Sunday, December 23, 2012

Moss Stitch Knit Mittens


When my sister-in-law asked if I could make her a pair of mittens, I told her how I never made mittens before, but it wasn't going to stop me!

Knit and Crochet. They are two completely different types of yarn work, and I am so glad that I know how to do both. They both have their positives and negatives. Crochet does happen to be a lot faster, and as for knit, I believe there are certain items that look better knit. Mittens, happen to be one of them.

So yes, when my sister-in-law asked if I would make her a pair of mittens, I could have crocheted them. I also could have chosen a simpler pattern. But, I did not. I choose a moss stitch pattern, that the pattern writer called "Mittens To Match Hermione's Deathly Hallows Graveyard Beret". I would have tried the hat as well, but ran out of yarn. I could not find any yarn that would match the dye lot... plus I wasn't sure if my sister-in-law wanted a hat as well.




I'm going to copy the pattern here as well. I really liked these mittens, and I would hate to want to make them again, and have the pattern not be there anymore. I'm saving paper too! The one thing I am doing, is switching the pattern for the RIGHT HAND and LEFT HAND. I found that the pattern for the LEFT HAND really fit my right hand better. Strange.

You will need worsted weight yarn, Size 5 DP needles, and 2 stitch markers.
Cuff:
Cast on 44 stitches. Distribute them over DP needles, making sure each needle has an even number of stitches
Join in the round, making sure not to twist the work.
K1 P1, repeat to the end of row
Continue this pattern for 3 inches


Right Hand:
Row 1: Knit around
Row 2 & 3: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 4 & 5: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 6: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, place stitch marker, M1, K2, M1, place stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 7: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 8: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 9: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 10 & 11: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 12: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 13: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 14: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 15: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 16 & 17: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 18: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 19: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 20: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 21: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 22 & 23: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 24: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 25: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 26: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 27: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, remove first stitch marker. Using a yarn needle pull a piece of holding
yarn through the stitches between the markers, you will come back to these stitches later. Remove second stitch marker. Cast on 2 stitches onto the needle with your first 16 stitches. These stitches replace the original two that are now part of the thumb gusset. Continue working with the stitches beyond the second stitch marker P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times. You should now have recreated a circle of 44 stitches for the hand portion.
Row 28: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 29: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 30: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 31: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Continue knitting in pattern until the mitten is long enough to hide your pinky finger (stretched is fine), making sure the last 2 rows are repeats of P2, K2.
Begin following instructions for Hand decrease.


Left Hand:
Row1: Knit around
Row 2 & 3: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 4 & 5: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 6: K2, P2, place stitch marker, M1, K2, M1, place stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 7: K2, P2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 8: P2, K2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 9: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 10 & 11: K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 12: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 13: P2, K2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 14: K2, P2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 15: K2, P2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 16 & 17: P2, K2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 18: K2, P2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 19: K2, P2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 20: P2, K2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 21: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 22 & 23: K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 24: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 25: P2, K2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 26: K2, P2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 27: K2, P2, remove first stitch marker. Using a yarn needle pull a piece of holding yarn through the stitches between the markers, you will come back to these stitches later. Remove second stitch marker. Cast on 2
stitches onto the needle with your first 4 stitches. These stitches replace the original two that are now part of the thumb gusset. Continue working with the stitches beyond the second stitch marker P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times. You should now have recreated a circle of 44 stitches for the hand portion.
Row 28: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 29: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 30: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 31: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Continue knitting in pattern until the mitten is long enough to hide your pinky finger making sure the last 2 rows are repeats of P2, K2.
Begin following instructions for Hand decrease.

Note: When creating the thumb gusset for the left hand - there will be 16 stitches, then a place marker, a variable number of stitches, then another place marker, followed by a 26 stitches. When creating the thumb gusset for the right hand - there will be 4 stitches, then a place marker, a variable number of stitches, then another place marker, followed by a 38 stitches.


Hand Decrease:
The previous 2 rows knit should have been repeats of P2, K2. The number in parentheses is the number of stitches you should have after completing the row.
Row 1: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times (40)
Row 2: *P2, K2* repeat 4 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 4 more times (40)
Row 3: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times, K2 (36)
Row 4: *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times (36)
Row 5: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times (32)
Row 6: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times (32)
Row 7: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 1 more time, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 1 more time, K2 (28)
Row 8: *P2, K2* repeat 6 more times (28)
Row 9: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 1 more time, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 1 more time (24)
Row 10: *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times (24)
Bind off using Kitchener closure.


Thumb:
You should have a hole with 16 stitches on your holding yarn and an edge from the hand part of the glove. Pick up 4 stitches from the hand portion. Slip the stitches from the holding yarn as well as the picked up stitches onto DP needles. Distribute 3 of the picked up stitches on the needle from which you will begin knitting, these will be the first 3 stitches of your row. Place the last picked up stitch on the last knitting needle. This will be the last stitch of your row. Recall that when you moved the stitches to the holding yarn you had just done this with them (K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1). Now you have 3+16+1. Therefore you should begin with this sequence so you continue correctly within the pattern:
Row 1: *P2, K2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 2 & 3: *K2, P2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 4 & 5: *P2, K2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 6-9: Continue to knit in the round and follow the moss stitch pattern, repeating rows 2-5 (20)
Row 10-13: Continue to knit in the round and follow the moss stitch pattern, repeating rows 2-5 (20)
Row 14: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, P2, K2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2 (16)
Row 15: P2, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P2 (16)
Row 16: K2, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2 (16)
Row 17: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2 (12)
Row 18 & 19: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2 (12)
Row 20: S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2 (8)
Bind off using Kitchener closure.

1 comment:

  1. oooh they look snuggly and a lovely clear pattern that even I could follow. thanks
    Merry Christmas
    xxx

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