Friday, 23 December 2011

Skating and snowballs - pattern notes

I've been waiting for good light so I can take some nice photos for this pattern, but it's just not happening! So with apologies for lack of decent accompanying photos, here is the pattern for my fingerless mitts. Inspired by the lovely Emerald Green handwarmers by Creative Yarn, I created the body of the mitts in a textured double moss stitch pattern. 

I wanted to add a bit of fun to these little mitts so included some pom poms in the secondary colour - in this case, white. They remind me of fluffy snowballs! I hope you like them. :-)

Skating and snowballs

Yarn: I used Sirdar Snuggly DK but any double knit yarn should do. You’ll need two colours - I chose shades of blue/green (colour A), and white (colour B).
Needles: 3.75mm, 4.00mm.
Gauge: This yarn knits to approximately 24 sts and 32 rows over 4 x 4 inches of double moss stitch pattern on 4.00mm needles, but check your tension as it differs from knitter to knitter.

Pattern notes:
Using 3.75mm needles, and colour A,  cast on 36 stitches.

Change to colour B and work as follows: 

Row 1: (K2, P2) to end of row
Row 2: (P2, K2) to end of row

This sets the K2P2 rib pattern. Change to colour A and work 14 rows in pattern, finishing with a row 2. 

Switch to 4.00mm needles.

Row 17: K4, (YO, K2tog, K2)* repeat from * 6 more times (you will have made 7 holes or YOs at this point), then YO, K2tog, K to end of row. You should have a total of 8 eyelet holes. 
Row 18: Purl

Work in double moss stitch pattern as set below: 

Row 1: (K1, P1) to end of row
Row 2: (K1, P1) to end of row
Row 3: (P1, K1) to end of row
Row 4: (P1, K1) to end of row

Repeat rows 1-4 4 more times for a total of 5 pattern repeats, and finishing with a row 4. 
Work 2 rows of stocking stitch. 

Switch to 3.75mm needles, work 2 rows of K2P2 rib. 
Change to colour B, work 2 rows of K2P2 rib. 
Change to colour A, work 1 row K2P2 rib. Change to 4.00mm needles and cast off in K2P2 rib (you will be casting off on an even row, wrong side facing you). 

Making up 
Using mattress stitch, seam from cast on to approximately 2 inches. Leave a 1 1/2 inch gap for the thumb, and sew the remaining seam to the top of the cast off edge. 

Using colour B, make 2 small pom poms and trim them to shape. Still using colour B, make a plait of approximately 14 inches, leaving a long tail of about 6 inches at each end for attaching the pom poms. Count four eyelet holes in from either edge of the seam, and thread the plait through the eyelet holes so both ends are at the opposite side from the thumb opening. Attach the pom poms to the ends using the long tail. You’re done!

Now make another one, and remember that you’ll need to make sure the pom poms hang on the outside edge of the hand. 

As an alternative, if you don’t want to make a pom pom, you can replace the plait with a piece of ribbon and tie a small bow at the ends. 

Finished size is approximately 7 1/2 inches circumference, 6 inches from cast on to cast off edge.

Enjoy! x

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