|Lydia really likes the colors in these mittens.|
And I'm really loving it.
|These are Charlotte's favorites.|
You see, with smaller amounts of yarn, it's a little easier to experiment. If I decide that I don't like the result, well, it was only 80 yards, not over a thousand like I need for a sweater.
|I liked how this turned out so much that I dyed 1500 yards of angora/alpaca blend to make a sweater.|
So far I've really liked most of the results, and there are some mittens that we just really love. The girls hope they don't sell so that they can have them for Christmas.
Anyway, I thought I'd share the pattern.
80 yards handspun art yarn (Sometimes I use 100% angora, sometimes it's a 50/50 of angora and merino or alpaca)
Needles size US2 and US4
Everybody's hand spun yarn is going to be different. What I am spinning right now is thick and thin. And the thickness of the yarn ultimately determines how many stitches you should cast on. Normally (at least at this point in time), I cast on 56-64 stitches. I knit a few rows, and sometimes I find that the mitten is going to be too large or too small and I have to start over.
Using smaller needles, cast on 64 stitches, place marker, and join to work in the round.
Row 1: K2 together, P2 together for one row (32 sts). This is to make a more elastic cast on that is necessary for angora mittens.
Rows 2-12: K1P1 rib.
Rows 13-15: Change to larger needles and work three rows in stockinette stitch.
To form the thumb gusset:
Row 16: Slip marker, knit one front and back (k1fb), place marker, k to end.
Rows 17, 19, 21, 23, 25: Knit
Row 18: Slip m, k1fb twice, sm, k to end.
Rows 20, 22, 24: Slip m, k1fb, k to st before m, k1fb, sm, k to end.
You should now have ten stitches for the thumb gusset.
Rows 26-27: Knit.
Row 28: Remove marker, bind off ten stitches for thumb, k to end.
Rows 29-36: Knit.
Rows 37-41: Switch to smaller needles, k1p1 rib.
Row 42: Using larger needles, bind off loosely. Weave in ends. Repeat for second mitten.