Â The children and I are re-listening toÂ Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Â Hard to believe it’s been four years since the last time we listened to it. Â We are all enjoying it just as much as the first time. Bea got a new whittling book for her birthday, and we have been reading through it together. Â Her grandparents also got her leather finger guards, and we have ordered a set of special carving knives to go along with her whittling knife. She loves whittling like I love knitting – it is good to see her find some handwork she really enjoys.
In between more complicated pieces, I like simple knitting projects to give my hands and mind a break. Â I just finished two shawls and needed a simple knit to fill the void.
Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, traditional mittens aren’t always the most practical – they get they get soaked and muddy. Â The children wear their fingerless loves much more frequently. Â This year they’ve all asked for new pairs for Christmas, so it was time to get knitting.
I love knitting these because it takes two hours to make a set – so a quick knit during busy gift-knitting season. Â And using up odds and ends of yarn from previous projects is always a bonus. Â Here’s the pattern:
Simple Mitts for Little Hands:
Yarn: Worsted or heavy-worsted weight yarn (such as Manos del Uruguay Maxima , or Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted). You can get three or more pairs from one ball.
Needles: Size 7 or 8 US double-pointed needles.
Gauge: Not crucial. Fits ages 1-3 (ages 4-7).
CO 26 (28) sts. ÂJoin in round.
Work in K1,P1 rib for 16 (18) rounds
K around for 2 (3) rounds.
Work thumb as follows:
R1: K1fb, K1fb, K around
R2, 4, and 6: K around
R3: K1fb, K2, K1fb, K around
R5: K1fb, K4, K1fb
R 7: K1fb, K6, K1fb
Small size – R8: BO 8 sts, K around.
(Larger size: R8: K around
R9: K1fb, K8, K1fb
R10: BO 10 sts, K around.)
Knit 6(8) rounds. BO Loosely. Weave in ends.
Copyright 2014 Angela Baker. This pattern for personal and charity use only.
The pattern on Ravelry.