Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Mitten Pattern


Sizing
This pattern is for adult mittens in 2 sizes:
Small: 10cm across the hand & 18cm from wrist to finger tips.
Large: 11cm across the hand & 21cm from wrist to finger tips.

Tension
Stocking stitch: 32 stitches x 42 rows = 10cm2 on tension 6
1x1 Rib: 50 stitches x 55 rows = 10cm2 on tension 2

Materials
Any 4ply or sport weight yarn would be suitable

Instructions
N.B. The tension numbers and needle position letters given are for Brother machines. Please refer to your manual if you use a different type of machine.

Main Section (make 1 left & 1 right)
  • Starting with the carriage on the right, cast on 65(67) stitches using the broken toe cast on, in 1x1 rib using the lowest tension.
  • Knit 1x1 rib for 26 rows on tension 2.
  • Knit 24(30) rows in stocking stitch on tension 6.
Right Mitten Only
  • Put the 12 needles to the left of the '0' mark on the needle bed into hold position E, change the holding cam lever to H, and knit the remaining stitches.
Left Mitten Only
  • Put the 12 needles to the right of the '0' mark on the needle bed into hold position E, change the holding cam lever to H, and knit the remaining stitches.
Both
  • Now move those 12 needles into work position D, and the remaining needles into hold position E. Knit the 12 stitches in a contrasting colour of waste yarn. 
  • Put all held needles into work position D and knit 33(39) rows in stocking stitch.
Shape Top
  • Decrease 2 stitches at each end and 4 stitches in the middle, then knit 2 rows.
  • Repeat the previous step 5 more times (12 rows in total).
  • Break off  the yarn and use a tapestry needle to pick up the remaining stitches, then remove the work from the machine.
Thumbs (make 2 the same)
  • On the top bed only, cast on 24 stitches in waste yarn, using a weave cast on, and knit several rows ending with the carriage on the right.
  • Change to the correct yarn and knit 20(24) rows in stocking stitch on tension 6.
Shape Top
  • Decrease 2 stitches at each end and 4 stitches in the middle, then knit 2 rows.
  • Repeat the previous step once more (4 rows in total).
  • Break off  the yarn and use a tapestry needle to pick up the remaining stitches, then remove the work from the machine.
Finishing
  • Take the tapestry needle through the final stitches on each piece once more and gather firmly.
  • With the wrong side facing, sew the side seam of the thumb from the gathered top downwards.
  • Align the thumb seam towards the edge of the main section rather than the middle. 
  • Tuck the waste yarn inside the thumb and carefully, using matching yarn, graft the thumb around the waste yarn on the main section using kitchener stitch.
  • Once the thumb is attached, unpick the the row of waste yarn from the main section.
  • Open the thumb out onto the right side and then unravel the waste yarn from the thumb, to show a seamless join. 
  • With the wrong side facing, sew the side seam of the main section from the gathered top downwards catching down any loose strands of yarn as you go.
  • Turn the mittens the right way round and now they're ready to wash & wear!










4 comments:

  1. Nice mittens!
    I don´t understand how you do the shaping of the top. How do you decreace 4 stiches in the middle?

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    1. I'm sorry! this is still a work in progress... I've been making supporting tutorials to go with the pattern and I've not quite finished yet! I'm hoping to post a video tutorial later today, so watch this space!

      There are also tutorials still to come, on:
      • Holding stitches to put the waste yarn in for the thumb hole.
      • Attaching the thumb with kitchener stitch

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    2. Hello Marit,
      Sorry for the delay with the tutorial. I've been having some technical problems but I'll get this posted soon.

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  2. This pattern is great! We have some Syrian refugees expected in the are in January and I am making mittens for them using your pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it xx

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