Free Pattern Wednesday: Auntie Mitts

If you are "afeared" of lace, these sexy mitts are a great starter project. Knit flat using the simple two-row "Stripe with Twisted Bars" pattern from Barbara Walker's second treasury, they whip up in a flash and look great peeking from underneath a simple cardigan or leather jacket.

Yarn: Sport weight (I used my own wonky handspun)

Amount: 100 yds

Needles: Size 6 US

Instructions:

Lace stitch is a multiple of 6 sts plus1.

Cast on 37 sts very loosely.

Row 1 (right side): K1, *yo, k1, k3 tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from *.

Row 2: P1, *k5, p1; rep from *.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 6.5 ins or until you reach desired length. BO loosely.

Finishing:

From CO edge using mattress st., seam mitt (about 4 ins.), leaving a 1.5-inch opening to accommodate thumb, continue seaming to BO edge.

Weave in ends. Add buttons to embellish. Wear with leather. And attitude.

Cable Girl Mitts: Free Pattern

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Yarn: Cascade Yarns Dolce, color 974, 2 skeins

Needles: US 7 dpns or two circulars

Cable Girl Mitts

 

CO 36 sts. Divide over 4 needles or two or one, however you prefer to knit small things in the round, and do remember to join without twisting.

 

Knit six rows of k2, p2 ribbing.

 Cable pattern:

Row 1: K1, begin cable pattern, then knit to end of round.

 

Continue in this manner until you have completed roughly 2.5 braids or 42 rows of the cable pattern. If you want shorter mitts, begin your thumb earlier, if you want longer ones, start later. 

 Begin left thumb:

Row 1: K1, continue cable pattern, through 17 stitches, K2, then knit seven stitches onto scrap yarn. Return those stitches to left needle and knit again with working yarn. Knit to end of round.

 

Continue as before until you reach desired length of mitt, about 18 rows.

BO loosely.

 Thumb:

Row 1: Carefully remove yarn from live thumb stitches and place them on two double pointed needles or two circs. Seven stitches will sit below the gap; six will sit above. Start with the needle holding the lower stitches and pick up two additional stitches in the corner. Knit across six top stitches and pick up another two stitches at the side of gap and knit to end of round.

 

Knit desired thumb length, 9 or 10 rounds.

BO.

 

For right mitt thumb: K1, continue cable pattern, k9, place thumb, k2.

 Finishing:

Weave in ends.

Wet or steam block.

 

Cable Pattern: Four-Rib Braid from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury

 

Front Cross (FC): sl 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front, p1, then k2 from cable needle.

Back Cross (BC): sl 1 st to cable needle and hold in back, k2, the purl stitch from cable needle.

 

Cable panel is 17 stitches

 

Row 1: (P2, k2) twice, k1, (k2, p2) twice.

Row 2: P2, k2, p2, sl next 3 stitches to cable needles and hold in back, k2, sl the purl st from cable needle back to left-hand needle and purl it, then k2 from cable needle; p2, k2, p2.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: P2, FC, BC, p2, FC, BC, p2.

Row 5: (P3, k4) twice, p3

Row 6: P3, sl next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k2, then k2 from cable needle; p3, sl next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cable needle; p2.

Row 7: Repeat row 5.

Row 8: P2, BC, FC, p1, BC, FC, p2.

Row 9: Repeat row 1.

Row 10: P2, k2, p2, sl next 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k2, then sl the purl st from cable needle back to left-hand needle and purl it, then k2 from cable needle; p2, k2, p2.

Rows 11-16: Repeat rows 3 through 8.

Repeat rows 1-16.