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home » issue 4 » Patterns » The Mitten Wardrobe

The Mitten Wardrobe

by Kate Atherley

Model: Jonathan Marshall



If you live in a colder climate, mittens are a simple fact of life. You need to keep your hands covered for at least a couple of months of the year. Even as the weather warms and people begin to shed their winter jackets, mittens can be useful in keeping the wind at bay.

Hence the Simple Mittens pattern below. Good old mittens.

It’s true that mittens are warmer than gloves, but they do rather hamper dexterity. So I've whipped up some alternative features to meet special needs.

The Bad Habit mitten. These used to be known as hunter’s mittens, with a separate index finger to operate the trigger of a hunting rifle. They’re just as useful for that equally politically incorrect smoking habit.

And flip-top convertible mittens, designed for all the mothers I know. The top flips open to expose the fingers, making it easier to buckle up the car seat on cold winter mornings.



SKILL LEVEL FOR ALL MITTS: Intermediate


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The Simple Mitten - 2 Colour Version

Ingredients

Sizing

Where two numbers appear, the first is for woman’s size, the second for man’s. When only one number appears, it applies to both sizes.

Gauge

Abbreviations

SPUN’s Standard List of Abbreviations can be found HERE

Method

Step 1 - Cuff

With smaller needles and Contrasting Colour, cast on 32 (42) stitches. Join the round, being careful not to twist. The yarn tail from the cast-on marks the beginning of the round.

Step 2 - Start Body

Change to 4mm needles.

Step 3 - Place Marker for Thumb


The scrap yarn marks where you will create the thumb later.

Step 4 - Finish the Body

Knit until the mitten measures 16cm (21cm) total in length.

Rearrange stitches on needles as follows:

Step 5 - Decrease and Closure


Woman’s size:

Work a decrease round as follows:

Continue to work in stocking stitch, repeating a three-round pattern of 1 decrease round and 2 even rounds, until 18 stitches remain in total.

Cut yarn, leaving a 10 cm tail and pull through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in end to secure.


Man’s size:

Work a decrease round as follows:

Continue to work in stocking stitch, alternating decrease rounds and even rounds, until 20 stitches remain in total.

Cut yarn, leaving a 10 cm tail and pull through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in end to secure.

Step 6 - Thumb

Remove the thumb marker yarn, and with Contrasting Colour, pick up the 5 (6) “open” stitches on either side. Starting with the needle closest to the ribbing, knit the 5 (6) stitches. With that same needle, pick up 2 in the “corner” between the lower and upper needles. Knit the 5 (6) stitches on the upper needle. Using a new needle, pick up 2 stitches in the opposite “corner”. You have established a round of 14 (16) stitches.

Rearrange the stitches so that they’re relatively evenly distributed on the needles.

Cut yarn and pull through stitches. Turn the thumb inside out, pull the yarn tail through to the wrong side and secure. If there are holes at the base of the thumb, use the yarn tail there to tighten it up.



Simple Mittens - 4 Colour Version

Ingredients



Bad Habit Mittens

Ingredients

Gauge

21 sts and 28 rows over 10cm/4 inches in stocking stitch in the round with 4mm needles

Sizing

Where two numbers appear, the first is for woman’s size, the second for man’s. When only one number appears, it applies to both sizes.

Method

A right-handed smoker will only need the right-hand mitt of this set; the left-hand mitt can be worked using the Simple Mitten pattern.

Work Simple Mitten pattern to end of Step 3.

Step 4 - Continue the Body

Step 5 - Place Index Finger

Step 6 - Complete Index Finger

Work 7cm (8cm) in stocking stitch.

Cut yarn and pull through stitches. Turn the finger inside out, pull the yarn tail through to the wrong side and secure.

Step 7 - Complete the Body

Put 30 held stitches back onto the needles. Rejoin yarn at the base of the index finger. Pick up 2 stitches over the cast-on stitches used to create the index finger. 32 stitches total.

Rejoin round and work even until body of mitt measures 20cm (24cm)

Rearrange stitches on needles as follows:

Step 8 - Decrease and Closure

Work a decrease round as follows:

Cut yarn, leaving a 10 cm tail and pull through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in end to secure.

Step 9 - Thumb

Complete Thumb as per Simple Mitten, working in Orange.



Mother’s Mittens (aka the flip top convertible mitten)

Mother's Mittens

Ingredients

Gauge

21 sts and 28 rows over 10cm/4 inches in stocking stitch in the round with 4mm needles

Work Bad Habit Mitten pattern to end of Step 5.

Step 6 - Complete Index Finger

Cut yarn and weave in ends to secure. Use yarn tail to close up any holes at the base of the finger.

Step 7 - Second Finger

Reattach the yarn at the base of the cast-on stitches for the Index Finger. Pick up 2 stitches over the cast-on stitches. Using a new needle, pick up the first 5 “open” stitches on the one side of the hand from the holder. Using a new needle, cast on 2 stitches and pick up the corresponding 5 “open” stitches on the other side of the hand. You will have re-established a round of 14 stitches.

Cut yarn and weave in ends to secure. Use yarn tail to close up any holes at the base of the finger.

Step 8 - Ring Finger

Reattach the yarn at the base of the cast-on stitches for the Second Finger. Pick up 2 stitches over the cast-on stitches. Using a new needle, pick up the first 5 “open” stitches on the one side of the hand from the holder. Using a new needle, cast on 2 stitches and pick up the corresponding 5 “open” stitches on the other side of the hand. You will have re-established a round of 14 stitches.

Cut yarn and weave in ends to secure. Use yarn tail to close up any holes at the base of the finger.

Step 9 - Little Finger

Reattach the yarn at the base of the cast-on stitches for the Ring Finger. Pick up 2 stitches over the cast-on stitches. Pick up last 10 “open” stitches on from the holder. You will have re-established a round of 12 stitches.

Cut yarn and weave in ends to secure. Use yarn tail to close up any holes at the base of the finger.

Step 10 - Flip Top

With safety pins, mark the centre 14 (16) stitches of the back of the hand, 3cm (4cm) up from the thumb position.

With Contrasting Colour, cast 28 stitches onto a single 4mm needle. Using that same needle, pick up the marked 16 stitches from the back of the hand. Distribute these 42 (44) stitches across 3 needles and join in a round, being careful not to twist.

You’re now working the flap of the mitten, attached to the mitten itself at the centre back.

Rearrange stitches on needles as follows:

Work decrease and closure as per Step 5 of the Simple Mitten.

Step 11 - Thumb

Complete Thumb as per Simple Mitten, working in Main Colour.



About the author: When not at her day job, Kate’s a designer, writer and knitting teacher. She lives in Toronto with her husband, dog and cat. Visit her blog, wise hilda for more of her musings and fantastic knitting tips.


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