Lime Green Lady

Mother and Toddler Gloves and Mitts with Easy Thumbs

I’ve been spending a lot of time crocheting recently, writing for a few magazines and running 2 crochet classes a week.

So it has been really nice working on some knitting for the first time in…well…far too long.

gloves and mitts

The beauty of these patterns is the thumbs. Thumbs can be tricky, so below I have included a photo tutorial for easy thumbs on mitts or gloves.

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Inspired by Fireworks in this colour scheme, I whipped up a pair of mitts for the boy now the weather has turned. I then fell in love with them and was rather jealous that they didn’t fit me. So, I took the opportunity to make myself a pair. Not a mitt wearer myself, I tried fingered gloves for the first time.

Eeeeeeep!

Word to the wise, when attempting knitting gloves, keep colour changes on the fingers to a minimum, especially if its your first time knitting on 4 pins. I forgot this gem of a tip, and was cursing myself when trying to weave in ends and making everything neat. Took me a week to finish them off after I had done the knitting. Blurgh.

These patterns are perfect if you have never knitted on 4 pins before. As I am oodles faster and more confident knitting on 2 pins, the main part of both the mitts and gloves are knitted flat, then the thumbs (and fingers on the gloves) are knitted on 4 pins. Great as a 1st 4 pin project.

Tension 23 st and 32 rows = 10 cm

Materials

3.25mm needles

4mm needles

4mm 4 pins

Double knit yarn in sage green, bright orange, denim blue and deep pink

20 cm of contrasting yarn.

Toddler mitts, to fit a 2 year old

On 3.25mm needles, cast on 38 in green, work 14 rows of double rib.

Change to 4mm needles, work 2 rows in stst.

(From here on, continue in st st working the pattern as follows: 1 row in orange, 1 row in blue, and 5 rows green)

work rows 3 – 6 in pattern

easy knitted thumb

row 7 – k3 (for left mitt, k29), cut yarn leaving long tail, change to contrasting yarn and k6.

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Cut yarn, reintroduce green again and k to end.

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Work a further 14 rows keeping pattern correct.

Change to orange, work 5 rows.

K 2 tog all the way along (18)

Cast off in 2s.

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To complete thumb, insert double ended pin in 6 stitches on row above contrasting thread

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and in 6 stitches in row below.

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Turn work over and unpick contrasting thread.

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Distribute stitches evenly between 3 of the double ended pins.

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Work 12 rounds in blue.

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Cast off in 2s.

Sew up top of thumb using thread end.

Sew up side and top of mitt using mattress stitch.

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Ladies Gloves

gloves and mitts

You’ll need 2 st holders.

On 3.25mm needles, cast on 54 in green. Work 20 rows in double rib.

Change to 4mm needles, work 2 rows in stst

(From here on, continue in st st working the pattern as follows: 1 row in orange, 1 row in blue, and 5 rows green)

work rows 3 – 14 in pattern.

row 15 – k3 (for left mitt, k43), cut yarn leaving long tail, change to contrasting yarn and k8. Cut yarn, reintroduce green again and k to end.

Work a further 17 rows keeping pattern correct.

To work fingers: (the number in brackets is for the left hand)

Slip next 21 (20) stitches onto 1st holder, spread next 12 (14) st evenly between 3 double ended pins and slip the final 21 (20) stitches onto the 2nd holder. The stitches on the pins will be the little finger (index finger on left hand).

Note, all but the little finger will be 14 stitches, the little finger is 12. Make sure you work the little finger in the right place in respect to the thumb!

Tip: Try the fingers in 1 solid colour if you’re new to fingered gloves!

For little finger:

Keeping pattern correct, work 14 rounds. Work 5 rounds of pink, cast off in 2s. Use end of thread to sew up top.

For all other fingers:

Slip the next 7 stitches to the finger you’ve just completed off each holder and spread them evenly on 3 double ended pins.

Keeping pattern correct, work 19 rounds. Work 5 rounds of pink, cast off in 2s. Use end of thread to sew up top.

For thumb

insert double ended pin in the 8 stitches on row above contrasting thread and in 8 stitches in row below. (see images above of mitt thumb)

Turn work over and unpick contrasting thread.

Distribute stitches evenly between 3 of the double ended pins.

Work 20 rounds in pink.

K2tog(4)

Cast off in 2s

gloves

Sew up top of thumb using thread end.

Sew up side and top of mitt using mattress stitch.

I hope you enjoy making some winter warmer gloves this season. Get creative and try out some colour work. I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift project!!

Let me know how you get on with the pattern

LGLx

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This entry was published on November 7, 2015 at 11:19 pm. It’s filed under knitted, pattern, photo tutorial and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Mother and Toddler Gloves and Mitts with Easy Thumbs

  1. You chose beautiful colors for these.

  2. I love these, I love how your matching and I love the design! I have personally never tried knitting before but might give it a go at some point, but happy to crochet for now! Thank you for popping by my blog! I am now following your blog!

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