coziest mitts

My first pattern, everyone!! Simple yet interesting in looks and execution. Quickityquick. Knittable whilst watching television. Pretty much everything I want in a knit these days.

These fit small-to-medium hands like a warm hug. OH YES THEY DO!

Also, here's a printable pdf.

Materials

  • Splurgy, bulky yarn (3.5 st/in on size 10 needles): about 65 yards for just-past-the-wrist mitts, up to 110 yards for forearm-covering mitts. You will not regret using the good stuff.
  • 4 dpns (size 9, 10, or even 10.5…if you’re knitting for medium-to-large hands, definitely size up).
  • Cable needle

Techniques Explained

Twisted rib: k1 through the back of the stitch, p1 as usual

C8F: Place 4 stitches on cable needle and hold to front of work; knit 4 from left needle; knit 4 from cable needle.

C8R: Place 4 stitches on cable needle and hold to back of work; knit 4 from left needle; knit 4 from cable needle

Cable Cast-On: Turn your work around, so the last stitch you knitted is now on the left needle. Knit into that stitch, then flip your new stitch over and put it onto the left needle. Knit into the just-flipped stitch, flip your new stitch over and put it on the left needle…..etc!

Bind off in ribbing: as you bind off, knit the knits and purl the purls.

Basic Rounds and Cable Rounds:

Basic Round: k6, p2, k8, p2, k6

Cable Round, right mitt: k6, p2, C8F, p2, k6

Cable Round, left mitt: k6, p2, C8B, p2, k6

Pattern

CO 24 (6 on needle 1, 12 on needle 2, 6 on needle 3); join in the round, careful not to twist.

Work in k1p1 twisted rib for 2ish inches to make the bottom cuff.

Knit two Basic Rounds (see above).

Knit one Cable Round (note: they are side-specific) followed by 6 Basic Rounds. Repeat Cable Round plus 6 Basic Rounds one time for a just-below-the-wrist mitt; two or even three times for a longer, forearm-covering mitt.

Now it’s time to prepare for thumbs.

For the thumb gusset, right mitt:

Cable Round (right mitt)

K6, p2, k8, p2, k3, m1, k1, m1, k2

K6, p2, k8, p2, k3, m1, k3, m1, k2

K6, p2, k8, p2, k3, m1, k5, m1, k2

K6, p2, k8, p2, k3, place 7 st on stitch holder, k2

K6, p2, k8, p2, k3, cable cast on 3, k2

K6, p2, k8, p2, k2, K2tog, k1, SSK*, k1

For the thumb gusset, left mitt:

Cable Round (left mitt)

K2, m1, k1, m1, K3, p2, k8, p2, k6

K2, m1, k3, m1, K3, p2, k8, p2, k6

K2, m1, k5, m1, K3, p2, k8, p2, k6

K2, place 7 on stitch holder, K3, p2, k8, p2, k6

K2, cable cast on 3, K3, p2, k8, p2, k6

K1, SSK, k1, K2tog, K2, p2, k8, p2, k6

Do the one-Cable-Round-followed-by-6-Basic-Rounds business once more.

Work one more Cable Round followed by 2 Basic Rounds. It’s probably almost long enough!

k1p1 twisted rib to desired hand-length. (¾ to 1½ inches). Bind off in ribbing.

Add thumb coziness:

Divide held stitches between two needles; pick up 3 stitches along the thumbhole edge, for 10 st. total

K1P1 twisted rib to desired length (at least 4-5 rounds).

Bind off in ribbing. Weave in all your ends. I agree that you probably should keep them for yourself.