Stella has been invited to a birthday party this weekend and I went to several stores looking for the perfect gift for an 8 year old girl – but I could not really find anything that was worth buying. I thought about what I could make that could be completed within the week and would be liked and I thought about a pair of fingerless mittens. I went to my 2 favorite free knitting pattern sites: www.ravelry.com and www.knittingpatterncentral.com. I couldn’t really find a child’s pattern that I liked, but I found one for adults, but of course it was for a different weight yarn than what I wanted to use – so I re-wrote the pattern for the size I wanted and using the yarn I had. After 2 starts I had the pattern!
Lace & Fur Fingerless Mittens
Size: Child or small wristed adult
Gauge: 20 sts = 4 inches
Yarn: 1 skein chunky weight yarn (you will use about 1/2)
1 skein Fun Fur (you will not even use 1/2)
Needle Size: US 8
1 darning needle
K = knit
P = purl
sk2p = slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch – 2 stitches decreased
YO = yarn over
P2tog = purl 2 stitches as one, decreasing one stitch
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2 (RS): K1 *yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * across
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for Lace Pattern
Row 1(RS): *K2, P2; repeat from * across
Row 2 (WS): knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for ribbing
Cast on 33 stitches with the yarn only, using the knitting on method. Work in Lace Pattern until piece measures 4 1/2 inches, ending on a RS row.
Add the fun fur to the yarn and work in the Ribbing Pattern, starting with Row 1 and work for 12 rows.
Continuing with the Ribbing Pattern and only using the yarn, work for 4 more rows. Bind off in Ribbing Pattern. The fingerless mitten should measure 8 inches.
To Finish: Beginning at the bound-off edge, seam sides of fingerless mittens, sewing for 5 1/2 inches, then weave the yarn through the edge, leaving a 1 1/2 inch space for the thumb opening and then sew 1 inch to end (another way to state: seam sides, leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening for the thumb, about 1 inch below cast on edge). Weave in all ends. This project took me less than 3 hours to make (had some interruptions!) and I think you could make 2 pairs from 1 skein of yarn. After the photos, I was told that I needed to make another pair for Stella, who would have thought?!