Thursday, 8 December 2011

Kimberley Mitts



Knitted these up as a quick Christmas present for my friend Kimberley. Ideal stocking filler knit, very fast and easy to make. The pattern uses fake cable stitches, much easier than using a cable needle but practically indistinguishable.

Yarn:  Rowan Pure Wool Aran
Needles:  4 5mm/US 8 dpns
Gauge: 17 stitches = 4” in stocking stitch.
Dimensions: 6” around, 6½” long (they fit an average ladies hand)
Extras: Three stitch markers, a needle and some scrap yarn. 

Notation: 

CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
p1fb = purl one stitch into the front of the next stitch, and one stitch into the back (one stitch increased).
p2tog = purl two stitches together
sl = slip with yarn held back

RT = right twist = knit two stitches together without slipping stitches off the left
needle, knit into first stitch again, then slip both stitches off left hand needle

Youtube video for right twist here.

LT = left twist = knit into the back of the second stitch on left hand needle without slipping it
off the needle. Knit into the first stitch on the needle then slip both stitches off the needle.
Youtube video for left twist here.



Pattern:

K
im Cable Pattern Chart:







Kim Cable Pattern written instructions:
Row 1: p2 k2 p2 k1 p2 k3 p2 k1 p2 k2
Row 2: p2 RT p2 sl1 p2 RT k1 p2 sl1 p2 RT
Row 3: as Row 1
Row 4: p2 RT p2 sl1 p2 k1 LT p2 sl1 p2 RT

Fisherman’s Rib Pattern:
Row 1: *p2 k1* to end of row
Row 2: *p2 sl1* to end of row

Directions: 
Note: Yarn should be held to the back of your knitting for every slipped stitch.
Left Mitt:
CO 33 stitches over 3 dpns and join in the round. Work in k2 p1 rib for 6 rows. Next row: k2, p1fb *k2 p1* to end of row.
Now work first row of Kim Cable Pattern, place a marker, and work in fisherman’s rib to the end of the row.
Continue working Kim Cable Pattern on the first 19 stitches, and Fisherman’s rib pattern on the remaining 15 stitches. Work 2 repeats of Kim Cable Pattern, then Row 1 once more (i.e. work 9 rows).
Thumb Gusset: p1fb twice, placing a stitch marker between the stitch you purl into the front and the stitch you purl into the back both times. You should have a row starting purl, marker, purl, purl, marker, purl. Now work row 2 of Kim Cable pattern, starting on the third stitch (i.e. starting with the first RT), then work in Fisherman’s Rib to the end of the row. You will continue working as before, but increasing stitches between the two new markers as follows:
Row 1: p1; purl stitches between markers; work in Kim Cable pattern starting on the second stitch (i.e. p1 at the start of the row rather than p2) to next marker; work in Fisherman’s Rib to end of row.
Row 2: p1; slip marker, p1fb, purl to one stitch before next marker, p1fb, slip marker; work in Kim Cable pattern starting on the second stitch to next marker; work in Fisherman’s Rib to end of row.
Repeat these two rows until you have 10 purl stitches between the thumb gusset markers, then work the first row once more. You should just have finished Row 3 of Kim Cable Pattern.
Thread a needle with about 6” of scrap yarn. Next row: p1; slip the 10 stitches between the markers onto the scrap yarn and tie it in a loop to secure the stitches; now continue working Row 4 of Kim Cable Pattern, starting on the second stitch (i.e. p1, RT,…) until marker, work in Fisherman’s rib to the end of the row.
Now continue working Kim Cable Pattern on the first 19 stitches, and Fisherman’s rib pattern on the remaining 15 stitches. Keep going until the mitt measures about 6” from CO edge, ending with Row 1 or Row 3 of Kim Cable Pattern.
Next row: k2, p2 tog, *k2 p1* to end of row. Continue working in k2 p1 rib for 3 more rows. Bind off all stitches.
Thumb: Pick up the 10 thumb stitches on scrap yarn. Purl all stitches and join in the round. (Tip: On the first round, I like to work a p1fb on the last stitch in the round, slip this extra stitch onto the beginning of the first needle, and purl it together with the first stitch on the next round.) Purl every stitch for 4 rows more. Now work k1 p1 rib for 2 rounds. Bind off all stitches.

Right Mitt:
Work as for Left Mitt up to Thumb Gusset, you should just have finished Row 1 of Kim Cable Pattern.
Next Row: work Row 2 of Kim Cable Pattern; slip marker, p1fb twice, placing a stitch marker between the stitch you purl into the front and the stitch you purl into the back both times. After the first marker you should have: purl, marker, purl, purl, marker, purl.  Now continue in Fisherman’s rib pattern, starting on the third stitch (i.e. sl1, *p2 sl1* to end of row).
You will continue working as before, but increasing stitches between the two new markers as follows:
Row 1: Work in Kim Cable pattern up to the first marker; p1, purl stitches between thumb gusset markers, p1, k1; work in Fisherman’s Rib to end of row.
Row 2: Work in Kim Cable pattern up to the first marker; p1, slip marker, p1fb, purl to stitch before next marker, p1fb, slip marker, p1, sl1; work in Fisherman’s Rib to end of row.
Repeat these two rows until you have 10 purl stitches between the thumb gusset markers, then work the first row once more. You should just have finished Row 3 of Kim Cable Pattern.
Thread a needle with about 6” of scrap yarn. Next row: work Row 4 of Kim Cable Pattern; p1, slip stitches between thumb gusset markers onto scrap yarn, p1, sl1; work in Fisherman’s rib to the end of the row.
Now continue working Kim Cable Pattern on the first 19 stitches, and Fisherman’s rib pattern on the remaining 15 stitches. Keep going until the mitt measures about 6” from CO edge, ending with Row 1 or Row 3 of Kim Cable Pattern.
Next row: k2, p2 tog, *k2 p1* to end of row. Continue working in k2 p1 rib for 3 more rows. Bind off all stitches.
Knit the thumb as in left mitt.

Weave in any loose ends and you’re done!




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