Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Support Philabundance By Making A Mitten for our Mitten Garland!

We love the Smitten Mitten Garland! This year, we're gathering mittens knit by our customers to add to our garland. For each mitten you make and donate to our garland, we will donate $1 to Philabundance and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a lovely holiday prize. We're accepting mitten donations through December 30.

The designer of the Smitten Mitten Garland, Emily Ivey, has graciously allowed us to publish it here, so you can get going on your wee mitten! The mitten is knit with worsted weight yarn, so it goes really quickly and can use up all those smidges of yarn you have leftover from other projects. (Hint - the thumb is knit flat and sewn up, so there's no kooky fiddling with double-points on 10 sts!)

Smitten Mitten Pattern

Materials #5 double points or 29” circular (for Magic Loop
Worsted weight yarn Gauge 5 sts /1” yields mittens that are approximately 4.5” from fingertip to cuff.

Note: M1- lift the strand between the stitches from front to back with the LH needle and knit through the back loop

Cast on 3 stitches leaving a 6" tail, work I-cord (see below for explanation) on these three stitches for 3" (about 18 rows). With a knitted cast-on, cast on 21 more stitches for a total of 24. Arrange stitches evenly on three double pointed needles and join to work in the round. (8-8-8) or (14-14 for Magic Loop) Rounds begin and end opposite the thumb.

Rounds 1-8: *K1, P1 repeat from * to end of round (8 rounds of ribbing) Switch to stockinette and begin the body of the mitten
Round 9: K3, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K3 (28 sts)
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: K12, M1, K4, M1, K12 (30 sts)
Rounds 12-15: Knit (4 rounds)
Round 16: K12, M1, K6, M1, K12 (32 sts)
Rounds 17-19: Knit (3 rounds)
Round 20: K12, M1, K8, M1, K12 (34 sts)
Rounds 21-22 Knit (2 rounds)
Round 23: K12 and move them onto needle 1, K10, move the remaining 2 stitches on needle 2 onto needle 3 for safe keeping (12-10-12)

Work back and forth on the 10 stitches on needle 2 to make the thumb.
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Purl 2 together 5 times
Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Draw the tail through the live stitches of the thumb, pull up and secure. The tail will be used to sew up the side of the thumb when finishing.

Continue Round 23 by attaching the yarn at the beginning of needle three and knitting all of the stitches on it. Rearrange stitches evenly on three needles and mark start of round if needed. (8-8-8) (14-14 for ML)
Round 24-30: Knit (7 rounds)
Round 31: SSK twice, K6, K2TOG, SSK, K6, K2TOG twice (18 sts)
 Round 32: Knit
Round 33: *Knit 2 together; repeat from * to end of round (9 sts)

Break yarn, draw tail through the remaining stitches, pull up and secure. Hide tail inside. Using the tail on the thumb, sew up the side of the thumb. Fold the end of the I-cord to the mitten cuff and sew in place with the cast-on tail to form a loop for hanging. Weave in (or hide) all yarn ends.

1. Cast on 3 sts
2. Knit one row
3. DO NOT TURN THE WORK. Slip your work to the other end of your double-pointed needle or circular needle. Your working yarn will be coming from the left end of your work.
4. Pull the working yarn firmly along the back of your work and knit the next row.
5. Repeat 3. and 4. until you have I-cord of the desired length


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