Monday, September 08, 2008

those mitts

**********************updated::way down below********************
This is my "go to" mitt pattern.    I just made a couple of changes to a couple of different patterns and combined them.  So not really my "own" pattern.  But thought I would share what I do.  And it is the pattern I use a lot.  I usually use this pattern for the guys in my life that need a gift. This pair went to my husband. But believe me, I wear these.  I have a black pair.  A brown pair.  A creme pair and a grey pair.  I have made them for my sisters and made them for friends. I sometimes put a stripe of a contrasting color in the ribbing.  But a super easy pattern that requires little brain power.  I like that.  Sometimes that is exactly the project I need.
Materials::Worsted weight yarn.  (I have used so many different yarns for this pattern.  This particular yarn was Araucania nature wool; color Ve05)::US 6 double pointed needles, set of 4 (or size to obtain gauge)::stitch markers
Gauge::5.5 st = 1"
Cuff:: Cast on 40 stitches.  Divide onto three needles, placing 12 stitches on needle 1; 14 stitches on needle 2; 14 stitches on needle 3. Join for working in the round.  Round 1: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.  Repeat rib for 1-2 inches. (That depends on you.  And what you want. This pair measured 1 1/2 inches.)
Hand:: Change to knit stitch, and knit until desired length until thumb.  For this particular pair, that was 4 inches.  Piece measured 5 1/2 inches.  (Shorter is also very nice.  Really. Whatever you like here, also.)
Next row 1, (needle 1) K2, increase 1 stitch in next stitch, place marker, knit across the rest of the stitches on needle 1, knit across all of the stitches on needle 2, knit to last 3 stitches on needle 3, place marker, increase 1 stitch in next stitch, k2.  (42 stitches)
Next row 2, knit one row.
Repeat these 2 rows 4x.  
Then repeat row 1.  You will have 52 stitches.  And 9 stitches at beginning of needle 1, before marker, and 9 stitches at end of needle 3, after marker.
Next row, knit across all stitches on needle 1 (slipping marker as you come to it), knit across all stitches on needle 2, knit to marker on needle 3, remove marker, k1, bind off next 8 stitches.
Next row, bind off 8 stitches on needle 1, k1, remove marker, k1, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end. (36 stitches)
Next row, join, continuing in rib pattern for 1".
Bind off loosely in rib.  
Make second mitt in same way.
Weave in ends.  I also tighten the area where you joined for top ribbing.  (See?  Up there.)

I sure hope you can understand this.  Please let me know if you have any problems.

****************Edited to add****************
Do you know what my friend, Scout, did??
She put it into a pdf file so that you could print it!!
And I put it over there.  In my sidebar, too.  Enjoy.

55 comments:

TD wool design said...

thanks leslie. i like where it ends over the knuckles. looks comfortable. will give it try after i can no longer stand to knit yet another bag. hope school is going well. have a good week.

TLCknits said...

Thx so much for the pattern!.. I needed a simple pattern... any type of twist or cable will NOT do for males in my family!

APA said...

Definitely unisex. If I can ever learn to knit something other then a basic scarf, mitts would be a fun project. Socks, too. And hats. *Sigh*

Blogging Molly said...

i'm bookmarking this one :) my grandpa has very thin skin on his hands and has sustained a lot of injuries lately. i suggested a pair of fingerless gloves, but when i showed him the fetching pattern he said, "i can't wear those." well, maybe cables aren't for him, but these mitts might be.

t does wool said...

thanks for sharing...a great idea for the guys!

Nancy said...

oh lovely! thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

Stephanie said...

So super simple and lovely. I love how you don't have to pick up and knit the thumb any more than you already have like so many other mitts out there. I am definitely going to be making a pair of these for my hubby, dad and brother for x-mas this year.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are great! I'll be linking to this!

kim said...

The first-ever post I read of yours was the Dashing Mitts one. You still know how to rock the mitts. Thanks for the pattern!

Tana said...

It's so nice to have a project like this that is mindless (yet interesting enough to be fun) AND practical at the same time. I feel your joy!

Tana
www.life.tanapageler.com

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Thank you so much for the pattern. It's great when you find the perfect simple knit for a project.

pricklypearbloom said...

sweet! thanks!

SMF.sportychic said...

What a great pattern Leslie! Perfect little gifty too, I should make a pair for my sister, who just moved to ALASKA!

stitching under oaks said...

I'm working on a pair of evangeline's...I'll be trying your pattern when I'm done. Thanks for sharing...not only the pattern but all of your posts which bring such inspiration.

house on hill road said...

i love the way you did the thumb. thanks for sharing, leslie!

Windy Knitty said...

Thanks so much for the pattern! I love fingerless mitts, and I think I need a pair every color, too:)

Molly said...

I sure do wish I knew this vernacular. These are very cool. Ahhhh ... someday. I know you're thinking: why wait? but my new sewing machine needs my attention this fall.

rosie said...

see, I want to make these, but the problem is that you are not my next-door neighbor and I can't bring it over when I mess it up!! I am currently finishing a giant project that is not even mine and if/when I finish that, these will be my project for Christmas.

Linn said...

I'm not a knitter, but I think these are really neat. I'll have to pass the pattern link along to my sister, who is the family's designated knitter. (Hmmm...I like the sound of that!)

Atlanticsong said...

Lovely pattern! I was just searching something like this to make a set with matching socks. Excellent timing, thanks for sharing. Sara

Denise said...

These look great. I've just been thinking of making some 'Dashing' for a friend in Canada but I may just give these a try instead ;)
Thanks for sharing
xxx

peaknits said...

Thank you for sharing your go to pattern - the mitts are fabulous! On this chilly day they seem fitting indeed!

Vanessa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing your "pattern"! I have been looking for a basic fingerless glove (mitt?) with a thumb gusset.

And then you go and post this today. Perfect!

(Love your blog, btw.)

Twisted Knitter said...

Perfect! I have been wanting a good basic unisex pattern as well. You're the best!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Thank you for sharing your mitts with us!!

Jessica said...

I'm printing this right now! When I head to the fiber fest, I'm going to pick out some yarn perfect for these mits. Thanks so much for sharing!

Tabitha said...

You take such exquisite photography of your work. Thanks for sharing this pattern - I'd love to try this for a holiday gift!

Kristyn Knits said...

thanks leslie!
these will be part of my "we've been blessed by your hands" gift theme this holiday season.

Jodi said...

They look great, and it's awesome of you to share the pattern.

zebraknits said...

Very smart Leslie! I can almost hear you say out loud the pattern to me! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

thank you, Leslie, and not just for the lovely pattern.
Your blog is a jewel. Everything you make and photograph is beautiful.

lucky knitter said...

Thank you for sharing this great pattern. I love the way the thumb is done.

monica said...

Thanks for sharing this great pattern!

Sandy said...

Leslie, thank you! And thanks, Scout too! I have printed this off and will be adding it to my to do list.

kristena marie said...

These are fabulous! Thank you for sharing the pattern. I might make some for my husband... or myself! :)

Ella said...

Giddyup! And just in time for mitt weather too! Thanks!

* casting on *

rachel said...

I was just thinking about making these! thanks for the pattern!

Hilary said...

Great mitts! Thank you for the pattern. :)

MadMad said...

That Scout is a good friend! Thank you both for a great pattern!

MadMad said...

Oh, I forgot to say what I was going to say before the Scout thing! And heaven forbid I not say every single thing that flits through my head... I LOVE that you don't have to do thumbs separately. That is THE BEST thing in the world.

Well, maybe that and the sea salt brownies, let's say.

BizzyMommyKnits said...

thanks leslie! they are great! ... thanks to scout too!

iknitipurl said...

Very cute mitts Leslie!

Twisted Knitter said...

Thank you, Leslie (and Scout!) for the .pdf !

Regina said...

Thank you for this pattern. I can't wait to print and try it out.

amandajean said...

I am going to try these. thanks for the instructions!

tiennie said...

Yay! Thanks Leslie (and Scout!)

KnitPastis said...

How wonderful! They are unisex. Great! I am going to make a few pairs of these. Your pattern writting is superb and Scout did a great job designing the pdf for you.

MadMad said...

Ah, I see you already answered my questions. Not that I really had them, because after 30 years I should know better, but I thought, "I bet that Leslie's on top of things," and I'll go check it out, just in case there was some weird increase method or something.

Yarn It said...

Cute mits! I have so much worsted weight yarn I should get knitting some of these for Christmas gifts! That is great that Scout put in a PDF - it makes is so much easier!

Cindy said...

Thanks so much for the pattern!!! I am knitting them for a silent auction and they are perfect. I can whip them up in 2 hours!!

Alyssa said...

Thanks for the pattern I think I have some random sock yarn that needs to be used up and this will be perfect!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Oh, major on the awesome and useful front! Sometimes, you just need a straight-up pair o' mitts.

nova said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern, Leslie! I am just now catching up on everyone's summer doings. You ahve been busy! Have you seen the new Butler book for baby sewn goods? Obviously, that is my state of mind right now, but there are some very cute things in there...you know, in case you wanted to know...

Renna said...

Wow, finding this pattern comes at a most opportune time for me. I am beginning my Christmas Knit List (a late start, I know). I'd never really thought about making these for guys, but I'm betting my teenaged step-grandsons, who frequently camp out in sub-freezing weather with the Scouts, would really enjoy these. I like the detailed manner in which you wrote out the pattern. My knitting skills are not advanced to the point that I can read between the lines, something required in many patterns out there.

Thanks for sharing your efforts! :-)

knithound brooklyn said...

I just found the pattern and I really appreciate having it handy. Lovely gift item. Thanks.