Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Checkered Mittens

These thick and colorful mittens are easier to make than you might think!   Although they can be made in any combination of 3 colors, it looks nice to have two colors that complement one another and one neutral contrast color such as white or beige.  This pattern will make size medium women’s mittens. 
One set of size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry Needle
Three 50 gram skeins of worsted weight yarn (approx 150 yds each).  For the mittens shown, the main color (MC) yarn used was Manos silk (70% extra fine merino, 30% silk) in blue;  contrast color 1 (CC1) was Manos silk yarn in powder and contrast color 2 (CC2) was Rowan cocoon (80% merino wool, 20% kid mohair) in polar.
Scrap of yarn in different color to mark thumb opening
Mitten Mania

Using CC1, loosely cast on 48 sts.  Join ends being careful not to twist sts.  Work 2 rounds in K2 P2 ribbing.  Change to CC2 and work 1 round of K2 P2.  Change to MC and continue in K2 P2 ribbing until cuff measures 2 inches.

Work the following 18 rounds of pattern sts:
Rounds 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18:  Knit all sts in MC
Rounds 3, 4, 15 and 16:  K2 in MC, K2 in CC2;  repeat for entire round
Rounds 5 and 14:  Knit all sts in CC1
Rounds 6, 7, 12 and 13:  K2 CC2, K2 MC;  repeat  for entire round

Work Round 1 again.
Round 2:  To mark the thumb opening that you will use later, K2 sts in MC, then K next 9 sts using piece of the scrap yarn.  Slip these 9 sts back to the left needle and K them again in MC; continue working to end of round.
Continue with remaining 16 rounds of pattern above.

Work pattern a third time for rounds 1-13
To decrease the fingertip end of mittens:
Round 14:  Using CC1 K2tog around (24 sts remain)
Rounds  15 and 16: K1 MC, K1 CC2, repeat for rest of round
Round 17:  Using MC, K2tog around (12 sts remain)
Round 18:  Using MC, K2tog around (6 sts remain)
Cut yarn, leaving 5 inches.  Thread tapestry needle and pass through all sts.  Pass through center, pull tight and tie off. 

Carefully remove the scrap yarn from the thumb opening one stitch at a time, slipping the top 9 sts onto one DPN and the bottom 9 sts onto a different DPN.  Starting with the bottom needle and MC yarn, K9 and then pick up and K1 st from side of opening.  K9 sts from upper needle and pick up and K1 st from other side of opening.  Use scrap yarn to mark end of round (20 sts).   
Divide sts evenly on 3 DPNs.  Continue with rounds 3 to 18 of pattern. 
Knit round 1 again in MC.
Round 2:  K2tog in MC, K2tog in CC2; repeat around (10 sts)
Round 3:  Using CC1 K2tog, K3; repeat around (8 sts)
Round 4:  K2tog in MC around (4 sts).  Cut yarn, leaving 3 inches.  Thread tapestry needle and pass through all sts.  Pass through center, pull tight and tie off.   Use remaining yarn end to draw together gaps in sts around thumb opening. 

Repeat to make another mitten. 

CC1 – contrast color 1
CC2 – contrast color 2
DPN – double-pointed needles
K – Knit
K2tog – Knit two stitches together
MC – main color
P - purl
St – stitches

This pattern was adapted from “60 More Quick Knits” by Sixth and Spring Books.

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