Hand and Wrist Warmers   

Although I am living in Queensland, the evenings during the cooler autumn and winter months can get quite cold. Without any heating inside our house, my hands and wrists used to get very cold. I don’t like wearing gloves as these restrict movement. This gave me the idea of designing and knitting these finger and thumbless mittens as these allow enough mobility and freedom to use my fingers without any restriction whatsoever. The pattern and shape is so simple that you can knit them over a weekend. If you like knitting them as much as I do you might want to knit a second and third pair for your friends or family.

Yarn Moda Vera  Bouvardia 70%Acrylic 30%Wool,

Meterage per ball: approx. 180m

Needles and notions set of 5mm (US8) and 4mm (US6) DPNs , 3 stitch markers, needle to sew in ends

Tension 23 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm (4 inches) in unstretched pattern

Notes

The left and right mitts are identical.

The cable is created by twisting 3 stitches in the following way:

take your right needle behind the knitting and go into the back loop of the third stitch on your left needle. Pull the yarn through, then knit the first and second stitch and drop the third one (you knitted this sts first). Make sure that you always have the same amount of sts on your dpns (10 sts per needle for the small size)

Stitch Pattern

The mitts are knitted from the fingers down to the wrist. The pattern has a repeat of two rows and 5 stitches which means it is repeated 6 times (small to medium size), 7 times (large size) in a round. The second number within the pattern always relates to the larger mitt size.

Instructions for the mitts

With 4mm (US6) DPNs cast on 30 sts for small to medium size, (35sts for large size). Divide sts to 3 DPNs and join work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Place a marker between the first and last sts of the round.

Round 1: knit

Round 2: purl

Round 3: knit

Round 4: purl

Change over to 5mm (US8) DPNs and knit the following

Round 5: knit

Round 6: *knit cable over 3 sts (follow instruction in Notes), p2*, repeat from *to* to end of round

Round 7-24: work round 5 and 6 nine times for small size

(Round 7-30: work round 5 and 6 twelve times for large size)

or until you reach the desired length from the tip of your little finger to

the base of your thumb

Thumb Gusset

At the beginning of the next round you cast on the sts for the thumb gusset onto the last dpn of the round. Therefore you turn the knitting around that you hold the last dpn of the round in your left hand; cast on 10 sts for the small mitt and 14 sts for the large mitt and turn the knitting around again. Place two markers to separate this section of stitches. You will decrease these stitches again in every second round.

Round 25/31: turn knitting around and cast on 10/14 sts for the thumb gusset onto the last needle of the round, turn knitting around again and knit until you reach the gusset sts you just casted on, k10/14 sts onto an extra DPN (now you knit with 4 dpns), place two sts markers to separate these thumb gusset sts

Round 26/32: *knit cable over 3 sts, p2*, repeat from *to* until the last sts of third dpn; remove sts marker and transfer this sts to the needle with the thumb gusset sts; p2tog onto third dpn and replace sts marker; p 8/12, transfer the last gusset sts onto the first needle of the round

Round 27/33: k2tog, knit

Round 28/34: *knit cable over 3 sts, p2*, repeat from *to* until the last sts of third dpn; remove sts marker and transfer this sts to the needle with the thumb gusset sts; p2tog onto third dpn and replace sts marker; p 6/10, transfer the last gusset sts onto the first needle of the round

Round 29/35: k2tog, knit

Round 30/36: *knit cable over 3 sts, p2*, repeat from *to* until the last sts of third dpn; remove sts marker and tranfser this sts to the needle with the thumb gusset sts; p2tog onto third dpn and replace sts marker; p 4/8, transfer the last gusset sts onto the first needle of the round

Round 31/37: k2tog, knit

Round 32/38: *knit cable over 3 sts, p2*, repeat from *to* until the last sts of third dpn; remove sts marker and tranfser this sts to the needle with the thumb gusset sts; p2tog onto third dpn and replace sts marker; p 2/6, transfer the last gusset sts onto the first needle of the round

Round 33/39: k2tog, knit

For the larger size continue to decrease the thumb gusset sts in this way two more times.

Round 34/44: *knit cable over 3 sts, p2*, repeat from *to* until the last sts of third dpn; remove sts marker and transfer this sts to the needle with the thumb gusset sts; p2tog onto third dpn; transfer the last gusset sts onto the first needle of the round

Round 35/45: k2tog, knit

Round 36/46: *knit cable over 3 sts, p2*, repeat from *to* to end of round

Round 37/47: knit

Repeat Round 36/46 and 37/47 six times/ten times or until you reach the desired length

Change over to 4mm (US6) DPNs

Round 50/60: purl

Round 51/61: knit

Round 52/62: purl

Round 53/63: knit

Cast off loosely and sew in the ends.