Thursday, 27 October 2011

Misty Monday Morning Kit ~ mittens & cowl knitting pattern


~ Making your way to work when it's barely even light ~ Bundling into a frozen car, still in pjs, on the school run ~  Dragging yourself + kids + dogs to the park on a miserably drizzly morning ~

Ok, so it's not yet that cold here yet... But it's definitely getting there.  This winter kit knits up so fast that you won't even have time to feel the cold.  And using only 4 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Como (now discontinued so get it for around £3 a ball on eBay), we're talking unspeakable luxury for little more than £12.  I'll be keeping this set myself, but will definitely be making up a few more as Christmas gifts...


Mittens (make 2)

Size: Adult
Gauge: 10 stitches = 10cm/4"

2 x 50g balls Debbie Bliss Como, main colour (leftovers to be kept for neck-warmer)
1 x 50g ball Debbie Bliss Como, contrast colour
8mm DPNs
10mm DPNs
2 stitch markers
crochet hook (5-7mm)
yarn needle to sew in tails

Abbreviations
DPN - double pointed needle
MC - main colour
CC - contrast colour
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
st(s) - stitch(es)
k - knit
p - purl
rnd(s) - round(s)
rep - repeat
cont - continue
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
SM - stitch marker
dec - decrease

Cuff & Thumb Gusset

Using 8mm DPNs and your CC, CO 20 sts, arrange over 3 needles (7 sts on 2 of the needles and 6 on the 3rd) and join to work in the round being careful not to twist your sts.
Work 6 rnd of k2 p2 ribbing.
next rnd: switch to MC and work a further 4 rnds of k2 p2 ribbing (10 rnds ribbed cuff).
rnd 11: switch to 10mm DPNs and knit, placing a SM in between the penultimate and last sts.
rnd 12: k1, place SM, knit to 1st SM  ~This is the set up for the thumb gusset.  If this is your first time knitting mittens, this might all sound a little scary.  It's really not - watch this tutorial before continuing to get a visual of the process~ m1 after 1st SM and again before 2nd SM.
next rnd: knit.
You will be increasing sts like this just inside of each SM to create the thumb gusset every other rnd, knitting the alternating rnds.  Cont until gusset has 10 sts.  Slip these 10 sts onto a piece of scrap yarn.

Main Body

CO 2 sts using the thumb technique onto the last needle in the rnd and join mitten, continuing with the 20 sts originally cast on.
Knit 13 rnds (or more depending on length of fingers - but you need to leave a generous inch to decrease), then dec like this:
*k2, k2tog* rep for rest of rnd.
next rnd: knit.
next rnd: *k1, k2tog* rep for rest of rnd.
next rnd: knit.
Cont until you have 10 sts remaining. Close the mitten using the Kitchener Stitch.

Thumb

Pick up 14 sts - the 10 held by the scrap yarn and 4 more to close the gap. Knit one rnd, and on the 2nd rnd, dec 4 sts by k2tog evenly spaced along the inside of the thumb - decreased sts on the outside will be visibly and make the thumb look a little odd.
Knit 4 rnds (or more depending on thumb length).
next rnd: k2tog to end.
next rnd: knit.
Cut yarn and thread onto a yarn needle.  Slip off rem 5 sts onto needle (purlwise) and pull tight. 
Weave in all loose ends.

Make a crochet loop to attach to cuff to hang mittens (optional, but if you do - chain 20).


Neck-Warmer

less than 1 50g ball Debbie Bliss Como, main colour leftover from mittens
just under 2 50g ball Debbi Bliss Como, contrast colour leftover from mittens cuff
8mm DPNs
10mm circular needle (or DPNs)
yarn needle to sew in tails

Using 8mm DPNs and MC, CO 60 sts, arrange over 3 needles (20 on each) and join to work in the round being careful not to twist your sts.
Work 5 rnds of k2 p2 ribbing. 
rnd 6: switch to CC and cont in k2 p2 rib for a further 2 rnds.
rnd 9: switch to 10mm needles and knit in stockinette st until you've almost used up your CC yarn - leaving enough to switch back to your 8mm DPNs for 2 rnds of k2 p2 ribbing.  Switch back to your MC yarn and work 5 rnds k2 p2 rib, and cast off.
Weave in loose ends.  Done!


Keep this kit by your front door and forget numb fingertips and chills down your spine (the cold ones at least!).

2 comments:

  1. What a great idea for a Christmas gift! You are so talented! Love it!
    hugs from New York,
    xx
    Ask Erena
    http://askerena.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for the great pattern. I had some Como left over from two different sweater projects.

    The mittens and neckwarmer turned out great. I'm just waiting for next ski season here in Southern California.....

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