Wednesday, January 07, 2009
The wee mittens were based on Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns (and it is, indeed, handy), tweaked to get the right proportions:
I used sock yarn for most of them, sport weight will make a somewhat larger mitten and #2 double point needles:
Cast on 22 stitches and divide onto 3 or 4 needles
Knit 7 rounds of K1 P1 ribbing
Change to stockinette and increase 1 stitch at the end of round (23)
Shape thumb gusset:
Knit 11 stitches, place marker, M1, k1, M1, place marker, knit to end (25).
Increase 2 stitches every 3rd round two more times for 7 gusset stitches.
On the next round, place gusset stitches on a length of yarn, cast on one stitch with backward loop and knit to end of round (23 stitches).
Knit 3 rounds.
On next round, decrease 3 stitches evenly. (20 stitches)
Round 1: K3, K2tog
Round 2: Knit
Decrease 4 stitches, working one less knit stitch between decrease in this manner until 12 stitches remain.
Decrease ever round until 8 stitches remain. Thread tail through remaining stitch and pull tight.
Place held stitches on needles, pick up one stitch over gap (10)
Work 3 rounds
Decrease round 1: (k2tog, k1) 2x, k2tog, k2
Decrease round 2: (k2tog) 2x, k1
Thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight. Use tails to close up any gaps with weaving in.
I connected the pairs using a crochet chain. Easy peasy and very cute.