Fingerless mitts for the whole family with an interesting construction method that follows the shape of the hand. Simple rib and garter stitch highlight the architectural lines and show off the subtle depth of semi-solid yarns. Using only a small amount of yarn they’re an excellent way to use up leftover sock yarn.
The mitts begin at the cuff which is worked in the round using the magic loop technique. A provisional cast on is used to add stitches for the hand which is worked back and forth in garter stitch with an I-cord edge and decreased across the live cuff stitches. Instead of a traditional gusset, shaping for the thumb is added by working across the hand and remaining cuff stitches, decreasing where they join to create a triangle of garter stitch across the palm. The remaining garter stitches are joined to the provisional cast on stitches above the thumb with a three needle bind off and triangular gusset that is worked downwards to join the remaining thumb stitches. The thumbs are then worked in the round. The only cast-on and bound-off edges are at the base of the cuff and the top of the thumb and the only finishing required before gifting is weaving in the ends and blocking.
Fingering weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.
Shown in MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (100% Merino, 420yds / 384m, 3.53oz / 100g) in Tern (additional photos in Ink).
100[150, 210, 260, 345, 415]yds / 90[135, 190, 240, 315, 380]m
Yarn quantities include padding to account for differences between knitters but do not include yarn for swatching.
28 stitches and 56 rows = 10 cm in garter st
Scrap yarn, spare needle of any kind in the same or slightly smaller size as the working needle.
US 2½ - 3.0 mm, 24"/60cm or longer circular needle.
Toddler[kid, adult s, m, l, xl]