Scrap of yarn in different color to mark thumb opening
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)
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