These stranded mittens are much easier to knit than you might think, and are a great introduction to stranded knitting. The snowflake design will brighten up the greyest winter day, while the double thickness strands will keep your hands toasty warm.
- Set of 2.25mm (US 1) double pointed needles
- Posh Yarn Elinor (or equivalent sock weight yarn) in Main Colour (MC); 50g
- Posh Yarn Elinor (or equivalent sock weight yarn) in Contrast Colour (CC); 50g
- Stitch holder
- Row counter (optional)
- Tapestry needle
34 stitches / 36 rows per 4" in stranded stockinette
To fit ladies medium sized hand. Finished mitten measures 11" from tip to cuff, and 3.5" across width of palm.
Make sure that you carry your yarn quite loosely across the back of the work. It's a good idea to spread the stitches out as you carry the unused colour across the back, so that it doesn't pull the work in too tightly. Ideally you want the floats (the strands of unused yarn that are carried across the back of the work) to be loose, but not so loose that you will catch your fingers in them every time you put the mittens on.
In main colour (MC) cast on 50 stitches, and distribute evenly across your needles. Join without twisting, and commence K1, P1 rib. Work rib for 32 rows. The rest of the mitten will be worked in stocking stitch.
Increase row: *K4, K1fb*, repeat from * to * to end of round. You now have 60 stitches, 30 for the palm and 30 for the top of the mitten. Place 1st stitch marker at beginning of the round, place 2nd stitch marker after 30th stitch. Commence colour work, following the chart.
On Row 28 of the palm design, when you get to the blue/green line on the pattern, slip 10 stitches onto a stitch holder (following the positioning shown on the pattern, according to which hand you are knitting). Using backwards loop cast on, cast on 10 stitches, continue with design.
On Rows 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, commence decrease rows as follows:
Decrease row: K2tog, K to 2 stitches before 2nd stitch marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog, knit to 2 stitches before end, SSK.
To complete thumb (after the mitten has been knitted), using main colour, knit 10 stitches from holder, pick up and knit 10 more stitches around top of opening. Arrange the 20 stitches onto three dpns and join without twisting. Work around in stocking stitch until thumb measures 6cm from beginning. K2tog around. Cut yarn, leaving a tail, thread through the remaining stitches, and pull up to gather opening closed.
Cut the yarn leaving a tail. Thread tail back through the remaining stitches, pull up to gather the top opening closed. Weave in ends. Gently block to shape.