Knotty Mittens

I have never owned a pair of mittens. Not terribly surprising, as I spent my formative years, and several since, in sunny foggy CA, but dammit, I’ve lived in NY off an on for eight years now! And I had very awesome, very goofy yarn I accidentally bought (long story)! And… uh… okay, that’s about it. I mean, geeze, how many reasons do you need to make mittens?

Now, I’ve made Knotty gloves several times now, and adore the pattern, not just because it’s pretty but also because it’s turned out great even when I use different yarns and/or can’t find the perfect needle size, so I figured if I was going to quasi-invent myself some mittens, these would be the best place to go. Apologies to (the clearly fabulous) Julia Mueller for blatantly co-opting her pattern.

Materials:
• 1 skein sock weight yarn
• 2.5 mm circular needle (80 or 100 cm) or dpns
• Tapestry needle
• A little piece of waste yarn
Gauge:
30 stitches and 44 rows on 10 x 10 cm (stockinette stitch)
Size:
women’s L
19 cm / 7.5″ hand circumference
It’s important to check the fit of the glove while knitting, so try it on from time to time.
Downsizing: use a gauge of 36sts/4″ to get a women’s M (17 cm / 6.5″ circumference).
Abbreviations:
[R]: ….. = instructions for the right glove
[L]: ….. = instructions for the left glove
Instructions:
CO 60 sts.
[R]: work p2 k2 ribbing for 2.5″
[L]: work k2 p2 ribbing for 2.5″
[R]: go on ribbing the first 30 sts, then knit the remaining 30 sts in cable pattern (see chart). When reaching round 24, knit the 30 ribbed sts in stockinette stitch and continue working the chart for 5 rounds.
[L]: use the first 30 sts for the cable pattern (see chart) and go on ribbing the remaining 30 sts. When reaching round 24, knit the 30 ribbed sts in stockinette stitch and continue working the chart for 5 rounds.
Thumb gusset:
Go on with the chart (you should be in round 29 right now), but work the 30 stockinette stitches as follows:
[R]:
Round 29: k2, m1, k1, m1, k27
Round 30 + 31: knit
Round 32: k2, m1, k3, m1, k27
Round 33 + 34: knit
Go on in the established increase pattern, adding 2 knit sts to the segment marked bold. When you reach the point where you have to k17 between the m1, stop increasing (Round 53).
Round 54 – 56: k78
Round 57: k2, put the next 19 sts on a piece of waste yarn, cast on 5 sts to close the gap using the back-ward loop method, k57
You need to decrease 4 of these 5 sts on the next 2 rounds as follows:
Round 58: when you reach the 5 sts: ssk, k1, k2tog
Round 59: when you reach the remaining 3 stitches: slip1, k2tog, psso.
Go on knitting until you reach the top of your little finger
[L]:
Round 29: k27, m1, k1, m1, k2
Round 30 + 31: knit
Round 32: k27, m1, k3, m1, k2
Round 33 + 34: knit
Go on in the established increase pattern, adding 2 knit sts to the segment marked bold. When you reach the point where you have to k17 between the m1, stop increasing (Round 53).
Round 54 – 56: knit
Round 57: k57, put the next 19 sts on a piece of waste yarn, cast on 5 sts to close the gap using the back-ward loop method, k2
You need to decrease 4 of these 5 sts on the next 2 rounds as follows:
Round 58: when you reach the 5 sts: ssk, k1, k2tog
Round 59: when you reach the remaining 3 stitches: slip1, k2tog, psso.
Go on knitting until you reach the top of your little finger
[R&L]:
Begin decreases:
k1, ssk, k25, k2tog, k1, k25, k2tog
k1, ssk, k23, k2tog, k1, k23, k2tog
k1, ssk, k21, k2tog, k1, k21, k2tog
k1, ssk, k19, k2tog, k1, k19, k2tog
k1, ssk, k17, k2tog, k1, k17, k2tog
k1, ssk, k15, k2tog, k1, k15, k2tog
k1, ssk, k13, k2tog, k1, k13, k2tog
k1, ssk, k11, k2tog, k1, k11, k2tog
k1, ssk, k9, k2tog, k1, k9, k2tog
k1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1, k7, k2tog
k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1, k5, k2tog
k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, k3, k2tog
k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso
Thread yarn through live stitches, draw through.
Weave in all ends and use them to close between the hand and thumb (if necessary).
Thumb:
Move the 19 sts back on your needle and knit, picking up 5 sts to close the gap.
Round 1: When reaching the picked up sts (5): ssk, k1, k2tog
Round 2: When reaching the picked up sts (3): slip 1, k2tog, psso
Continue knitting until it just barely reaches the tip of your thumb
Next round: k2tog 10 times
Next round: k2tog 5 times
Break yarn and thread it through remaining stitches, pull tight, and weave in ends.

Cable Chart:

Materials:
• 1 skein sock weight yarn
• 2.5 mm circular needle  (80 or 100 cm) or dpns
• Tapestry needle
• A little piece of waste yarn


Gauge:
30 stitches and 44 rows on 10 x 10 cm (stockinette stitch)

Size:
women’s L
19 cm / 7.5″ hand circumference
It’s important to check the fit of the glove while knitting, so try it on from time to time.
Downsizing: use a gauge of 36sts/4″ to get a women’s M (17 cm / 6.5″ circumference).

Abbreviations:
[R]: …..  = instructions for the right glove
[L]: ….. = instructions for the left glove

Instruction:
CO 60 sts.
[R]: work p2 k2 ribbing for 2.5″
[L]: work k2 p2 ribbing for 2.5″
[R]: go on ribbing the first 30 sts, then knit the remaining 30 sts in cable pattern (see chart). When reaching round 24, knit the 30 ribbed sts in stockinette stitch  and continue working the chart for 5 rounds.
[L]: use the first 30 sts for the cable pattern (see chart) and go on ribbing the remaining 30 sts. When reaching round 24, knit the 30 ribbed sts in stockinette stitch and continue working the chart for 5 rounds.

Thumb gusset:
Go on with the chart (you should be in round 29 right now), but work the 30 stockinette stitches as follows:


[R]:

Round 29: k2, m1, k1, m1, k27

Round 30 + 31: knit

Round 32: k2, m1, k3, m1, k27
Round 33 + 34: knit
Go on in the established increase pattern, adding 2 knit sts to the segment marked bold. When you reach the point where you have to k17 between the m1, stop increasing (Round
53).
Round 54 – 56: k78
Round 57: k2, put the next 19 sts on a piece of waste yarn, cast on 5 sts to close the gap using the back-ward loop method, k57
You need to decrease 4 of these 5 sts on the next 2 rounds as follows:
Round 58: when you reach the 5 sts: ssk, k1, k2tog
Round 59: when you reach the remaining 3 stitches: slip1, k2tog, psso.
Go on knitting until you reach the top of your little finger

[L]:

Round 29: k27, m1, k1, m1, k2

Round 30 + 31: knit

Round 32: k27, m1, k3, m1, k2

Round 33 + 34: knit

Go on in the established increase pattern, adding 2 knit sts to the segment marked bold. When you reach the point where you have to k17 between the m1, stop increasing (Round 53).

Round 54 – 56: knit

Round 57: k57, put the next 19 sts on a piece of waste yarn, cast on 5 sts to close the gap using the back-ward loop method, k2

You need to decrease 4 of these 5 sts on the next 2 rounds as follows:

Round 58: when you reach the 5 sts: ssk, k1, k2tog

Round 59: when you reach the remaining 3 stitches: slip1, k2tog, psso.

Go on knitting until you

reach the top of your little finger

[R&L]:

Begin decreases:

k1, ssk, k25, k2tog, k1, k25, k2tog

k1, ssk, k23, k2tog, k1, k23, k2tog

k1, ssk, k21, k2tog, k1, k21, k2tog

k1, ssk, k19, k2tog, k1, k19, k2tog

k1, ssk, k17, k2tog, k1, k17, k2tog

k1, ssk, k15, k2tog, k1, k15, k2tog

k1, ssk, k13, k2tog, k1, k13, k2tog

k1, ssk, k11, k2tog, k1, k11, k2tog

k1, ssk, k9, k2tog, k1, k9, k2tog

k1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1, k7, k2tog

k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1, k5, k2tog

k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, k3, k2tog

k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso

Thread yarn through live stitches, draw through.

Weave in all ends and use them to clos between the hand and thumb (if necessary).

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2 thoughts on “Knotty Mittens

  1. Thanks for the lovely pattern. I am just working on the first mitten and have reached the decreases with 60 stitches on the needles. Is there supposed to be a “ssk” after the second K1 so that there are paired decreases on the left and right?

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