Saturday, June 21, 2008

Free Knitting Pattern: 2-Needle Bulky Mittens

These are more finished knits from last year and more donations to the Franciscan Center's winter clothing drive through my church. The free mitten pattern is below, but I'll show you the hat I knit first (**THE HAT IS NOT MY PATTERN**).

Here's the hat:

Blue Unoriginal Hat

Pattern: An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka Yarn Harlot)
Yarn: Classic Elite Two.Two (2 hanks, color 1557)
Needles: U.S. 11 straights
Modifications: Because my supply of knitting needles is still pretty small and money is too tight to expand my collection, I converted the pattern to be knit flat.

I wanted a matching pair of mittens, but I couldn't find a pattern that would be suitable for this bulky yarn. I'd never knit mittens in the round before (but that's since changed...I'll blog those soon!). So I designed a pair for bulky yarn that are knit flat and seamed. Even with bulky yarn, the seam wasn't a big problem for me when I tried them on.

Here's the mittens and free pattern:

2-Needle Bulky Mittens
Pattern: My own (see below)
Yarn: Classic Elite Two.Two (2 hanks, color 1557)
Needles: U.S. 11 straights
Gauge: I really should start measuring this. (My bad!) I just knit them to fit.
CO 26 stitches

(Note: The first and last stitch are edge stitches. I slipped the first stitch purlwise and purled the last stitch of every row. These 2 stitches can be eliminated if you choose, so you'd cast on 24 stitches.)

K2, P2 for 10 rows to form the cuff

Knit across the next row, increasing on the 2nd stitch (meaning the 1st pattern stitch, not the edge stitch), the 10th stitch, the 18th stitch, and the 24th stitch

Knit 3 rows

Next row: K13, place marker, increase in each of the next 2 stitches, place marker, K13

Knit next row, then follow with an increase row (increasing in the stitch after the first marker and the stitch before the second marker), alternating these 2 rows until there are 14 stitches between the markers

Knit 2 more rows

K14, put these stitches on a holder; K12 thumb stitches; slip last 14 stitches on holder
Thumb stitches:

Knit 5 rows

K2tog across next row

Break yarn, pull through stitches

(You can either seam the thumb now or wait until the end. I waited.)

Put stitches currently on holder that weren't knit prior to the thumb back on needle, reattach yarn, and knit across

Position so all stitches are back on the needle and knit across the row

K13, K3tog, knit to end (decreased 2 stitches)

Knit until the hand is the desired length

Top of mitten:

(K2tog, K2) across, ending K2tog

Knit 1 row

(K2tog, K1) across, ending K1

(K2tog) across, ending K1

Break yarn, pull through the stitches, and seam.

Make a second mitten the same way.

These haven't been test knit; I just jotted down notes while I knit. If anyone finds a mistake or has a question or suggestion to improve the pattern, please feel free to email me or comment here. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the pattern!

**Photos Copyright 2007 Serena M. Agusto-Cox**


Serena said...

Well, she finally got a post about knitting up. WOOHOO Progress. I have been editing all day...but I am on the last edits now, and plan to send you the story if you have time to read it at work or wherever. I hope to email it to my Word Nerd Partner too.

Let's hope its better. Then it's on to poetry for me.

How long ago did I take those photos? LOL Looks good.

Anna said...

I have a bunch more finished knits to blog. I have to keep motivated if I'm ever going to finish.

I got your story. I'll read it soon.

Dawn said...

I can't believe you make up your own patterns! I never do a gauge swatch to even know where to begin! You're amazing. I wish I could do that but I'm crippled without a pattern, so THANK U for supplying me with one! LOL!!

Anna said...

Thanks, Dawn! They're not great patterns, but I try my best.