March 02, 2007

Madde's mittens

"Madde's mittens". "Madde's mittens"..
"Madde's mittens"... "Madde's mittens"....

I just finished these thumbless baby mittens yesterday. They're for my 5 months old niece (and goddaughter).
They took about three hours to knit, are felted and I've had my first go at needle felting as embellishment.

Pattern for

Madde's mittens

50 grams Sandnes Garn “Mor Aase” or another feltable DK weight 100% wool yarn.
A set of four 4,5 mm double pointed needles.
One split stitch marker, safety pin or piece of yarn.
Tapestry needle.
Wool yarn for embellishment, or supplies for needle felting

Using long tail cast on CO 30 stitches, 10 on each needle. Join and start working around in stockinette stitch. Use split stitch marker or safety pin to indicate beginning of round.
Knit even for 26 rounds.

Round 27: *k3, k2tog* to end of round
Round 28: K to end of round
Round 29: *k3, k2tog, k3*, repeat *-* twice
Round 30-36: P all stitches
Round 37: *k3, kfb, k3*, repeat *-* twice
Round 38: *k3, kfb* to end of round
Round 39: *k4, kfb* to end of round

Knit even 17 rounds.

[*K1, ssk, k to last 3 st on needle k2tog, k1* to end of round, k one round] three times, then *-* until there are 12 st left. Ssk, k2tog on all three needles. Break yarn, run it through the 6 remaining stitches with a tapestry needle and pull gently to close end of mitten. Weave in ends.

Make one more mitten.

Place mittens inside a zippered laundry bag or duvet cover, run through a normal cycle in the washing machine on medium temp., with a towel (or together with your normal laundry). Remove mittens from laundry bag. Tug and pull to shape mittens and get out any kinks. If the mittens have felted together on the inside, use a spoon to open them up again. If necessary, hand felt the hand portion of the mittens using washing up liquid and hot water. Stuff the mittens with plastic and leave to dry.

When the mittens are dry, embellish them as you to your (or recipients) liking. I used needle felting on the ones pictured here. You could also knit the mittens in a stripe pattern (great for using up leftovers from other projects) or embroider them with feltable wool before felting.

This is my first time writing up a pattern for other people. If you find any mistakes, or have any questions, please let me know!
Also, if you make a pair, I'd love to see it ;)

(Post edited to add pattern)


Kaitie Tee said...

Too cute! Definitely share your pattern. :-)

the kitchener bitch said...

those are really sweet! I love them!

Not just another said...

WOW! those are precious! well done . . .

Batty said...

Those are so adorable! They must be tiny in real life. Beautiful work!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely, post the pattern. They are wonderful!

Carrie said...

I love those--the needle felting is very charming!

reluctantMANGO said...

Heck yea, we want that pattern! Those mitts are the cutest thing I've seen in weeks! I can't believe that's your first go at needle felting... the designs look fantastic!

Jennifer said...

So sweet! The embroidery looks beautiful!

Disco said...

Absolutely beautiful :-)

tracing said...

These are adorable!