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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Big Wool Mittens

Please see notes and updates at bottom before beginning!


1 ball Rowan Big Wool (shown in color Tricky)*
4 dp needles size 11
yarn needle
6 inches of smooth waste yarn in similiar weight**


3sts and 4 rows to 1 inch


Fits a medium women's hand.

Pattern (make 2):

Cast on 20 stitches

Distribute evenly over 3 needles, join round, and mark beginning***


K2 P2 rib for 2 inches.


Knit 1 round

Next round: Increase 3 times evenly across round****. 23 st.

Knit 1 round

Next round: Increase 3 times evenly across round**** . 26 st

Knit 6 more rounds, break yarn.

Knit the first 4 stitches of the next round with the waste yarn. Rejoin Big Wool and continue knitting across round.

Knit 14 more rounds

*k4, k2tog* across round, k2 (22st)

Knit 1 round

*k3, k2tog* across round, k2 (18st)

Knit 1 round

*k2, k2tog* across round, k2 (14 st)

Knit 1 round

*k1, k2tog* across round, k2 (10 st)

Knit 1 round

*k2tog* across round (5 st)

Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches, pull tight.

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Remove waste yarn. Pick up 7 live stitches and pick up 5 stitches from sides (12 st)

Arrange evenly on dps.

Knit 7 rounds

*k2tog* across round (6st)

*k2tog* across round (3st)

Break yarn, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.


Weave in all ends.

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*Ok, so this pattern might take more than 1 ball of Rowan. I had bought 2, made a uterus
and had a ball and a half left. So I made mittens. I started a new mitten with the second ball. Said mitten weighs less than the left over yarn, so you should be able to make a pair with 1 ball, but I haven't tested that theory yet. If you make these, please please please let me know.

**I used 4 strands of Rowan Summer Tweed that I had lying around.

***My favorite new trick for joining rounds is to criss-cross the beginning and last stitch of the round, so it's all joined up before you start knittng.

****To space these evenly, I just increased at the beginning of each needle.


Ok, so I've been wearing these mittens for a little over a month now. The Big Wool pills like crazy. It's a really soft yarn. On one hand, the mittens look a bit worse for wear on the palms. On the other, the inside's starting to felt up a bit, making them softer and warmer!

Also, I realize that I like a big roomy hand. You could probably delete the second round of increases for a closer fitting mitten. You'd definetely get one pair out of one ball that way, as well.


At 2:46 AM, Anonymous terpsichore said...

Hello! I'm a beginner knitter, and tried your pattern. Thought I'd let you see a picture of the finished product:


At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Mittens. I'm going to try this pattern. Thanks for sharing!

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came upon r site ... really cute mittens...ty for sharing....
I will give them a try.... we get very cold weather here so these will certanily keep hands warm..
Gail from Canada

At 6:31 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for this great pattern! A friend asked me to knit her some mittens, so I made a pair this weekend using a ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease from Michael's Crafts on size 10 needles. I added two extra rounds to the thumb. The mittens are thick and should be quite warm.

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

I'm a beginner knitter ... and can't use dpn do you have an easy, quick pattern that you would share with me for knitting mittens?


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