By Erica Lueder
Yarn: Worsted Weight – approx 200yds. Samples knit with Malabrigo Worsted.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) – set of 2 Circular Needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 24 sts per 4 inches (10cm)
Row 1: k1, p2, (k4, p1) x4, k1
Row 2: k1, p3, (k3, p2) x3, k3, p1, k1
Row 3: k1, p4, (k2, p3) x3, k2, p1, k1
Row 4: k1, p5, (k1, p4) x3, k1, p1, k1
Row 5: k1, p22, k1Row 6: k1, p1, k20, p1, k1
CO 44 sts (22 sts per ndl)
*k2p2* (or *k1p1 if one prefers) x 25 rows
Knit 1 row while increasing (kfbl) twice – evenly spaced – on each ndl (see chart).
** there should be 48 total sts at this point, 24 sts per ndl**
Knit one pattern repeat (see chart)
**NOTE: The chart shows the sts across each ndl; the pattern is repeated from right to left except when dealing with the thumb gusset. While knitting the thumb gusset, on ndl 2, knit the thumb gusset sts first (in place of first knit st in the row), then follow along in pattern.**
Knit 2 rows in pattern (see chart)
Ndl 1: k in pattern to last st on ndl, pm, M1L, k1
Ndl 2: k1, M1R, pm, knit to end in pattern
**4 thumb gusset sts**
Increase rows are now knit as follows:
Ndl 1: k in pattern to marker, sm, M1L, k to endNdl 2: k to marker, M1R, sm, k in pattern to end
Continue knitting mitten body in pattern while at same time, increasing thumb gusset every 4 rows x 3, then every 3rd row x 3.
**16 total thumb gusset sts**
Knit 1 row according to pattern (see chart)
Ndl 1: knit to 1 st before marker in pattern, kfbl. Remove marker. Place remaining thumb gusset sts on spare piece of yarn and remove from ndl.
Ndl 2: Place remaining thumb gusset sts on spare piece of yarn and remove from ndl. Remove marker. Kfbl, knit to end in pattern.
**48 total sts, 24 sts per ndl**
Continue knitting in pattern until desired length is reached leaving approximately 2.5 inches for mitten top.
Decrease top of mitten according to chart.
Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail and weave through remaining sts using the
Place thumb sts back on circular ndls while picking up 2 sts where the thumb meets the mitten body to close the gap.
**There should be 18 total thumb gusset sts, 9 sts per ndl**
Knit 15 rows in St st or until desired length is reached, leaving approx ¾ inch for thumb decreases.
Decrease across each ndl as follows:
Row 1: k1, k2tog, k6
Row 2: k5, k2tog, k1
Row 3: k2, k2tog, k3
Row 4: k2tog, k4
Row 5: k3, k2tog
Row 6: k1, k2tog, k1
Cut yarn leaving 6 inch tail and weave through remaining sts, pulling to close.
Weave in all ends.
CO: cast on
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
kfbl: knit into front and back of same stitch (increase)
M1R: make one right (increase)
M1L: make one left (increase)
pm: place marker
sm: slip marker
ssk: slip 1 st as if to knit, slip1 st as if to knit, knit (decrease)
St St: Stockinette Stitchsts: stitches