Monday, October 3, 2011

Making Mittens

We have been enjoying some beautiful aspen color for the last couple of weeks, but the temperature is starting to drop along with the golden leaves - time to make a hat and maybe some mittens with the leftover yarn!

I used Lonesome Stone Alpaca, but any 3-4 weight yarn will do.  Weight of yarn will naturally affect the gauge.
Size 4, 6, and 7 knitting needles (or again, needles that will get you the size you want).  I used circular for the hat, but you could make a seam if you want to use straight needles.


Cast on 56 stitches  size 6 needles.
K2, P2 ribbing for 7-8 rows.
Change to size 7 needles.
Stockinette stitch for the next 3-4 inches.
Row 1   *K5, K2tog (rep from *)
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: K if using circular, P if using straight needles.
Row 3  *K4, K2tog (rep from *)
Row 5  *K3, K2 tog (rep from *)
Row 7  *K2, K2 tog (rep from *)
Row 9  *K1, K2 tog (rep from *)
Row 11* K2 tog (rep from *)
Run a yarn needle through remaining stitches, pull tight, seam if needed, weave in ends

Thumbless Mittens

Cast on 23 stitches on size 4 needles.
Row 1   P1, K1 across
Row 2   K1, P1 across
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have 5 rows, ending after a Row1.
Change to size 6 needles and increase five stitches, evenly spaced (28 stitches).
Stockinette stitch for 6-7 rows.
On a purl row, purl 14, place a marker, purl to the end.
Row 1  K2, SL1, K1, PSSO, K to 3 before the marker, K2tog, K1, slip marker, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, knit until four before end of row, K2tog, K2.
Row 2  Purl
Repeat these two rows until 16 stitches remain.
Last row - K2 tog across.
Draw yarn through remaining 8 stitches, pull tight, seam and weave ends.

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