Winter has officially arrived in Northern California and we have had some very chilly mornings in Sonoma County over the past weeks.  Recently the temperature dipped below freezing and I knew I had to make some little mitts for my girls to wear in the mornings on our walk to school.

I created Wiggle Mitts and they seem to be the perfect solution for keeping hands cozy.  My daughters can still wiggle their fingers, zip their coats, buckle their backpacks and collect leaves on the way to school all while wearing their mitts, which makes for happy girls!


*NOTE:  Revised on 10/14/13

Malabrigo worsted or Stitch Nation “Full O’Sheep” 
32” circular knitting needle (for magic loop) or 4 DPNs, size 5 and size 7
Yarn needle

In stockinette stitch, 4.5-5 stitches per inch using size 7 needles   

One size fits most children ages 3+

Let’s begin!

Cast on 30 stitches using your smaller needles and join in the round.
Row 1:  Knit1 thru back loop, Purl1 across (K1tbl, P1).  By knitting into the back of the loop you create a twisted rib, which creates a more defined rib and is less likely to get stretched out. 
Repeat Row 1 until the ribbing measures 2.5-3 inches (approx. 14-16 rounds)

Switching to larger needles, work in Stockinette Stitch for 6 rounds.
Thumb Hole*:  Begin knitting flat (back and forth) in stockinette pattern for 6-8 rows or until the opening of the thumb measures about 1 inch.
*For a neat edge at the thumb opening slip the first stitch of each row (slip knit stitches knit-wise, purl stitches purl-wise).
Rejoin your circular knitting and continue to knit Stockinette for 5* more rounds.
*for smaller children (3-5 years old) you may want to decrease on round 4 by 2 stitches for best fit.
Round 4 (Decrease Option): On this final round of stockinette decrease by 2 stitches (K13 K2t, K13 K2t).  You should now have 28 stitches on your needles.

Switch back to your smaller needle to work the palm ribbing.
Row 1: (K1tbl, P1) across.
Repeat Row 1 until the ribbing measures 2.5-3 inches (for best fit measure your child's hand)
Bind off all stitches in pattern (K1P1 rib), cut a 10 inch tail and weave in the ends.

DPNs      double pointed needles
K             knit
P              purl
k2t           knit 2 together
tbl            thru back loop

These mitts are a quick and easy knit and I hope you find that they keep your little one’s hands toasty and warm.  I would love to see your finished projects so feel free to share on Ravelry HERE.

Owner/Designer at Maizy Moo Knits
Join me on Facebook & find more of my free patterns on Ravelry!

No comments:

Post a Comment