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My Mellow Mitts are finally done and I’m ready to show them off. Things kept getting in the way of the knitting of these. Not big things, just ordinary life things. In fact so many life things happened that there was one day that I didn’t knit at all, not one little stitch. That just doesn’t happen to me. So yesterday, when I got home, I blew off all my obligations and responsibilities and knitted on these mitts. I ignored life (and this blog) and knitted away until my mitts were done. By the time I was casting off, I felt much better. I was happy and smiling and all mellowed out. Ahh the power of yarn.
Mellow Mitts are opera-length fingerless gloves made with fingering weight yarn. The pattern below includes options for small, medium, and large sizes.
|Size||Circumference of Your Palm||Cast-On||Amount of yarn needed|
|Small||7 - 8 in (18-20 cm)||48||320 yds (293 m)|
|Medium||8 - 9 in (18-23 cm)||56||380 yds (347 m)|
|Large||10 - 11 in (23 - 25 cm)||64||430 yds (393 m)|
I made mine with Chroma Fingering in colorway Seafoam.
Chroma Fingering Yarn
from: Knit Picks
If you are a follower of this blog that probably doesn’t surprise you. I do like that Chroma yarn. This is the third pattern I’ve published with it. (And just last week when I was making up an order of more yarn from Knit Picks I was sooooo tempted to get more because Chroma is currently on sale and the colorway Lupine is just to die for. Instead I was good and stuck with my original plan to only buy CotLin and Palette. But it was hard.) The color Seafoam doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Those darn yarn companies are always adding new colors, which I applaud, and taking away old colors, which I deplore. (Which probably means I really should have ordered some of that Lupine Chroma because in month they’ll discontinue it or something and I’ll be kicking myself.)
Theses mitts are intended to be long, over-the-elbow fingerless gloves. There is something so elegant about gloves that extend over your elbow. To shape the glove and make it taper down the length of the arm I used yarn-over spacing.
There are no decreases, not until you reach the wrist. In the beginning, at the elbow, there is a “yarn over, ssk to end” every second row. Then it changes to ever third row. Then to every fourth row and so on. By gradually making the yarn-overs less and less frequent, the fabric naturally narrows and it do so in a way that doesn’t bind or pinch. It retains lots of stretchiness which is pretty important for a comfortable fitting glove.
I like my thumb gussets to be wide and flexible. There will be a hole at the base of the thumb that you close up afterwards.
Just follow the link to a photo tutorial for closing up a thumb gusset hole.
Mellow Mitts – opera-length fingerless gloves
Yarn = Chroma Fingering yarn (one ball to two balls depending on size made)
Needles = US size 2 (2.25mm) for working in the round. Check out my free tutorial for using double pointed needles or magic looping with a circular.
Gauge = 32 sts =4 inches (10 cm) in plain stockinette
Notions = two stitch markers for the thumb increases and a tapestry needle for sewing in ends
- k = knit
- p = purl
- YO = Yarn Over
- ssk = slip, slip knit (Slip two stitches knit-wise one at a time. Insert the left tip into the front of both slipped stitches and knit them together.)
- M1L = pick up the horizontal strand between two stitches by inserting the left needle from front to back and knit into the back loop.
- M1R = pick up the horizontal strand between two stitches by inserting the left needle from back to front and knit normally.
- pm = place a stitch marker
- sm = slip stitch marker
Cast On 48 (56,64) sts. Join to work in the round.
Set Up Round 1: k
Set Up Round 2: p
Set Up Round 3: k
Set Up Round 4: p
Round 1: k
Round 2: *YO, ssk* to end
Work Rounds 1 & 2 a total of ten (11, 12) times
Round 1 & 2: k
Round 3: *YO, ssk* to end
Work Rounds 1 – 3 a total of ten (11, 12) times
Round 1 – 3: k
Round 4: *YO, ssk* to end
Work Rounds 1 – 4 a total of ten (11, 12) times
Round 1 – 4: k
Round 5: *YO, ssk* to end
Work Rounds 1 – 5 a total of ten (11, 12) times
Note: Want your gloves to be shorter? Simply work fewer repeats of each section!
Round 1 : k
Round 2: *k2, ssk* to end (36, 42, 48 sts)
Rounds 3 – 10 (11, 12): k
Round 1: k 18(21, 24), M1L, k to end (37, 43, 49 sts)
Round 2: k
Round 3: k 18 (21, 24) pm, M1R, k1, M1L, pm, k to end (39, 45, 51 sts)
Round 4: k
Round 5: k to marker, sm, M1R, k to marker, M1L, sm, k to end
Round 6: k
Repeat rounds 5 & 6 nine (11, 13) more times, until there are 59 (69, 79) sts on the needles.
Set up round : k 18 (21, 24) sts, remove marker, place next 23 (27, 31) sts onto waste yarn, remove next marker, k to end (36, 42, 48 sts)
Round 1: **YO, ssk* to end
Rounds 2 – 5: k
Round 6: *YO, ssk* to end
Rounds 7 – 9: k
Round 10: *YO, ssk* to end
Rounds 11 & 12: k
Round 13: *YO, ssk* to end
Round 14: k
Round 15: p
Round 16: k
Round 17: p
Round 18: k
Finishing the Thumb
Pick up 23 (27, 31) sts from waste yarn. Join in new yarn (leave a long tail for closing your thumb gusset hole later) and work in the round.
Rounds 1 – 4: k
Round 5: p
Round 6: k
Round 7: p
Round 8: k
Bind Off. Weave in ends and close up that hole at the base of the thumb. You can find my free tutorial for that right here.
Now make your second mitt. Then enjoy!
"There is no failure. Only feedback." - Robert Allen
15 Comments on "Mellow Mitts – a free knit pattern"
Thanks! I hope that everyone who makes a pair feels they were made just for them.
No to working on blankets in the summer time. Even I’m not cold natured enough to sit under a blanket while makign it. So next up is some kitchen stuff and a summer Tee. Plus a friend has asked me to design a one-skein wonder of a pattern that she can “kit up” with her hand dyed yarn and sell in the fall.
So I have too many plans. As usual.
I have a thing for Chroma too. I love these opera length mitts and hopefully, one day, my knitting mojo will return. It’s been on hiatus for…I don’t want to think how long it’s been! Thanks for sharing this pattern/your hard work with your readers!
As long as you’re playing with yarn and you’re happy then its all groovy!
Jen, in the sizes you state “diameter” of the palm. Could you actually mean the circumference? They are lovely mitts and I want robe sure to make the correct size. Thanks!
Oops. You’re right I do mean circumference. Thanks for the catch.
That was “to be” sure, not “robe” sure. 🙁
Thanks for the pattern, Jenn! These look great on you!
I’m a huge fan of Chroma yarn too, as well as everything knit picks. Since its on sale and I need some (like a hole in my head) for another project, I’ll grab enough for several projects, including these.
I keep forgetting to click through your links so you’ll get credit, but this time I will
These mitts will come in handy for fall gardening, i.e. Winter in Houston gardening. ;0 that’s about how long it’ll take me to finish on sz 2 needles.
We all need more yarn like a hole in the head. Doesn’t stop us from getting more though! And thanks for the purchase. Every little bit helps.