I feel like every day of the holidays has been a fine balance of eating and knitting– perhaps a little too much eating, but ’tis the season, right? Actually I’ve been bed-bound for most of it with a really nasty cold.
When life gave me lemons, I knit a pair of mittens. I didn’t really have a plan with the colour scheme, but they ended up looking like salt water taffy. Any project that I can name after candy is a-ok in my books.
Even though the pink yarn gave me some grief, these mittens ended up being one of my favourite projects of December. I suspect the pink yarn is baby yarn (I received it on Christmas without the label). I would recommend using something a bit heavier, such as the Caron yarn I used for the beige top.
Candy Coated Mittens
In The Round
- Fine weight wool or acrylic yarn in two colours (pink colour is unknown, but the beige is Caron brand)
- Size 4 needles (4 double pointed)
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch marker
- Stitch holder or safety pin
- K2tog=Knit 2 stitches together
Pattern for a 20cm hand circumference:
Cast on 48 stitches
Redistribute the stitches evenly on 3 double pointed needle (should be 16 per needle)
Cuff: K1 P1 in 1 x 1 ribbing for 15 rows
Mitten: Knit another 20 rows (35 total)
On the 36th row, K8 and hold 8 stitches with a stitch holder or safety pin; then add another 8 stitches on the needle and finish the round
Rows 37-50: Continue knitting with colour 1
Rows 51-65: Switch to colour 2 for the top of the mitten
Rows 66-67: Start decreasing- *Row 66: K2tog, Row 67: K. *Continue until only one stitch is left on each needle. Weave the tail through the last 3 stitches and insert tapestry needle inside to finish.
Thumb: Replace the stitch holder or safety pin with a needle; add another 13 stitches across 2 needles (weaving yarn throughout existing stitches around the open thumb hole) and knit for 15 rounds.
Decrease the thumb: K2tog on each needle until 1 or 2 st is left on each—weave the tail through the remaining stitches and insert inside). *Note, 13 stitches will make decreasing less smooth. Simply add one more stitch for a bigger thumb or K1 and K2tog for all remaining stitches.