Mithrandir Fingerless mitts
Simple diamond patterned fingerless mitts, knitted in the round. I wanted to use up leftovers of 5 ply guernsey yarn, but realise not everyone has that lying around so made the same pattern, with the same sized needles, using DK as well. As you can see, the guernsey 5 ply mitts came out slightly smaller and because the yarn is smooth the pattern motif pops a bit more. The DK ones are cosier, though. The allover diamond is a common gansey motif, especially popular in Scotland and the North of England.
These are great for playing your ukelele in a cold student flat. Also good for cycling. And they make a great stocking present for xmas. A fast knit.
Size: Average, adult. Motif repeat is 6 stitches so for bigger, add 6 and smaller, detract 6 at cast on, if you want to keep perfect motif repeats!
Yarn: About 120 m of leftover 5 ply gansey yarn
Use 1 ball DK. (131 yards, 120 metres)
Needles: 2.5mm and 2.75mm dpn needles or circ needles to get tension
Tension: 6 sts per inch, stocking st.
Using smaller needles and longtail method, cast on 36 sts. Joining in round without twisting. Place Marker at start of round.
Rds 1 -3: *(P1, K1), rep to end round
Rd 4: Purl
Rds 5 – 12 : Rep from *, three times (ie: til you have 4 bands of purls and 4 bands of ribbing).
Changing to larger needles, K 1 round
All subsequent rounds: Follow chart, starting with round 1.
Work 6 rounds. Then continue to work according to chart, whilst making thumb gusset.
Rd 7: Establish thumb: Mk 1purlwise, place marker. Work in pattern to end round.
Next Rd: P1, work in patt to end round
Next round: P1, Mk 1 knitwise, M1 purlwise, Work in patt to end round
Next round: P1, K1, P1, work in patt to end round.
Continue to inc two sts knitwise, inside the 2 purl sts, every other round til you have 13 thumb sts. (ie: You are increasing every odd number round). [51sts when thumb gusset is complete, including the 2 P sts].
When you have 51 sts, work one more round then leave all thumb sts including the 2 P sts on waste yarn or st holder.
Rejoin in round and cont to knit body of mitt in patt as established.
Complete diamond patt, ending with a round 1 when you have four complete diamonds (vertically).
K 4 rounds in plain stocking st (stockinette).
Using smaller needles, P 3 rounds.
Using smaller needles, PU 15 sts waiting for you.
M 5 sts from body of mitt. [20 sts]
K2, P2 rib for 4 rounds. Cast off.
Sew in all ends. Make second mitt as above.
NB: Chart Key
Purple = Purl st on right side
White = Knit st on right side