How to knit a pair of mittens
These mittens are knitted on two needles, rather than the traditional four. They are very easy to customize with either store-bought trimmings and bobbles or with different stitch patterns and colour as more knitting techniques are mastered.
Materials for your mittens
Three 1 3⁄4oz (50g) balls of Rowan Wool Cotton in turquoise
- 3.5mm (US 4) needles
- 3.75mm (US 5) needles
- Two stitch holders
- Tapestry needle
k - knit
k2tog - knit two stitches together
p - purl
St st - stocking stitch
sts - stitches
Knitted palm circumference at widest point is 24cm. Length can be adjusted.
Make a slip knot 11in (28cm) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method 3.75mm (US 5) needles, cast on 18 sts.
Row 1: Knit (k).
Row 2: Purl(p). Rep rows 1–2 until 22 rows of stocking stitch (St st) have been worked. Cast off.
Counting rows and stitches
There should be 24 stitches and 18 rows to 10cm been worked. Cast off.
How to make the right mitten
The mitten is knitted from the wrist to the tips of the fingers.
Make a slip knot 25in (65cm) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method and
3.5mm (US 4) needles, cast on 54 sts.
The cuff is worked in a k2, p2 rib pattern (patt).
Row 1 [K2, p2] rep to the last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 [P2, k2] rep to the last 2 sts, p2. Rep rows 1–2 until 20 rows have been worked. Use a US 5 (3.75mm) needle in the right hand.
Row 21 K30, make one (m1), knit the remaining 24 stitches of the row. (55 sts)
Use 3.75mm needles in the both hands.
Row 22 Purl.
The number of stitches is increased at this point to accommodate the base of the thumb and the widening of the mitten for the hand.
Row 23 K30, m1, k1, m1, k24. (57 sts)
Row 24 On this and all even- numbered rows, purl.
Row 25 K30, m1, k3, m1, k24.
Row 27 K30, m1, k5, m1, k24.
Row 29 K30, m1, k7, m1, k24.
Row 31 K30, m1, k9, m1, k24.
Row 33 K30, m1, k11, m1, k24.
Row 35 K30, m1, k13, m1, k24.
Row 37 K30, m1, k15, m1, k24.
Row 39 K30, m1, k17, m1, k24. (73 sts)
Rows 40–43 Work even in St st.
Stitches for the hand are put on stitch holders while the thumb is knitted.
Row 44 P43, put the 30 sts not knitted on this row onto a stitch holder.
Slip the stitches purlwise onto a stitch holder. Turn the needle with the stitches that have just been purled and hold it as if to knit back along the row.
Row 46 Cast on 2 sts using the cable cast-on method and purl the cast-on stitches and the remaining stitches that are not on either stitch holder. (23 sts)
Rows 47-66 Knit the 23 sts in St st for 20 rows, the last row being WS facing.
Row 67 K2, [k2tog, k1] rep to end of row. (16 sts)
Row 68 Purl two stitches together (p2tog), rep to end of row. (8 sts)
Cut the yarn 6in (15cm) from the last stitch and thread a tapestry needle with it. Slip the stitches purlwise onto the tapestry needle.
Pull tight the last stitch knitted; then draw the stitches together. Insert the needle through the stitches again to secure them.
Using a 3.75mm (US 5) needle and with RS facing, slip the stitches purlwise off the right-hand stitch holder. Turn the needle so the WS of the mitten is facing.
Row 44 Using the second needle, insert it into the first stitch on the left- hand needle as if to purl. Then rejoin the yarn by looping the yarn over the needle, 10cm (4in) from the end. Purl the row.
Row 45 Knit the stitches on the needle. Turn the needle with the stitches so the WS is facing and cast on 3 sts using the thumb cast-on method and the tail left when the yarn was rejoined.
With WS facing, slip the stitches purlwise from the other stitch holder onto the needle with no stitches on it. Then, RS facing, knit these stitches onto the right-hand needle. (57 sts) Cont working all the sts in St st until the mitten measures 5cm (2in) shorter than the desired length.
End on a WS row.
Shaping the top of the glove
Reducing the number of stitches on a row creates shaping. The decreased stitches are positioned to create a distinct shaped edge to the mitten. The shaping starts on a RS knit row.
Next row K2, slip one
Knit one, pass the slipped stitch over (skpo)
k22, k2tog, k1, skpo, k22, k2tog, k2. (53 sts)
Next 3 rows Work even in St st. Next row K2, skpo, k20, k2tog, k1, skpo, k20, k2tog, k2.
Next 3 rows Work even in St st. (49 sts)
Next row K2, skpo, k18, k2tog, k1, skpo, k18, k2tog, k2.
Next row Purl.
Next row K2, skpo, k16, k2tog, k1, skpo, k16, k2tog, k2.
Next row Purl.
Next row K2, skpo, k14, k2tog, k1, skpo, k14, k2tog, k2.
Next row Purl.
Next row K2, skpo, k12, k2tog, k1, skpo, k12, k2tog, k2.
Next row Purl. (33 sts)
Next row K2, skpo, k1, skpo, k7, k2tog, k1, skpo, k7, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2. (27 sts).
Next row Purl. Cast off.
How to knit the left mitten
Rows 1-22 Work as for right mitten
Row 23 K24, m1, k1, m1, k30.
Compare this row with row 23 of the Right Mitten and notice how the knit 30 sts and knit 24 sts have transposed to create a mirror image of each other. This is called reverse shaping.
Cont with the thumb gusset and thumb following the patt set and using the Right Mitten as reference.
Hand and top of glove
Rejoin the yarn and cont to follow the patt of the Right Mitten with the shaping reversed until row 45. (57 sts) Match the number of St st rows to that of Right Mitten. The top shaping is exactly the same for both Right and Left Mitten, as the number of stitches is symmetrical.
Block and press both mittens gently, avoiding the rib. Take particular care with the side edges, as this will make seaming easier.
Thread the tail of yarn left at the thumb into the tapestry needle. Sew the sides together using mattress stitch.
Still using mattress stitch, sew the base of the thumb to the middle cast-on stitch on the main body of the glove. Then work out from the center, securing the thumb to the hand.
Cut a length of yarn from the ball and thread the tapestry needle. Leaving a 4in (10cm) tail, sew the two side edges together using mattress stitch.
With a new length of yarn, sew the top edges together using mattress stitch. Weave in ends into the seams.
The content on this page is taken from First Knits, published by Collins & Brown.
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