Last Minute Mittens

Experiencing a bit of festive fatigue from all the last minute knitting and holiday preparations??  If you are down to the crunch and still need to come up with one more speedy gift idea for a helpful neighbour, a favorite teacher, or maybe have on hand for an unexpected guest at the dinner table on Christmas Eve, take a look at this week’s festive project- 

These colourful chunky mittens will be finished and ready to wrap after an afternoon of knitting, complete with nostalgic charm,  just like Grandma used to make from her scrap basket.  Knit in Escape Chunky from Sirdar, a tweedy mix of wool and acrylic in sixteen fun stripey colourways.    

Last Minute Mittens


Size:  Women’s Medium (Large)

Yarn:  2 balls Sirdar Escape Chunky col #178

Needles:  4.50 mm and 6.00 mm double pointed

Tension:  14 sts and 19 rows = 4 in/10 cm in st st

Right Mitten-

Cast on 24 (28) sts with smaller needles.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Join in round and place a marker.  Work in K1/P1 ribbing for 3 (3.5) in/7.5 (9) cm.  Change to larger needles and work in K rnds, inc 2 sts evenly across 1st rnd = 26 (30) sts.  Place a marker on needle between first and last st, and between 13th and 14th (15th and 16th) st.  K 10 rnds. 

Thumb Opening:  Using a 12 in/30 cm length of scrap yarn, K the first 4 (5) sts, slip these 4 (5) sts back to left needle.  Note:  This will act as a stitch holder.  K across all sts with Main yarn.  Cont in K rnds until work meas 8.5 (9) in/22 (23) cm.

Shape Top:  *K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K to 3 sts before next marker, K2tog, K1, slip marker*, rep once more across rnd.  Rep these decs on each rnd until 10 sts remain.  Cut yarn and draw through all sts.  Tighten and secure.  

Thumb:  Remove scrap yarn carefully and pick up 11(12) sts around opening with larger needles.  Divide evenly onto 3 needles.  Attach yarn and K 10 (11) rnds. 

Shape Top:  *K2tog, K2*, rep *to* across rnd, end with K2tog, K1 (2) = 8 (9) sts.  K 1 rnd.  *K2tog*, rep *to* until 4 (5) sts remain.  Cut yarn and draw through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Left Mitten-

Work as Right Mitten until Thumb Opening:  K to last 4 (5) sts, using a 12 in /30 cm length of scrap yarn, K 4 (5) sts, slip these 4 (5) sts back to left needle, K across with Main yarn.  Cont to work as Right Mitten. 

(Design by:  Michele Meadows)  

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