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Cloud Mittens - the Pattern part 1.



This is so long overdue, but I have now finally managed to write down the pattern for the Cloud mittens. Here it is, my Christmas present to all you guys! Enjoy!
You need:
125 m or 135 yards of DK weight yarn (blue sample knit with Novita Wool, 100% wool, 135 m/ 50g)
125 m or 135 yards of sport weight yarn for the lining (blue sample: Garnstudio Drops Baby Alpaca Silk,
70% alpaca, 30% silk, 167 m/ 50 g) 

Needles:
a set of 2.5 mm (US 1 1/2) DPNs or circular needles if you prefer Magic Loop method like me

Gauge:
16 stitches and 22 rows = 5 cm (2 inches)


To fit an average woman hand
Intermediate knitting skills required



LEFT MITTEN


Cast on 54 stitches loosely on size 2.5 mm double pointed needles or a circular needle if you like knitting with magic loop method like me. I used the long-tail method to cast on. You can place a marker (beginning of the round) if you want, the tail from the CO edge marks the beginning of the round at this point. Join in round making sure you don’t twist the stitches.

Cuff:

Ribbing round: [k 1 tbl, p 1] until the end of round.
Repeat ribbing round until the piece is 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the CO edge. If you want to make longer cuffs, you can repeat the ribbing round until desired length (the cuffs in the white sample are 4 cm / 1.5 inches long).

Reverse stockinette round: purl all the stitches.
Repeat the rev. stockinette round three more times (total of 4 rounds)

Begin the charted section. Work rounds 1-8 of the chart. Check out my tutorial of easily knitting k4tog here.



Thumb gusset:

Continue with the chart and work rounds 9-28 of the chart. You are now increasing one stitch at the end of each round. By the end of round you have altogether 74 stitches on your needles.

Remove the marker indicating the beginning of the round if you are using one and place the first 20 stitches onto a piece of waste yarn or a stitch holder. These 20 stitches are left on hold for the thumb.

You now have 54 stitches left on your needles. This is the new beginning of the round. You can shuffle the stitches around on your needles so that you have equal number of stitches on your needles.

Continue working in a round until the end of the chart.

Note rounds 33, 37, 49 and 53: At the beginning of the round k 2, and slip the two knitted stitches onto the previous needle: they are now the last two stitches of the previous round. This is now the new beginning of the round, continue as in the chart (k 1, yo…).

Note rounds 41, 45, 57 and 61: On the previous round knit until you have 2 stitches left (marked pink in the chart). This is the new beginning of the round. Make a yarn over and knit 4 stitches together (the two last stitches from the prior round with two from the previous beginning of the round.)

After the last round of the chart you have 14 stitches left. Cut the working yarn and graft the live stitches together using the Kitchener stitch.


Thumb:

Pick up two stitches from the side of the thumb and then return the 20 live stitches you have on your scarp yarn back onto your needles. At the end of the round, pick up two additional stitches from the side of the thumb. You have 24 stitches on your needles. Join in round and work through the 27 rounds of the thumb chart.

At the end of the thumb chart you have 4 stitches left on your needles. Cut the working yarn and pull it through the remaining 4 stitches. 


RIGHT MITTEN

Knit the cuff for the right mitten as instructed above for the left mitten. After you have finished the cuff continue knitting according to the right mitten chart. On rounds 9 – 28 you are making a right-leaning increase at the beginning of each round.

On round 29: place the last 20 stitches of the round onto a piece of scrap yarn and leave them waiting for the thumb. Continue according to the chart.

Note rounds 41, 45, 57 and 61: At the beginning of the round k 2, and slip the two knitted stitches onto the previous needle: they are now the last two stitches of the previous round. This is now the new beginning of the round, continue as in the chart (k 1, yo…).

Note rounds 33, 37, 49 and 53: On the previous round knit until you have 2 stitches left (marked pink in the chart). This is the new beginning of the round. Make a yarn over and knit 4 stitches together (the two last stitches from the prior round with two from the previous beginning of the round.)

After the last round of the chart you have 14 stitches left. Graft them together using the Kitchener stitch.

Right thumb:

Follow the instructions for the left thumb, but knit according to the right thumb chart.


I would recommend that you block your mittens at this point since they stretch out a lot so it will be easier to take measurements for the lining. Also weave in all the yarn tails EXCEPT for the one from the cast on edge!


Start the lining:

You can find the instructions for the lining in a separate post by following THIS LINK. (I thought this post would be way too long if I tried to fit everything into the same one, that’s why I’m dividing this.)


Comments

  1. these are SO beautiful, thank you so much for taking the time to write out the pattern and chart it out- it's a lot of work, and I appreciate it!

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  2. Most beautiful mittens I've seen in a long time.

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  3. Thank you so much! I hope your Christmas will be blessed and the new year may hold a lot of wonderful things for you. Love, Åsa

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  4. Beautiful pattern <3 Merry Christmas to you too.

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  5. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

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