Saturday, June 7, 2008

Always and Forever Fingerless Mitts

A simple pattern forms lace ribs allowing these mitts to fit a range of sizes. Knit in white as wedding gloves, they will look just as lovely in any color.

Yarn: Patons Grace, 50 gm, 136 Yards/ 125 meters, 100% mercerized cotton, color of your choice.
Needles: Set of 4 Size 5 US (3.75mm) dpn
Stitch marker, tapestry needle
Gauge: 6 stitches = 1” unstretched.
Size: Will stretch to fit small to large hands.

Stitches used:
= knit
yo = yarn over
slk2po = slip 1, knit 2 tog, pass slipped stitch over.
M1L = Make 1 Left slant – With left needle tip, lift strand between sts from front to back. Knit the lifted st through the back.
M1R = Make 1 Right slant – With left needle tip, lift strand between sts from back to front, Knit the lifted st through the front.

Pattern Stitch
Rnd 1:
Rnd 2: *yo, k1, slk2po, k1, yo, k1; repeat from * around.

Cast on 36 stitches, divide the stitches evenly on 3 dp needles (12 sts per needle). Join, being careful not to twist stitches.
Begin knitting rounds 1 & 2 of Pattern Stitch.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 for 3“ (11 repeats of pattern st) or to desired length before start of thumb gusset, ending with rnd 1.

Thumb Gusset
Rnd 1:
at beg of rnd, pick up a st & knit, place marker; cont w rnd 2 of patt st to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: knit around
Rnd 3: M1R, knit sts before marker, M1L, slip marker, cont w pattern st to end.
Repeat rnds 2 & 3 until you have 15 sts for the thumb gusset.
Knit around 1 more time.

Finger Area
Place the 15 gusset stitches on waste yarn or st holder. Remove marker.
Next rnd: Join and continue to knit around starting with Rnd 2 of Pattern Stitch.
Repeat rnds 1 & 2 of Pattern Stotch 6 more times, or to desired length, ending with Rnd 1.

Bind off purlwise.

Distribute the stitches from the waste yarn or holder onto 3 needles (6, 6, 3).
Round 1: Begin knitting across the needle with the first 6 sts (needle 1); knit the next 9 sts; pick up and knit 4 stitches in the thumb gap. (19 stitches total).
Rnd 2: Knit 15 sts, ssk, k2tog. (17 sts)
Rnds 3-5: knit around.
Bind off purlwise.

Weave in all loose ends. Fill in any thumb base gaps, if needed.
Make second mitt as above.

The pattern is also available as a free Ravelry download!

This pattern is free for unlimited personal use. You may bookmark it, print it, copy and paste it. You can even make paper airplanes from your printed copy if you like. Just let people who are interested know where you got it.

This pattern is copyright © 2008 to Anne Sahakian for NanoEffects

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