Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stay-put, long-cuff toddler mittens

Determined to knit Bee a pair of winter mittens that she couldn't pull right off of her hands, I devised these long-cuff, thumbless toddler mitts. They're knit from the top down, ending with a stretchy bind-off. For maximum stay-put power, the mile-long cuff is very close-fitting. And the simple colorwork chart is the easiest intarsia possible -- about as much colorwork as I can handle without causing my brain to burst like a water balloon. Enjoy!

Size: 12 - 24 months

#5 dpns
#3 dpns
1 skein Rowan Cork in color A (or other yarn in same weight)
small amount of Rowan Cork in color B, for intarsia pattern (or other yarn in same weight)
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

white = color A
black = color B
(click chart to enlarge)

CO 4 with color A. Join to work in round, but don't PM.
KFB every st until 26 sts rem.
Place marker to mark new beginning of round.
R1: k12, KFB of next st, k12, KFB of next st
R2: k
R3: k13, KFB of next st, k13, KFB of next st
R4: k
R5: k14, KFB of next st, k14, KFB of next st
R6: k
R7: k15, KFB of next st, k15, KFB of next st. 34 sts rem.
R8: k
Work chart, using colors A and B.
After finishing chart, work 16 rounds.
Dec for cuff:
K2, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k to end.
NR: *k2, k2tog* around. 24 sts rem.
NR: k1, *k2tog, k4* to last 3 sts. End k3.. 20 sts rem.
Switch to size 3 needles and work 1/1 rib for 4".
BO using JSSBO and a size 5 needle.