As always when knitting garments for hands, I was reminded that fiddling with the fingers and mitten shell is by far the most time-consuming part. However, for me it’s also the most worthwhile as it creates a very practical item that is less likely to be dropped and lost.
I made a few changes from my last Smartphone Friendly Mitts, creating a size in between the medium and large for a wonderful fit. I was amazed at the difference in gauge you get between knitting on 2.75mm and 2.5mm needles. These mittens, which are knit on the smaller needles, are noticeably warmer than my old Broad Streets. I really loved the last pair of mittens I made even though they are the tiniest bit tight. This new colourway should also go better with my red coat.
It was so interesting to read my notes on the Broad Street mittens I made. Just under three years ago, these were probably the most fiddly item I had ever made to that point. I certainly remember puzzling over a few things in the pattern. It’s nice to be able to see my progress in craft through this blog.
How I made my mitten shell:
CO 32 sts. I recommend tubular (great tutorial here) but long tail would also work.
K 11 rows
Divide onto two needles
Pick up 30 sts across knuckles of mitten. Be careful to make sure you pick up starting from the centre of the pinky or your shell will not hang straight.
With working yarn from ribbed flap, K across picked up stitches, dividing onto two needles as you go.
Knit across the stitches you just ribbed, joining to work in the round.
Increase one stitch in the ladder before the picked up stitches. K30. Inc 1, K to end. Place marker for beginning of round (64 sts total)
K for 32 rounds. Try on. You don’t want to start the star decrease before you’ve knit just past your pinky.
K6, k2tog around (56 sts)
K 1 rnd
k5, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd (48 sts)
K 5 rounds
k4, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd
K 4 rounds
k3, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd
K 3 rounds
k2, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd
K 2 rounds even.
k1, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd
K 1 round
K2tog* *rep to end of rnd
Graft remaining 8 sts together
Then sew in the million ends.
Here’s how they look with the matching scarf.