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These mittens are a fun knit and make great gifts. They are knitted in the round using either double pointed needles or 2 circular needles. A one by one cable outlines the thumb gusset and a six stitch cable is a feature on the top of the hand. The main fabric is worked in knit 1 purl 1 rib allowing the mittens to fit a wide range of hand sizes. The cable patterns are charted but as the mittens are knitted in the found it is easier to follow the chart.

You will need:

  • 2 balls of Aran/worsted weight yarn.
  • 5mm needles, either 4 double pointed needles or 2 circular needles. If you want to use 2 circular needles it can help to have 2 needles make of different materials e.g. one metal and one bamboo or one wood. (If you know you are a loose knitter you should bring needles one size smaller or if you are a tight knitter bring needles one size larger)
  • Cable needle
  • Scrap smooth yarn and a blunt sewing needle for holding the thumb gusset stitches.
  • Scissors.
  • A tapestry needle for sewing in your ends.
  • Materials will be available to purchase on the day.

Techniques covered

Knitting in the round using double pointed needles, knitting in the round using 2 circular needles, joining in the round, following a chart for the mitten pattern, working cables with (and without) a cable needle, increasing for the thumb gusset, taking stitches off onto a yarn holder, using a tread marker to mark the beginning and end of the round.


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