Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Figure 8 Wristwarmers

Supercute ladies mitts in an amazingly lovely yarn!

 

Yarn : K1 Yarns Selkie, 30% Cashmere, 70% Superwash Merino. Less than one 50g ball (= 217m). 

Needles : One pair 3 3/4 mm (US 5) and two cable needles.

Gauge: 26 stitches = 10cm in stocking stitch.

Size: One size fits all ladies!

Notation: 
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together
k2tog tbl knit two stitches together through the back of the loops
k1fb = knit into the front of the next stitch without slipping it off the left needle, then knit into the back
sl = slip
wyif = with yarn in front
RT = right twist = k2tog without slipping stitches off the left
needle, knit into first stitch again, then slip both stitches off left hand needle
CN = cable needle
X5 = slip first stitch onto CN and hold at the front of your knitting, the slip the next three stitches onto a second CN and hold at the back. Knit the next stitch, then the three from the second CN, then knit the stitch from the first CN.

Directions
Fisherman's Rib
Row 1: p1 *k1 p1* to end
Row 2: k1 * sl 1 wyif k1* to end

Cable Pattern:
Row 1: p2 k2 sl1 k2 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k2 sl1 k2 p2
Row 2: RT p2 k1 p2 k2 p1 k2 p2 k1 p2 RT
Row 3: as row 1
Row 4:  k2 p2 k1 p2 k2 p1 k2 p2 k1 p2 k2
Row 5: as row 1
Row 6: : RT p2 k1 p2 X5 p2 k1 p2 RT
Row 7: as row 1
Row 8: as row 4

Left Mitt

CO 37. Work Fisherman's Rib pattern for 11 rows.

Next row ( = wrong side) : k2 sl1 wyif k1fb *sl 1 wyif k2* four times, work 1st row of cable pattern, k2

Now work as follows:

Right side  p2, work next row of cable pattern *p2 k1* five times, p2
Wrong side k2 *sl1 wyif k2* five times, work next row of cable pattern, k2

On row 5 of the second repetition of the cable pattern and row 4 of the third repetition of the cable pattern k1fb instead of k1 on the first and last stitches of the row. After this there should be 42 stitches. Work the extra stitches in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. knit on wrong side, purl on right side).


Repeat the cable pattern five times, then work rows 1 to 7 once more.


Now work in Fisherman's Rib for 9 rows, ending on a right side row. Bind off on wrong side.

Right Mitt

CO 37. Work Fisherman's Rib pattern for 11 rows.

Next row ( = wrong side) :   k2, work 1st row of cable pattern, *k2 sl1 wyif * four times, k1fb sl 1 wyif k2

Now work as follows:

Right side   p2, *k1 p2* five times, work next row of cable pattern,  p2
Wrong side k2 , work next row of cable pattern, *k2 sl1 wyif * five times, k2

On row 5 of the second repetition of the cable pattern and row 4 of the third repetition of the cable pattern k1fb instead of k1 on the first and last stitches of the row. After this there should be 42 stitches. Work the extra stitches in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. knit on wrong side, purl on right side.)


Repeat the cable pattern five times, then work rows 1 to 6 once more. Then work row 7, but with a k1fb instead of the first knit stitch.


Now work in Fisherman's Rib for 9 rows, ending on a right side row. Bind off on wrong side.

Thumbs (Make Two!)

CO 14 .
Row 1: p2 *k1 p2* to end
Row 2: k2 *sl1 wyif k2* to end
repeat these two rows until thumb measures 4cm (or longer if you have long thumbs, mine are a little stubby...)

Continue working in this pattern, but decrease two stitches on every wrong side row by working k2tog tbl at the start, and k2tog at the end of each wrong side row. Also ensure the edge stitch is always worked in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. purl the first and last stitches of the row even if the pattern says knit). Keep going until you have two stitches left, then bind off and weave in loose ends.

Sew up along the straight 4cm of the thumbs, then sew the slanted decrease edge of the thumb onto the mitts as you sew the mitts' side seams. See diagram:


 Weave in loose ends and you're finished!


6 comments:

  1. thank you so much for sharing this beautiful patterns!

    marlene

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  2. Hey, these mitts are AMAZING and I'd love to make them, problem is I can't understand the pattern at all xD I am a bit of a rookie, but my mum used to be a pro and she can't make heads or tails of it either. Could you give any advice? Maybe it's because we're trying to use colorado yarn?

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  3. Hi ileikturtles, thanks very much for you comment!

    Ok, this pattern is a bit of a beast, and I wrote it in a bit of a rush so here's some hints:

    1.The plan is to knit two rectangles to go around your hands, then two bits to wrap around your thumbs, then sew everything up.

    2. The hand parts start off in Fisherman's rib over 37 stitches. You work 11 rows in this pattern, working rows 1 and 2 five times, then row 1 again. So the last row you knit is a right-side row (i.e. you'll be looking at the front of your work).



    3. After the fisherman's rib cuff comes the cabled part. You'll be working a kind of p2 k1 fisherman's rib on the palm of the hand part, and cables on the back.

    4. Problem is, we need an extra stitch, so in the first row we slip in a wee k1fb to give us 38 stitches to work over rather than 37.

    5. Now you'll be working p2 k1 rib on the right side of the palm, and sl 1 k2 on the wrong side of the palm, to give the ribbed looking palm part.

    6. On the other half, the "back of your hand" part, we'll be working in the cable pattern written at the top of the directions.

    7. But it gets tricky again! We need to add a few stitches at the sides to make sure the mitts fit your hand nicely, so we add a couple of stitches at the sides as we go, we work these extra stitches in reverse stocking stitch (purl on the right side, knit on the wrong side).

    8. Phew! After we've finished the cable pattern repeats (we repeat the cable pattern five times in full, then rows 1 to 7 once more) we go back to fisherman's rib for the bit that will go round your fingers.

    9. Ok, there was actually a mistake in the thumb part, you follow the instructions (work straight for 4cm, then decrease at the ends) until there are 2 stitches left, then bind off.

    10. Now you just need to sew them up!


    I really hope that helps, please please get back to me if it's still confusing!

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  4. Hi, this is a gorgeous pattern, and thanks so much for sharing it. I'm working on making a set for a friend for the holidays, and I think I need a pair myself, lol.

    I have a question about the pattern, though, and I was hoping you might help me out with it.

    When the last of the cable rows is done, the pattern says to work in Fisherman's Rib for 9 rows. However, after the increases there are now an even number of stitches instead of the odd number earlier. I tried working it anyway and it just didn't work.

    Can you let me know how to handle that? I'd really appreciate it!

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  5. Hi idyll,
    So sorry, this is a mistake in the pattern. When you work Row 7 for the last time, start the row with k1fb, k1 instead of k2. Sincere apologies for leaving this out! Let me know if you have any other questions at all. Best wishes, Dot

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