Sunday, 12 June 2016

Cabled Fingerless Mittens

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We are 9 months into our move - and the weather has been varied but mostly wonderful.  That is until this week.  The temperature dropped to minus 1 one morning on my way to work .. which I love. I am obsessively watching the temperature drop and getting more excited the lower it gets.  Everyone thinks I'm crazy and probably by the end of the winter the low temperatures will be a cause for dismay, but right now I'm looking forward to them. The changing weather was one of the reasons that we wanted to move to Victoria in the first place.

So, now it's serious knitting time and, as my children are flying over in a month, I thought I would knit them something simple yet practical.
My son has asked for a pair.  A few years ago when I wanted to knit some and asked if he would like a pair, his words were something like .. "No, not ever .. "  My heart sank as all knitting hearts do when the people you want to knit for don't want a bar of it.  However, once he reluctantly modelled a pair for me, he 'quite' liked them and wanted a pair.  So hang in there .. one day the reluctant recipients in your knitting world may change their mind.  .. and now it's only fair that everyone have some.  These mittens are actually for my daughter.

After knitting a pair of socks, there is always quite a bit of wool left over and for years I have been meaning to knit a sock blanket with all the left overs - that hasn't happened yet and I can't see me starting it any time soon, but there is enough wool to make a small pair of mittens.  It's a small project that knits up over the course of a couple of evenings (they are long evenings here as well - it's dark by 5.30pm).

Materials.


Sock yarn (about 25g or half a ball)
Set of 2.50 DPN's
2 stitch markers
Cable needle  (If you would prefer to cable without using a cable needle, our instructions can be found here  The instructions are for a 6 cable so reduce the number of stitches to 4 and the premise is the same)

Abbreviations

COn - Cast on.  Use you favourite method but ensure that it is not too tight.
PM - Place stitch marker
M1 - Knit into the 'bar' between the 2 stitches.  If you are unsure, the instructions can be found here.
K4F - Place 2 stitches on the cable needle and hold at the front of your work.  K2, then knit the stitches on your cable needle.
K4B - Place 2 stitches on the cable needle and hold at the back of your work.  K2, then knit the stitches on your cable needle.
COff - Cast off.  Ensure that the cast off is quite loose or the mittens may be too tight around the fingers.
SLM - Slip marker.  Simply move it from the left needle to the right.

Pattern

CO 64 stitches and then arrange 16 on each needle.  Join (being careful not to twist your stitches) and establish a K2, P2 rib.
Left Hand Mitten Chart

Continue until the ribbing measures at least 8 cm.

Left Hand Mitten

Row 1: K10 [Knit Row 1 of Left Hand Chart], K to end

Row 2: K10 [Knit Row 2 of Chart]

Row 3: M1, PM, K to pattern row stitches [Knit Row 3 of Chart], K to end

Row 4: K1, SLM, K to pattern row stitches [Knit Row 4 of Chart], K to end

Row 5: M1, K to next marker, M1, SLM, K to pattern stitches [Knit row 6 of chart], K to end.

..There should now be 3 stitches before the stitch marker..

The increasing at the start of the row forms the thumb.

Continue the chart pattern that has been established (increasing for the thumb in every second row), continue until there are 19 stitches before the stitch marker.

Next Row:  Thread 19 stitches onto waste yarn,  [Knit required row of Left Hand Chart], K to end

Once you have 19 stitches, thread a contrasting yarn through the stitches to hold them and remove them from the needle.  Don't pull the thread too tight.  You should now be back to 64 stitches.

Continue knitting the charted pattern until you reach row 44.

At the start of the next row, establish a K2,P2 rib and continue for 5 rows.

Cast off.

Thumb

Pick up the 19 stitches on 3 needles.  Join the thread and knit to the end of the row.  Once you reach the end, pick up and knit 3 stitches evenly across the gap and continue to knit for 4 rows.

Establish a K1,P1 rib and continue for 4 rows and loosely cast off.

To finish

Weave in all ends and ensure the ends for the thumb are very secure.

Right Hand Mitten


Cast on 64 stitches and establish a K2, P2 ribbing as for the Left Hand Mitten.

Row 1: K10 [Knit Row 1 of Right Hand Chart], K to end

Row 2: K10 [Knit Row 2 of Chart]

Row 3: K10 [Knit Row 3 of Chart], K10, PM, M1, PM, K to end - (65 stitches)

Row 4: K10 [Knit Row 4 of Chart], K10, SLM Knit to next marker, SLM, Knit to end

Row 5: K10 [Knit Row 5 of Chart], K10, SLM, M1, Knit to next marker, M1, SLM, Knit to end

Next Row: K10 [Knit required row of Right Hand Chart],  K10, thread 19 thumb stitches onto waste yarn, K to end



Continue knitting the charted pattern until you reach row 44.

At the start of the next row, establish a K2,P2 rib and continue for 5 rows.

Cast off.

Thumb

As per Left Hand Mitten

To finish

Weave in all ends and ensure the ends for the thumb are very secure.

Once you have the rhythm of the pattern, they knit up very quickly and the end result is a small, warm gift for my children when they arrive next month.

Happy Knitting,
Louise










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4 comments:

  1. Hello Neighbour!, when reading cold in Victoria, I imagined Victoria, Canada, not Vict, Australia!! Brrrr yes it's cold here in Lilydale, where are you? Love your knitting, must get the needles clacking again. Annette

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  3. g'day, love the look of these mittens! i don't have any sock yarn but i do have lots of 8ply wool, how do i change the pattern so it would work for that?

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  4. My only request would be to make a printer-friendly link for the pattern, maybe on Ravelry?

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