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Stars or Stripes Mittens

by Odessa Reichel

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Intermediate

Mittens are a great way to play with color, which is why they are one of my favorite projects. You can do so much on such a tiny canvas, and no one questions a crazy mitten. Within this pattern are three different variations on a mitten. One plain, one striped, and one with stars. It’s a great place to go wild and try out colors you’ve never even thought of putting together. You can even mix and match - my son insists on wearing a green mitten with a star mitten.

 

 

 


 


Sizes

Toddler [Preschool, Child]

Finished Measurements

Hand Circumference: 5 [6, 7] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloe™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

Solid Mittens
#7514 Turtle; 1 skein

Striped Mittens
#7510 Splash (Color A); 1 skein
#7509 Firecracker (Color B); 1 skein

Star Mittens
#7521 Beluga (Color A); 1 skein
#7510 Splash (Color B}; 1 skein
#7507 Moonlight {Color C); 1 skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #4/3.5 mm double pointed needles
US #6/4 mm double pointed needles

Notions

Yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge

Solid and Striped Mittens
20 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches square in St st
Star Mittens
24 sts and 26 rnds = 4 inches square in St st
Do not hesitate to change needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Pattern Notes

Both left and right mittens are knit the same, so repeat the pattern just as written for the second mitten. If you are knitting these for a younger toddler, you might want to skip making the thumbs and gussets and just knit plain in the round.
For M1L (Make one right) and M1R (Make one left) I like to use lifted increases as I find they work the smoothest between the mitten and gusset. To do a M1L, you pick up the stitch below the first stitch on the left needle, place it onto the needle and then knit into it. To do a M1R, you pick up the second stitch below the first stitch on the right needle, place it on the left needle and knit into it.

Skills Required

Knit, purl, K2tog, M1, M1R, M1L, knitting in the round, knitting on dpns, picking up stitches changing yarn colors (striped version), stranded knitting (star version)

Instructions

Cuff (all mittens)
Using smaller size needles, cast on 28 [32, 36] sts using Color A and divide evenly among 3 dpns. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work in k1, p1 ribbing around for 3 [3½, 4] inches.

Detail

Thumb Gusset
Solid and Stripe Mittens
Switch to larger needles to work rest of mitten
Rnd 1: M1, knit to end of round: 29 [33, 37] sts.
(switch to color B if you are working striped version)
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: M1L, K1, M1R, knit to end of round: 31 [35, 39] sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: M1L, K3, M1R, knit to end of round: 33 [37, 41] sts.
(switch to color A if you are working striped version)
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: M1L, K5, M1R, knit to end of round: 35 [39, 43] sts.
Rnd 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: M1L, K7, M1R, knit to end of round: 37 [41, 45] sts.
(switch to color B if you are working striped version)
Rnd 10: Knit around.

Detail

Sizes [Preschool and Child] Only
Rnd 11: M1L, K9, M1R, knit to end of round: [43, 47] sts.
Rnd 12: Knit around.

Child Size Only
Rnd 13: M1L, k11, M1R, knit to end of round: 49 sts.
(switch to color A if you are working striped version)
Rnd 14: Knit around.

Star Mittens
Note: There are charted instructions for this section beginning with Rnd 2, so refer to them for mitten graphics, the written instructions just describe the increases.
Switch to larger needles to work rest of mitten
Rnd 1 : M1, * k14 [8, 6], M1; repeat from * to end of round: 31 [37, 43] sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: M1R, k1, M1L, knit to end as charted: 33 [39, 45] sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: M1R, k3, M1L, knit to end as charted: 35 [41, 47] sts.
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: M1R, Kk5, M1L, knit to end as charted: 37 [43, 49] sts.
Rnd 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: M1R, k7, M1L, knit to end as charted: 49 [45, 51] sts.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: M1R, k9, M1L, knit to end as charted: 51 [47, 53] sts.
Rnd 12: Knit around.

Detail

Sizes [Preschool and Child] Only
Rnd 13: M1R, k11, M1L, knit to end as charted: [49, 55] sts.
Rnd 12: Knit around.

Child Size Only
Rnd 13: M1R, k11, M1L, knit to end as charted: 57 sts.
Rnd 14: Knit around.

Mitten Body
Solid and Striped Mittens
Place 9 [11, 13] thumb stitches on waste yarn. Rejoin to work hand sts in the rnd: 28 [32, 36] sts.
Work even until Body measures 3½ [4, 4½] inches from cuff. If you are working the striped version, continue to switch colors every 4 Rnds as established.

Star Mittens
Place 11 [13, 15] thumb stitches on waste yarn. Rejoin to work hand sts in the rnd: 30 [36, 42] sts.
Knit 3 [4, 5] repeats of star pattern, alternating colors as established in thumb gusset.
Knit 5 rnds with Color A.

Closing up the top (all versions)
If you are decreasing and get to the end of the round with only one stitch left, just knit it.
Use Color A for the final rnds unless you are knitting the striped mittens and finished the body with less than four rnds of Color B - in that case use Color B.
Rnd 1: K2tog to end of round: 14 [16, 18} sts for Solid and Striped Mittens or 15 [18, 21] stitches for Star Mittens.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: K2tog to end of round: 7 [8, 9] sts for Solid and Striped Mittens or 8 [9, 11] sts for Star Mittens.

Sizes [Preschool and Child] Only
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: K2tog to end of round: [4, 5] sts for Solid and Striped Mittens or [5, 6] stitches for Star Mittens.
Cut a tail long enough to weave in and pull through all stitches and remove them from the needle. Pull the tail tightly and secure.

Thumbs
Thumbs are knit using larger size needles.

Solid and Striped Mittens
Place 9 [11, 13] stitches from scrap yarn onto needles. Pick up one extra stitch in the corner where the mitten meets the gusset: 10 [12, 14] stitches.
Knit 5 [6, 7] rnds.
To decrease, K2tog to end of round: 3 [3, 4] sts.
Cut a tail long enough to weave in and pull through all stitches and remove them from the needle. Pull the tail tightly and secure.

Star Mittens
Place 11 [13, 15] stitches from scrap yarn onto needles. Pick up one extra stitch in the corner where the mitten meets the gusset. Make sure the picked up stitch is the first stitch you are going to knit: 10 [12, 14] sts.
* K1 with Color A, k1 with Color B; repeat from * to the end of the rnd.
Repeat this for a total 5 (6, 7) rounds.
With Color A only, knit 2 more rounds.
To decrease, K2tog to end of round: 5 [6, 7] sts. Cut a tail long enough to weave in and pull through all stitches and remove them from the needle. Pull the tail tightly and secure.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends and block.

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Designer Photo

Odessa divides her time between helping to run Wolseley Wool in Winnipeg, Manitoba where yarn is a necessity and knitting intricate mittens to keep warm. She loves color and pattern and likes to think that intricate mittens are like works of art for your hands.

 

 

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