Oh, yes I did. On Wednesday, I decided that Emily’s Electric Blue Cassidy hoodie needed a pair of matching mitts, and the mitts had to be done (including washing and blocking) by Saturday morning so that they could be delivered along with Cassidy by my DH Saturday evening.
So, I sat down and did a rough design. I started with 4 mm dpns and 40 stitches. I knitted the first mitt through the thumb gusset, tried it on, and decided it was a little too tight.
I went to the frog pond (rip-it, rip-it) and started over with a cast-on of 44 stitches. Much better.
So, without further ado, I present for your viewing pleasure, Emily’s Electric Blue Cassidy Mitts.
As you can see, I decided to use the 3 x 1 rib pattern on the cuff and palm, and the sleeve/hood/center back pattern on the back of the hand. I think the mitts would look lovely using the cable pattern from cast on to cast off, but I wanted to repeat the ribbing of the sweater. Just because.
Here’s how I knitted the mitts:
On 4mm dpns, cast on 44 stitches
Knit 24 rounds of K3, P1 ribbing
Begin cable pattern and thumb gusset increases:
For left mitt, K1, pm, m1R, K1, m1L, pm, K1, P1, K3, work Cassidy Chart C, (K3, P1) x 5
For the right mitt, K3, work Cassidy Chart C, K3, P1, K1, pm, m1R, K1, m1L, pm, K1, P1, (K3, P1) x 4
Knit one round in pattern (knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches, cross cables on cable rounds).
Continue increasing every other round. I worked the K3, P1 ribbing into the thumb gusset as the stitches allowed. Note that the number of stitches between the m1R and m1L will increase by 2 after each increase round. Keep increasing until you have 21 stitches between the markers.
Knit one more plain round, and place the gusset stitches on waste yarn.
Join to continue knitting the hand in the round, adding one stitch where that first thumb gusset stitch would have been, and knit in pattern until the mitt is the length you desire. I knitted 7 full Chart C repeats and 3 rows of an 8th repeat (8 cable crossing total), then cast off using the sewn cast off.
Put the gusset stitches on dpns and pick up 5 stitches along the thumb hole. (I knit the picked-up stitches through the back loop to close up any holes.) Move the first 2 knit stitches and the last two knit stitches of the gusset onto the needle with the picked-up stitches. The last to knit stitches that you move to the “picked-up” needle will become the beginning of the round.
Work thumb decreases as follows:
Rnd 1: SSK, K2, P1, K2, K2tog, work needles 2 and 3 in pattern
Rnd 2: SSK, K1, P1, K1, K2tog, work needles 2 and 3 in pattern
Rnd 3: Knit the knits, purl the purls
Rnd 4: SSK, P1, K2tog, work needles 2 and 3 in pattern
Rnd 4: Knit the knits, purl the purls
Rnd 5: P3tog, work needles 2 and 3 in pattern
Rnd 6: Knit the knits, purl the purls
Cast off. Weave in ends.
K = knit
P = purl
pm = place marker
SSK= slip, slip, knit (slip one stitch knit-wise, slip the next stitch knit-wise, put the stitches back on the left-hand needle and knit them together through the back loop)
K2tog = knit two stitches together as one
P3tog = purl three stitches together as one
m1R = pick up the working thread between the stitch on the right-hand needle and the stitch on the left-hand needle from back to front and knit through the front of the loop. This makes a right-leaning increase.
m1L = pick up the working thread between the stitch on the right-hand needle and the stitch on the left-hand needle from front to back and knit through the back of the loop. This makes a left-leaning increase.