Monday, December 1, 2014

Morristown Mitts Pattern Available on Ravelry

I found this lovely skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted in the sale bin at Green Planet Yarn. The yarn has been discontinued; yet another yarn I like to knit with going away :-(. I bought a skein (i actually bought more, but we won't talk about that!) with the intention of knitting up a simple pair of ribbed mitts. I toyed with the idea of knitting a pair of mitts from my friend and designer Carol Bucholz, but the pattern isn't released yet. So, I decided whip up my own simple ribbed mitt pattern.

As you can see, I knit the pattern using the Ella Rae, but since it has been discontinued, its unfair to make a pattern available using that yarn, so I knit a few more pairs in some yarns that are more available. The pattern has been tested using SweetGeorgia Superwash DK, MadelineTosh Tosh DK, and Cascade 220 superwash.

The mitts are knit in a simple 2x2 ribbing (including the thumb) so they have a great deal of stretch and will fit most hands.

You will need one skein of DK or light worsted weight yarn for these mitts. Look for a wool yarn with about 220 to 260 yards per 100 grams. Small differences in gauge will not substantially affect the fit of these mitts.

In addition to yarn, you will need knitting needles to knit in the round. I used 2 circulars for these mitts, but the pattern does not depend on this and you may choose the circular method of your choice. You will also need markers and a tapestry needle.

Techniques Used

  • 2x2 rib
  • knitting in the round
  • M1R, M1L and M1P
  • picking up stitches
  • German twisted cast on
  • Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off

    There are pointers to the cast on, bind off and purl side M1 on my resources page.

    The pattern is available for free at Morristown Mitts.

    Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

    Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. .

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