Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mitten Pattern

Mittens for the Fishermen

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)

Textured Pattern

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, k1

Row 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**

Mitten Body

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.**

Mitten Chart:

Thumb Top:

Thumb Gusset:

Thumb Gusset

Knit 2 rows in pattern (see chart)

Next row:

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 end

Ndl 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)

Next row:

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**

Mitten Body

Continue knitting in pattern until desired length is reached leaving approximately 2.5 inches for mitten top.

Mitten Top

Decrease top of mitten according to chart.

Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail and weave through remaining sts using the Kitchener technique.


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

k: knit

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)

ndl: needle

p: purl

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 Stitch

sts: stitches


Judy S. said...

Nice looking mittens, thanks!

aija said...

Very nice!

aija said...

ps, only one skein of malabrigo?!

Cathy Goldman said...

This is a beautiful pattern. IS there a "printable" pattern or should I just print it from your blog. thanks cg

sallyg said...

Love this pattern and thank you so much for giving it to us for free! Just wondering if there is a mistake in the last decrease. On the right side it jogs in two stitches instead of one as with the other decreases.