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Have you started your gift knitting yet? Or have you been tossing FO’s into a basket or box all year? Either way, this is the perfect season for quick, small projects designed for giving. Soooo, just in time for holiday knitting, it’s Mitten Month! Through the month of November, I’ll be releasing a new mitten pattern every week, each focusing on a different knitting skill; stranded color work, cables, lace and mosaic, there’s something for every knitter. Then, during the month of December, I’ll release the matching hat patterns. Won’t that be fun? All Mitten Month patterns use worsted weight yarn; I’ve chosen a Canadian staple, Patons Classic Wool Worsted, a 100% wool yarn that is surprisingly soft and lofty with a pretty twist. This project is sponsored by my friends at YarnCanada.ca, a great source for all of those much loved work-horse yarns. Shipping is quick and free on orders of $35 or more. And if you’re shopping from the US, your dollars will go much further 😉
Once that nip creeps into the air, I get the urge to do stranded color work. There’s something about having both hands buried in fluffy softness and watching the pattern magically emerge that is so very satisfying. Today’s pattern, the Hay Bay Mittens, features a classic diamond and chevron motif with delicate falling snow. Beginning with classic Latvian braid and continuing with a simple two-color pattern, Hay Bay is just challenging enough to keep you engaged. You’ll have a pair in no time working in cozy worsted weight yarn. The thumb is fully fashioned with a gusset and easy shaping makes a for nice rounded top. Choose two favorite colors and get going! You’ll have a pair by Monday. Be sure to post photos of your mittens on Instagram, #mittenmonthLCK
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And now, without further ado, here’s this week’s pattern, the Hay Bay Mittens. Thanks so much, Annette, for knitting this beautiful sample! I’ve started a Free Pattern Friday Ravelry group where you can post your comments, chat, feedback, modifications and suggestions. I hope to see you there. Happy Knitting!
Hay Bay Mittens
Simple stranded mittens in two colors.
YARN: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 100g/210 yds)1 skein “New Denim ” #77115 (MC), 1 skein “Aran” #00202 (CC)
NEEDLES: Us 6, 4.00mm
- Circular needle with min. 40” cable (for Magic Loop)
- 5 double-pointed needles (for shaping and thumb or for multiple-needle technique)
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers (opt) 1 distinctive for BOR, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, stitch holder or waste yarn
GAUGE: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZES: XS (S, M, L, XL)[6-1/2 (7, 7-1/2, 8, 8-1/2)”” in circumference]
- Worked seamlessly in the round from the cuff upward
- Thumb is fully fashioned with thumb gusset
M1L: Make 1 left-leaning stitch by picking up running strand between sts from front to back; knit through the back loop.
M1R: Make 2 right-leaning stitch by picking up running strand between sts from back to front; knit through the front loop.
CUFF: With MC and using the long-tail method, CO 30 (36, 42, 48, 54) sts. (For a video tutorial on the Longtail Cast On, CLICK HERE). Join for your preferred method of knitting in the round. (For a video tutorial on working the Magic Loop Method, CLICK HERE). Place marker for BOR. Knit 1 rnd even with MC. Join CC and work Latvian Braid as follows:
- Rnd 1: [k1 (MC), k1 (CC)] repeat to end.
- Rnd 2: [p1 (MC), p1 (CC)] repeat to end. When switching colors, wrap the yarn for the new stitch over the yarn used for the previous stitch.
- Rnd 3: [p1 (MC), p1 (CC)] repeat to end. When switching colors, wrap the yarn for the new stitch under the yarn used for the previous stitch.
Drop MC and continue in CC, working 6 rnds even. Work Chart A once. When you’ve finished the Chart, drop CC and continue in MC.
(Right Mitten) Set Up Rnd: K1, pm, k1, M1R, k1, M1L, k1, pm, k to end of rnd. Knit two rounds even.
(Left Mitten) Set Up Rnd: K to 4 sts before end of rnd, pm, k1, M1R, k1, M1L, k1, pm, k1. Knit two rounds even.
Gusset Inc Rnd: (Both Mittens) K to first marker, sm, k1, M1R, k to one st before next marker, M1L, k1, sm, k to end of rnd. Knit two rounds even.
Repeat last 3 rounds until there are 9 (11, 13, 15, 17) sts between markers. Work 3 rnds even. Work to first marker. Place sts between markers on waste yarn. If desired, pm for thumb BOR. Using backward loop method, CO 1 (0, 3, 2, 1) sts over thumb, work to end of round. (30 (36, 42, 48, 54) sts in rnd).
- With MC, work 0 (1, 2, 4, 6) rnds even
- Join CC and work Rnds 1 – 21 of Chart B
- Break MC and continue in CC
- If desired, work even in CC until hand reaches desired length less 1-1/2″ for top shaping
SHAPE TOP: Work decrease rnds as follows:
- 1st dec rnd: *K 5 (6, 8, 9, 10), k2tog* repeat to end of rnd (4 sts decreased). Knit 1 rnd even.
- Next dec rnd: *K 4 (5, 6, 7, 8), k2tog* repeat to end of rnd. (4 sts decreased). Knit 1 rnd even.
- Continue decreasing in this manner (having 1 less stitch between decreases) 4 ( 5, 7, 8, 9) times to 12 sts in rnd.
- Next rnd: K 1, k2tog (8 sts in rnd). Break thread, thread through remaining sts, draw up snugly and end off.
- Transfer held sts to dpn’s. Join MC to last held st.
- Pick up and knit 3 cast on sts at base of hand, placing marker for BOR between 2nd and 3rd sts.
- Knit to 3 sts before BOR, ssk, k1, k2tog, k to end of rnd. (10 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts in rnd).
- Work even until thumb measures 2” (2-1/4”, 2-1/2”, 2-3/4”, 3”) or desired finished length from picked up sts.
- Next rnd: k2tog around.
- Break thread, thread through remaining sts, draw up snugly and end off.
FINISHING: Weave in ends. Wet block to dimensions.
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