November 25, 2007 by ysolda

DSCF6356.JPG Here's what the garter stitch I was soothing my frustration with the knitting machine with turned into, little mitts knit from side to side and shaped with short rows. They're a very simple little knit and a great way to use a small amount of yarn, I haven't made the second one yet but it's definitely going to use less than a single (50g) ball.

Notes:

I used Rowan Felted Tweed, a double knitting weight yarn, with 3.75mm needles. I certainly wouldn't bother swatching for these, your swatch would be almost as big as the mitt, and you should be able to tell whether it's coming out the right sort of size pretty quickly and if at the end you decide it's not big enough just throw in some extra rows. For reference though my gauge with the fabric un-stretched is 6 sts and 9 rows to the inch.

I've written the pattern up in 2 sizes, the smaller fits me and my wrists are 5 3/4" and around my knuckles (with fingers together) is 7 1/4, the larger size should fit wrists / hands a couple of inches larger. The best way to size these though is probably to treat the pattern as a guide and fit them to your hands as you go. I've left the stitch count for both sizes the same, but you can easily adjust it to get the length and proportion of hand to wrist part that you want.

I wrap and turn my short rows but don't bother picking up the wraps since they get hidden in the garter stitch. It isn't totally necessary to even bother with the wrapping but I do think it looks a little neater.

These are knit flat so you can use either straight or circular needles.

Since it's garter stitch you can just make each mitt the same and then turn one inside out to make the pair. They will technically not be identical, but close enough to make spot the difference tricky.

Abbreviations: k: knit w+t: wrap and turn slm: slip marker RS: the right side should be facing you.

Is that it? Told you these were simple!

Instructions:

Provisionally cast on 42 sts (I like this method the best but you can use whatever method you like).

Knit 2 rows. Next row(RS): k24, place marker, w+t. Next row: k to end. Next row: k to end, slipping marker. K 5[7] rows. Next row (RS): k to marker, slm, w+t. K 3 rows.

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The following rows will create the thumb. Next row: k to 3 sts before marker, w+t. Next row: k to 10 sts from end, turn without wrapping. Next row: k to 6 sts before marker, w+t. Next row: k to 10 sts from end, turn without wrapping. Next row: k to 9 sts before marker, w+t. Next row: k to 10 sts from end, turn without wrapping. Knit 2 [4] rows working across all stitches from thumb to wrist but ignoring the 10 stitches beyond the thumb. Next row: k to 9 sts before marker, w+t. Next row: k to 10 sts from end, turn without wrapping. Next row: k to 6 sts before marker, w+t. Next row: k to 10 sts from end, turn without wrapping. Next row: k to 3 sts before marker, w+t. Next row: k to 10 sts from end, turn without wrapping. Next row: k to end. Next row: k to end, working across all stitches to complete the thumb. *Next row (RS): k to marker, slm, w+t. K 7 [9] rows. Repeat last 8 [10] rows 4 times. Next row (RS): k to marker, slm, w+t. K 2 [4] rows. Unravel provisional cast on and slip held stitches onto second needle. Graft the 2 sets of stitches together, if you're unsure of how to graft garter stitch or curious about the ins and outs of kitchener stitch Wooly Wormhead has a great tutorial available as a pdf from this page (scroll down).

I'm rather sleepy, and I wrote up this pattern after making the first mitt and before making the second so do let me know if I've left out anything.Going to make the second now and then try and decide whether the yarn I used, that felt so, so soft in the ball, really does scratch my super sensitive wrists too much to wear them. If it does at least I've got a gift for someone with less sensitive skin. Actually if you've used felted tweed I'd love to know whether you thought it at all irritating, might help me figure out if it's just me or if I've made something no one will want to wear.

Edited to fix the fact that I was so sleepy while writing this that I couldn't count.

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