Friday, January 7, 2011

It's a Green Thing

Fingerless Mitts

Skill Level: beginner

Techniques involved: knit, purl, increasing using M1R, M1L, backwards loop cast-on ( there are several video sites showing this technique - Very simple)

M1R: A make one right slanting: Bring the tip of the left-hand needle under the strand between stitches, from back to front. Knit through the front of the loop.
M1L: A make one left slanting:Bring the tip of the left-hand needle under the strand between stitches, from front to back. Knit through the back of the loop.

There is also an excellent website showing various knitting increases:

Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky,Three-ply superfine Merino wool. Bulky 104 yards (95 meters); Color: Verde Adriana
Amount needed for project : approx. 75 yds

Needles and notions: Size 8 DPNs, stitch markers, stich holder, tapestry needle

Fit's women size med to lg.

CO 28 sts on 3 DPNs
Round 1 - 6: K1, P1
Round 7-22:  Knit
Thumb Gusset:
Round 23: K2, M1R, K1, M1L, knit to end
Round 24: Knit
Round 25: K2, M1R , K3, M1L, knit to end
Round 26: knit
Round 27: K2, M1R, K5, M1L, knit to end
Round 28: knit

Round 29: K2, CO5 with backwards loop or 'e' cast-on. Place the next 7 stitches on a holder, knit to end
Round 30 - 37: Knit
Round 31-36: K1, P1

Bind off in pattern, break yarn and weave in ends.

Finishing thumb:
Place the 7 stitches on stitch holder back on needle 1. With needle 2, pick up 3 stitches along opening. With needle 3, pick up 3 to 4 additional stitches around opening. Your amount may vary. Using your judgment, you'll want to pick up enough to not have any gaps.  Situate your 13-14 stitches evening on the 3 needles and knit 6 rounds with new yarn strand. Bind off. Use yarn end to close any gaps in thumb gusset that might be visible.


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