...with mittens. The lavendar pair in the previous post was a prototype and I used a rather cheap acrylic yarn. They are warm and cute but not very soft. So I found this yarn from Unger in my stash, which is a better acrylic and much softer, and I knit up an identical pair. I like the contrasting pom-poms. (And while we are on the subject, I used to hate making pom-poms but I got a Michael's coupon and bought the Clover pom-pom maker and now they are a breeze to make and so cute!)
Here is the pattern:
Finished Size: At palm 8", cuff 4", overall length 11" These are very roomy mittens.
Yarn: Worsted Weight, approximately 4 oz. Coordinating color for ties and pom-pom
Needles: Four double-pointed size 9 (5.5mm)
Gauge: 4 sts X 5.5 rows = 1"
With double pointed needles, cast on 64 sts. Place a marker at the beginning of the row.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 7 rows.
Decrease row: K2 together across row, 32 sts.
Row 1 - Purl
Row 2 - Knit
Row 3 - Purl
Row 4-8 - Knit
Row 9 - Purl
Row 10 - Knit
Row 11 - Purl
Row 12 & 13 - Knit
Row 14 - * Knit 2 together, YO; repeat from *
Row 15-16 - Knit
Row 17 - Purl
Row 18 - Knit
Row 19 - Purl
Left mitten: Knit 17, place marker, make 1, knit 1, make 1, place marker, knit to end of round.
Right mitten: Knit 15, place marker, make 1, knit 1, make 1, place marker, knit to end of round.
Row 21 - Knit
Row 22 - Knit to first thumb marker, make 1, knit 3, make 1, knit to end of round
Row 23 - Knit
Row 24 - Knit to first thumb marker, make 1, knit 5, make 1, knit to end of round
Row 25 - Knit
Row 26 - Knit to first thumb marker, make 1, knit 7, make 1, knit to end of round
Row 27 - Knit
Row 28 - Knit to first thumb marker, remove it, slip 9 stitches onto a holder, cast on 1 stitch and knit to end of round
Continue to knit until mitten is about 1/4-1/2" from your longest finger.
Decrease round: Knit 2 together, knit 14, K2 together, knit to end of round
Next row: *Knit 4, knit 2 together; repeat from *
Next row: *Knit 3, knit 2 together; repeat from *
Next row: *Knit 2, knit 2 together; repeat from *
Next row: *Knit 1, knit 2 together; repeat from *
Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches twice and pull tight.
Place the 9 stitches from a holder onto needles. Pick up 3 stitches from where you cast on the 1 stitch and place marker at beginning of round. Knit these 12 stitches until thumb is covered.
Decrease round: Knit 2, knit 2 together.
Cut yarn and pull through all stitches, making sure it is secure.
Ties and pom-pom (make 2)- Cut six 40" lengths of yarn. Using 2 strands each, braid until you have about 30". Make a pom-pom (I used a Clover pom-pom maker). Thread the braided tie through the eyelet row and then attach the pom-poms to the tie (I used a needle to thread the braided tie's ends through the pom-pom, tying them tightly and the trimming the ends so it matches the pom-pom)
Weave in yarn ends and enjoy!