Doves, wanting mittens!
I adapted this pattern from slightly larger little mittens. These measure about 3 inches long, and look really cute decorating a wreath. I think this is for an intermediate knitter, because using double pointed needles on such a small thing can get tricky.
- 4 size 4 double pointed knitting needles
- yarn. I used wool-the lovely Lion Brand 100% wool, regular weight
- large holed needle for sewing in ends
CO 12 stitches, divide the stitches between 3 needles, don't twist the stitches
Rows 1-6: K1,P1
Row 7:K1,M1,K10 (you have 13 sts)
Row 9: K 6, M1,K1, M1, K 4 (15 sts)
Row 10: K
Row 11: K 6,M1, K 2, M1, K 5 (17 sts)
Row 12: K
Row 13: K 6,M1,K 3, M1, K 6 (19 sts)
Row 14: K
Row 15: K 6, M1,K 4,M1, K 7 (21 sts)
Row 16: K 6, place 5 sts on a safety pin for thumb, finish row with knit
Rows 17-21: Knit, pulling yarn tightly to close gap above thumb sts
Row 22: K 2 tog, K 2, repeat (you may have to transfer a st to another needle as you k 2 tog)
Row 23: K
Row 24: K 2 tog, K 2, repeat
Row 26: K 2 tog, repeat
Cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to draw through sts on needles. Weave end of yarn down through mitten, hiding end.
Thumb: Place 5 held sts on 1 dpn. Join yarn and k 1 row. Work I-cord (please look this up if you don't know how to do it) a few rows, last row, K 2 tog, repeat, cut leaving tail, weave into end of thumb. If there are any holes, weave loose yarn ends and pull up yarn to close holes. (I usually have one by the thumb)
I used little clothes pins to attach the mittens to the wreath, but you can crochet or braid loops for the mittens to hang them. A long garland of mittens in all colors would be very pretty. They also look nice as package decorations, or with little ornaments stuffed inside and hung on the tree.
*** I adapted this pattern from Interweave Knits Magazine, Winter/99/00, pattern originally by Barbara Albright, page 56.
I've made hundreds of these-one mitten this size takes less than an hour to knit.