Monday, July 31, 2006

fingerless mittens

I do fingerless mittens on two 24" circular needles, size 1, with a Regia or Opal sock yarn. Cast on 60 stitches and do about 30 rows of 2x2 rib. Then do 20 rows in stockinette before increasing for the thumb gusset, which I increase up to 24 stitches. Bind those 24 stitches off in plain stockinette, and it makes a nice curled edge. After re-joining, I do another 30 rows in stockinette before binding off. I think this is just the right size for a ladies hand, but my kids also wear them. These are pretty sketchy directions, if you need more detail, e-mail me.


At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Pat Dumas said...

hey from the Jersey Shore!
I really love those mittens.!I'm all of a sudden on a mitten crusade...and was having (until I met this site) a hard time figuring how many stitches to cast on for mittens that use Opal or Regia yarn.

I have a basic mitten pattern.. but, I'd love to know (if you'll be so kind to) basically how the sock yarn mittens are done..I'd like to make regular mittens and fingerless ones as well...

In the basic mitten pattern I have, the increase for thumb gusset is done right after the cuff ribbing..It looks like it's different with Opal yarn..

I like yourl style and the coffee and books.. :-)
Very Sincerely, Pat Dumas
Fair Haven, nj

At 12:18 PM, Blogger heidinick said...

Hi Pat:

I can't tell you much besides what I've already
got posted, about my thoughts on making
mittens or gloves with sock weight yarn.
Usually I cast on 60 stitches on #1 needles,
that would work with any fingering weight
such as Regia or Opal, but when I make socks,
I cast on 72 stitches, and I think I'm going
to try that number for mittens now.

I don't start the thumb gusset immediately
after the rib is done, to me that feels kind of
constricting, unless it was a super long rib.
I like the gloves to come longer on my arms.
I do 30 rows of rib, then 20 rows of stockinette,
before starting the thumb gusset.

Happy knitting -


At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Patricia S. Dumas said...


I do have that number "72" in my head for seems it would surely fit around the wrist!

I have so much opal and regia sock yarn, that I'm making mittens with two strands together..that comes out very nice too.

Maybe I should do a blog. I never thought I would.. but..I get lonesome here.:-) Maybe I'll call it the "Lonesome knitter":-)

thanks very much! Pat
at the Jersey Shore


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