These were knitted flat then the sides are sewn together, leavaing an opening for the thumb. If you want you can add a thumb gusset after you sew the side seam. I will include just a little bit on that too.
Step 1: Supplies
1 pair straight knitting needles, american size 4 or 5. I used size 5 on most of these mittens.
1 4 ounce ball of yarn, size 4. I used Deborah Norville's Everyday soft worsted and Vana's choice on some
1 cable needle or stitch holder (not pictured, but a double point needle is a good cable needle choice)
1 yarn needle
stitch guage - but any ruler or tape measure can be just as effective
Step 2: Guage
For these mittens, cast on between 39 and 42 stitches, depending on the multiples for the patterns I used.
Guage: 11 stitches and 13 rows equaled two inches.
The picture with the turquois yarn shows how to measure your guage. To measure the guage just mark two inches by two inches, and count how many rows and how many stitches fit within that two inch section.
Step 3: Sections and Measurements
- a ribbed cuff
- the body of the mitten
- a finished ribbed edge
The body of the mitten is where you can really get creative. Use this area to try out new stitches you may want to use again later on a larger project like a sweater. You can use lacy, cabled or all over designs. The only rule you really need to remember is to reverse any directional patterns for the opposite side. These instructions will be for the cable design. The body of the mitten needs to be the approximate measurement from where your hand joins the wrist to where your fingers join the hand.
The finished edge is four rows of ribbing. Some like less, but I thought it looked more balanced with the four rows instead of only two. You can add more or less depending on what you find to be most comfortable. ( I really like patterns that let me make the choices). After you make one pair, get creative. Just remember to take a couple of notes so that you can duplicate your results for the opposite gove.
When you sew the sides together, sew up from the wrist cuff and down from the finger cuff leaving about an inch and a half for your thumb opening.
Step 4: Instructions
Work in Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing for 1 and a half to two inches, or more, depending on your preference. For the ones pictured, this was about 10 or 11 rows.
1st row above cuff, right side: Knit 5, Purl 2, Slip 3 stitches to cable needle*, hold in front, Knit next 3 stitches from the left needle, Knit the three stitches from the cable needle, Purl 2, Knit 25.
2nd row, wrong side: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches or if you prefer to count, Purl 25, Knit 2, Purl 6, Knit 2, Purl 5. Repeat this row for all of the wrong side rows as long as you are working on the body.
3rd row, work in pattern, Knit the knit and purl the purl stitches. This will be Knit 5, Purl 2, Knit 6, Purl 2, Knit 25
4th row, repeat row 2
5th row, repeat row 3
6th row, repeat row 2
7th row, repeat row 1 - this begins the pattern again.
Work in pattern for a total of 3 repeats, or 4 if you have longer hands or want a longer glove.
Finish with 4 rows of Knit 2 Purl 2ribbing, then bind off in pattern. Leave a yarn tail long enough to stitch the sides.
Row 1: Knit 25, Purl 2, Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold in back of work, Knit 3 from left needle, Knit 3 from cable needle, Purl 2, Knit 5
Rows 2, 4 and 6: Purl 5, Knit 2, Purl 6, Knit 2, Purl 25
Rows 3 and 5: Knit 25, Purl 2, Knit 6, Purl 2, Knit 5
Finish: Stitch up from bottom of wrist cuff and down from the finger cuff with the yarn tails. Leave about a one and a half inch opening for the thumb.
Step 5: Extras
Step 6: Gifts
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