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A great project for left-over sock yarn.
A simple go-to pattern to keep your hands warm during the winter months.

Posted by Louise G. from Healesville, Victoria, Australia • Published See Louise G.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make mittens. Cabled Fingerless Mittens - Step 1
    Step 1

    Abbreviations
    CO - Cast on. Use you favourite method but ensure that it is not too tight.
    PM - Place stitch marker
    M1 - Knit into the 'bar' between the 2 stitches. If you are unsure, the instructions can be found here.
    K4F - Place 2 stitches on the cable needle and hold at the front of your work. K2, then knit the stitches on your cable needle.
    K4B - Place 2 stitches on the cable needle and hold at the back of your work. K2, then knit the stitches on your cable needle.
    COff - Cast off. Ensure that the cast off is quite loose or the mittens may be too tight around the fingers.
    SLM - Slip marker. Simply move it from the left needle to the right.

    Pattern
    CO 64 stitches and then arrange 16 on each needle. Join (being careful not to twist your stitches) and establish a K2, P2 rib.

    Left Hand Mitten Chart

    Continue until the ribbing measures at least 8 cm.

    Left Hand Mitten
    Charts are attached. Please use C4B for the left -hand mitten and C4F for the right-hand mitten
    Row 1: K10 [Knit Row 1 of Left Hand Chart], K to end

    Row 2: K10 [Knit Row 2 of Chart]

    Row 3: M1, PM, K to pattern row stitches [Knit Row 3 of Chart], K to end

    Row 4: K1, SLM, K to pattern row stitches [Knit Row 4 of Chart], K to end

    Row 5: M1, K to next marker, M1, SLM, K to pattern stitches [Knit row 6 of chart], K to end.

    ..There should now be 3 stitches before the stitch marker..

    The increasing at the start of the row forms the thumb.

    Continue the chart pattern that has been established (increasing for the thumb in every second row), continue until there are 19 stitches before the stitch marker.

    Next Row: Thread 19 stitches onto waste yarn, [Knit required row of Left Hand Chart], K to end

    Once you have 19 stitches, thread a contrasting yarn through the stitches to hold them and remove them from the needle. Don't pull the thread too tight. You should now be back to 64 stitches.

    Continue knitting the charted pattern until you reach row 44.

    At the start of the next row, establish a K2,P2 rib and continue for 5 rows.

    Cast off.

    Thumb

    Pick up the 19 stitches on 3 needles. Join the thread and knit to the end of the row. Once you reach the end, pick up and knit 3 stitches evenly across the gap and continue to knit for 4 rows.

    Establish a K1,P1 rib and continue for 4 rows and loosely cast off.

    To finish

    Weave in all ends and ensure the ends for the thumb are very secure.

  • How to make mittens. Cabled Fingerless Mittens - Step 2
    Step 2

    Right Hand Mitten

    Cast on 64 stitches and establish a K2, P2 ribbing as for the Left Hand Mitten.

    Row 1: K10 [Knit Row 1 of Right Hand Chart], K to end

    Row 2: K10 [Knit Row 2 of Chart]

    Row 3: K10 [Knit Row 3 of Chart], K10, PM, M1, PM, K to end - (65 stitches)

    Row 4: K10 [Knit Row 4 of Chart], K10, SLM Knit to next marker, SLM, Knit to end

    Row 5: K10 [Knit Row 5 of Chart], K10, SLM, M1, Knit to next marker, M1, SLM, Knit to end

    Next Row: K10 [Knit required row of Right Hand Chart], K10, thread 19 thumb stitches onto waste yarn, K to end

    Continue knitting the charted pattern until you reach row 44.

    At the start of the next row, establish a K2,P2 rib and continue for 5 rows.

    Cast off.

    Thumb

    As per Left Hand Mitten

    To finish

    Weave in all ends and ensure the ends for the thumb are very secure.

    Once you have the rhythm of the pattern, they knit up very quickly and the end result will keep you very warm throughout winter.

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