A Round 11 (k1 in Yarn A, k1 in Yarn B) to end Rounds 12-13 k in Yarn A Round 14 (k1 in Yarn B, k1 in Yarn A) to end Break Yarn B Round 15 k in Yarn A Large size only: continue knitting every round in Yarn A until the piece measures 6.5cm (25/ 8") from the top of the cuff Thumb gusset Next round from the BOR, kfb, k1,
kfb, pm, k to end Rounds 1-2 k every st around Round 3 kfb, k to one st before m, kfb, sm, k to end Repeat the last 3 rounds 6 (6, 7) times more Place the 17 (17, 19) sts between the BOR marker and second marker on scrap yarn to make the thumb later Remove the second marker and k1, k2tog for size S (cast on 1 st for size M, cast on 7 sts for size L) The sts on the body section will now be 32 (40, 48) Place a stitch marker every 8 sts Now work from the chart on page 98 for 7 rounds – the chart reads from right to left and top to bottom, and is repeated every 8 sts around. All sts are k Remove all markers, remembering to keep the BOR marker in place Knit every round in Yarn B until the piece measures 2.5cm (3.5cm, 3.5cm) (1" (13/ ", 13/ 8")) from top of 8 thumb gusset If you’re making the mittens for yourself, stop knitting at the tip of your ring finger Count 16 (20, 24) sts from BOR and place the second marker Decrease round k2tog, k until 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, k2tog, k until 2 sts before BOR marker, k2tog Repeat decrease round until 8 sts remain on the needles Break yarn, thread through the live sts and pull tightly Thumb Slip the 17 (17, 19) held stitches back onto the 4mm circular needle, knit across, pick up 1 (1, 5) sts from the body (or cast on sts), pm and join The sts on the body section will now be 18 (18, 24) K each round for 5cm (5cm, 6.5cm) (2" (2", 25/ 8")) Next round k2tog around, leaving you with 9 (9, 12) sts Break yarn, pull through sts tightly Weave in ends, including any small holes caused by picking up sts at the thumb base, and wet block. Turn up the cuff to finish.