Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The purple mitten pattern

This is the pattern I created for my nephew. It's about as simple a mitten pattern can be. It's sized to fit a 3yr old.
Opal fingering weight, 2 strands. A 100gm ball makes 6 mittens. (1/5/07 - NOTE one ball just barely makes 6 mittens. I ran out with about 6 rows to go on the thumb of the 6th mitten. If I'd used shorter yarn ends on the other 5 mittens I probably would've been ok. )
Double pointed needles, 2.75mm (US size 1) for the ribbing and 3.25mm (US size 3) for the rest (I worked with 4 dpns)
About 18" of waste yarn, similar in weight to the 2strands of Opal
Gauge 6stitch and 8rows per inch in stockinette
Abbreviations:
k - knit, p - purl, st - stitches, k2tog - knit 2 together

Using the smaller needles, cast on 30st and K3P2 for 16 rows.
Switching to the larger needles, knit 15 rows
Using the waste yarn, knit 6st. Slip these 6 st back to the left hand needle. Continue knitting with the Opal for another 17 rows.

Mitten top decreases:
Round 1 - *K4, K2Tog, repeat from * 4 more times (25 st)
Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8 - K all st
Round 3 - *K3, K2Tog, repeat from * 4 more times (20 st)
Round 5 - *K2, K2Tog, repeat from * 4 more times (15 st)
Round 7 - *K4, K2Tog, repeat from * 4 more times (10 st)
Round 8 - K2, K2Tog, K3, K2Tog, K1 (8 st)
Cut yarn and pull yarn through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in end.

Thumb:
Carefully remove the waste yarn. Put the needles in the 12 stitches that are created when the waste yarn is removed.
Round 1 - Knit around and pick up 3 more stitches in the corners (15 st)
Round 2 - Knit around
Round 3 - Knit around and decrease one stitch in each corner (13 st)
Rounds 4 - 16 Knit (13 rounds after the decrease round)
Round 17 - K2tog around, end with K1 (7 st)
Cut yarn and pull yarn through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in end.
Weave in other ends.
Make another mitten. Or 2.

2 comments:

Shelley said...

Does your pattern work with a thicker yarn that you wouldn't use double stranded, such as Lion Brand Wool or Paton's Wool? The mittens sound great, and I'm going to book mark the pattern and give it a try at some point. Thanks for posting it!

Lillian said...

I'd guess a single yarn would be just fine as long as the gauge is the same.