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IT’S MITTEN MONTH!
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 😉
TODAY’S PATTERN: MERCURY
For our final Mitten Month pattern, I’ve chosen Mercury, simple mittens that feature a flowing lace motif of V’s and eyelets etched with garter stitch. A slightly denser gauge compensates for the pretty openwork, so Mercury will still manage wind and wet snow with ease. A deep band of garter stitch forms a thick, squishy cuff. The best part is the unusual gusset! I’ve chosen the sweeping ‘arched’ or ‘lifeline’ gusset for its elegant movement across the palm. A gently rounded top completes the mitten. Need more information about working the arched gusset? Check out this tutorial from PurlSoho.
TODAY’S LITTLE TREAT
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And now, without further ado, here’s this week’s pattern, the Mercury Mittens. 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!
Easy mittens with lace motif
YARN: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 100g/210 yds) 1 skein “Mercury” #77044
NEEDLES: Us 4, 3.50mm
- Circular needle with min. 40” cable (for Magic Loop)
- 5 double-pointed needles (for shaping and thumb, or for multiple-needle knitting in the round
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, 1 distinctive for BOR, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, stitch holder or waste yarn
GAUGE: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZES: S (M, L) [ 7 (7-1/2, 8)”” in circumference]
- Worked seamlessly in the round
- Worked from the cuff upward
- Thumb is worked with arched 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.
- Using the long-tail method cast on 38 (42, 46) sts. [For a video tutorial on the Long Tail Cast On, CLICK HERE]
- Join for working in the round.
- Work 2” in garter stitch (alternate knit and purl rnds) ending with purl rnd.
ARCHED THUMB GUSSET:
- Set Up Rnd: Work chart across first 19 (21, 23) sts, place a distinctive marker for new BOR, k 17 (19, 21), PM for thumb, k 2. From this point on, first half of stitches (Ndl 1) are palm, second half of stitches (Ndl 2) are back of hand.
- Continue working the chart across Ndl 2.
- Keeping Ndl 1 in stockinette stitch, work thumb gusset as follows:
- Thumb Inc. Rnd: K to thumb marker, SM, M1L, knit to end of Ndl.
Continue working as established, following the chart across Ndl 2 while working the thumb increase on Ndl 1 every rnd until 18 (20, 22) sts have been added, then:
- Work chart across Ndl 2 to 1 st from end, slip the last st.
- Place next 17 (19, 21) sts onto a stitch holder or length of waste yarn.
- Knit first st on left needle, and pass slipped stitch over, knit to end of Ndl 1. [ 38 (42, 46) sts in round].
- Set Up Rnd: K2, PM for thumb gusset, k 17 (19, 21), PM for new BOR. From this point on, first half of stitches (Ndl 1) are back of hand, second half of stitches (Ndl 2) are palm.
- Begin working chart across Ndl 1
- Keeping Ndl 2 in stockinette stitch, work thumb gusset across Ndl 2 as follows:
- Thumb Inc. Rnd: K to thumb marker, M1R, SM, knit to end of rnd.
Continue working as established, following the chart across Ndl 1 while working the thumb increase on Ndl 2 every rnd until 18 (20, 22) sts have been added, then:
- Work chart across Ndl 1 as established.
- Knit to 1 st before thumb marker, sl 1, place next 17 (19, 21) sts on stitch holder or length of waste yarn.
- Knit next st on left needle and pass slipped stitch over, knit to end of rnd. [ 38 (42, 46) sts in round].
Keeping the palm stitches in stockinette, work chart a total of five times ending with Rnd 10. (If you wish to make a longer mitten, work even in stockinette stitch across both needles until mitten is desired length allowing 1” for top shaping.)
SHAPE TOP: Work the following decreases:
- First Decrease: * k3 (4, 5), skp, k3, CDD (sl1, k2tog, psso), k3, k2tog, k3 (4, 5)* repeat on Ndl 2. Knit 1 rnd even.
- Second Decrease: * k3 (4, 5), skp, k1, CDD, k1, k2tog, k3 (4, 5)* repeat on Ndl 2. Knit 1 rnd even.
- Third Decrease: * k3 (4, 5), skp, k1, k2tog, k3 (4, 5) * repeat on Ndl 2. Knit 1 rnd even.
- Fourth Decrease: * skp 1 (2, 3) times, k1, k2tog 1 (2, 3) times] repeat on Ndl 2.
Break yarn and thread through remaining sts. End Off.
Place 17 (19, 21) held stitches onto 3 double pointed needles. Join yarn to last held stitch, knit first stitch and pass last held stitch over. [ 16 (18, 20) sts in rnd ]
Work even in stockinette until thumb measures 2-1/2″ from picked up sts or until desired length is reached allowing 1/2″ for top shaping.
Shape Top as follows:
- *K2tog* around. 8 (9, 10) sts remaining.
- For sizes Small and Large: *K2tog* around. [4 (5) sts remaining.]
- For size Medium: *K1, K2tog* around. [6 sts remaining]
Break yarn and thread through remaining sts. End Off.
FINISHING: Weave in ends and wet block to dimensions.
*Size Small: Red bordered area
*Size Medium: Green bordered area
*Size Large: Aqua bordered area
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