Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Mystery Mitt!

I am hosting the April Mystery Mitt Knit A Long (KAL) in the Ravelry Fingerless Gloves Fanatics group.

I don't have a name for it yet, but need to get the first clue released!  Sooooo. . . I'm going to try something a little different.  I'll release the first clue here on my blog!  That gives me a week to get a name figured out, so that I can load it properly into the Ravelry database before releasing the second clue. I'll put a link to that here, once I get it uploaded, so you can find the rest of the pattern.

The original is written for a 6.5 inch hand circumference, but fits my (7.5 inch) hand just fine as well.  I plan to KAL with the group, making adjustments for a 7.5 inch hand circumference (60 stitches cast on), which should easily stretch to fit up to 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

 April 2015 Mystery Mitt, Clue #1:

These mitts are knit from the fingers to the cuff.  They begin with the thumb, which will be added to the hand later. They work great with a Self-Striping or Variegated yarn.  Of course, they’ll still be pretty in a solid or tonal as well.

Yarn:  Fingering Weight Yarn. Sample used Biscotte & Cie Felix Self-Striping.
Needles:  Circular or double pointed needles required for your preferred method of small-circumference knitting in the round, US2 (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge:  8 stitches per inch, 10 rows per inch in stockinette stitch.
Other materials needed:  Waste yarn or stitch holders, darning needle, stitch markers

Finished size will fit hands from 6.5-7.5 inches (16.5 - 19 cm) in circumference.

Thumb (make 2):
Cast on 20* stitches. Join to work in the round.
Knit 4 rounds.
(YO, K2tog) around.
Knit 4 rounds.
Knit 1 round, knitting each stitch together with stitch from the cast on.**

This can also be done using a provisional cast on.  Then you would carefully knit one live stitch together with one provisional cast on stitch.

Knit until the thumb is 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) or desired length.

Place all thumb stitches on waste yarn or spare needles until needed later. Break yarn, leaving enough of a tail to graft 4 stitches and weave in ends.

* If you need your thumb to be larger than 2.5 inches (about 6 cm), add stitches in increments of 2. This ensures continuity of the picot edging.

** Click here for a good photo tutorial of this process

Hand (make 2):
Cast on 52 stitches*. Place beginning of round marker if desired,  and join to work in the round. (Again, this can be done using a provisional cast on)
Knit 5 rounds.
(YO, K2tog) around.
Knit 5 rounds.
Knit 1 round, knitting each stitch together with one stitch from the cast on. **
Knit 2 rounds. 

*If you need your hand circumference to be larger than 6.5-7 inches (16.5-17.8 cm), then add stitches in increments of 2.  This ensures continuity of the picot edging.  Then, these stitches will become additional stockinette stitches in the hand.  For example, if you need an 8 inch (20 cm circumference mitt, cast on 64 stitches. 

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