Thursday, March 1, 2012

Patons SWS Mittens

***Link to Ravelry Pattern Page***


1 ball Patons SWS yarn
A set of 4, 4.5mm dpns
A set of 4, 5mm dpns
Some waste yarn
A yarn needle

Skills needed:
Knit and Purl
Make 1 (m1)
Knit 2 together (K2tog)
Working in the round on dpns or magic loop method (or 2 circulars)
Picking up stitches
Kitchener stitch

On 5mm needles my gauge was 4.5sts per inch

Size: This mitten was knit for my hands which measure 6.25 inches around wrist, 7 inches from tip of middle finger to the base of the palm.

The Mitten
-Cast on 28 stitches on 4.5 dpns. Separate them 7 stitches on first and third needle, 14 stitches on second needle.
-Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing for 18 rows (approx 3 inches)
-Switch to 5mm needles and knit one round
-increase round- Knit 7sts, m1, knit 14 sts, m1, knit 7 stitches
--> Now that I am more experienced with knitting I would probably chose to do the appropriate LEFT and RIGHT leaning increases. But it's all up to you!
-Knit 2 rounds
--increase round-- Knit 8 sts, m1, Knit 14 sts, m1, knit 8 sts
-Knit 9 rows (approx 5 inches to bottom of ribbing)
---> For the next round chose the appropriate hand's thumb hole instructions
---Thumb hole round for left hand-- Knit 4 sts, put 4 sts on waste yarn, cast back on 4 sts, knit rest of round
---Thumb hole round for right hand-- Knit 24 sts (needles 1 and 2) put next 4 sts on waste yarn, cast back on 4 sts, knit last 4 sts of round
-Knit 22 rounds (approx 9 inches to bottom of ribbing)
--Decrease round-- Knit 6sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 12sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 6 sts
---> Again, now that I am more experienced I would use the appropriate left and right leaning decreases (links to a knitting help website with awesome instructions are on the right side of the blog)
-Knit 1 round (no decreases)
-Decrease round-- Knit 5 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 11 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 5 sts
-Decrease round-- Knit 4 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 10 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 4 sts
-Decrease round-- Knit 3 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 9 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 3 sts
-Decrease round-- Knit 2 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 8 sts, K2tog, K2tog, Knit 2 sts
-Knit next 3 sts on needle 1 and move those stitches to needle 3 so you can do Kitchener stitch
- Finish stitching them up and weave in ends.

The Thumb
-Pick up the 4 stitches on waste yarn
-continue to pick up 7 more stitches from around the thumb hole (I had 4 sts on needles 1 and 2 and 3 sts on needle 3)
-Knit 10 rounds (or until your thumb is covered)
--Decrease round-- Knit 2 sts, K2tog, Knit 2 sts, K2tog, Knit last 3 sts
- Cut yarn leaving a good length of yarn to weave in through these sts and pull tight and then continue to weave in these yarn tails from making the thumb.
--> Repeat for second mitt using the opposite thumb hole instructions.

---> This pattern was written quite a while ago when I was just getting into knitting. Please ask if you have any questions.

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