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Now that the Christmas gifts have been given, I can finally share this pattern!  :)  These mittens are made for ladies with hands that are slightly larger than an “average” ladies hand.  And, if you begin decreasing the top at row 46 (or somewhere around there) instead of round 56, it should fit a “medium”-sized hand quite nicely (and don’t forget to shorten the thumb a bit, as well!)

Of course, all these sizes are relative, which is why I’m using all the quotes.  I will just say, this probably would be too big for a “small” ladies hand.  As is usual with any project, it may require some experimenting on your part to see what works.

Do not be deceived by the rather lengthy instructions; if you can knit in the round and make cables, this is an easy pattern!  I probably could have made the instructions much simpler if I had moved the cable twist by one round.  But, this is what I did.

Gingersnap Mittens by Leanne

Women’s Size Medium-Large/Large, or Small/Medium Men’s

Materials needed:

  • 1 skien of Comfort by Berroco (or any worsted weight yarn)
  • US 5 double-pointed needles
  • US 7 double-pointed needles
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends

Abbreviations:

CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
sl =slip stitch (followed by number of stitches to slip)
12-st LC = slip 6 stitches onto cable needle and hold to front; knit 6 stitches, then knit 6 stitches from cable needle.
12-st RC = slip 6 stitches onto cable needle and hold to back; knit 6 stitches, then knit 6 stitches from cable needle.
m1 = (make one):  knit into front of the stitch as usual, keeping the original stitch on the left needle; then knit into the back of the stitch, and slide stitch off the needle; you will now have 2 stitches instead of 1.
pm = place stitch marker
sm= slip maker
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
k3tog = knit 3 stitches together

RIGHT MITTEN:

With US 5 needles:  CO 40 sts
Work 2 x 2 rib (knit two, purl two, repeat) until cuff measures 3″  (about 21 sts) or desired length
Switch to US 7 needles.
Round 1:  sl 1, p2, k12, p2, sl 1, knit to end
Round 2:  k1, p2, k12, p2, knit to end
Rounds 3 and 5:  repeat round 1
Rounds 4, 6 and 8:  repeat round 2
Round 7:  sl 1, p2, 12-st LC, p2, sl 1, knit to end
Round 9:  repeat round 1
Round 10:  k1, p2, k12, p2, k6, m1, knit to end
Round 11:  sl 1, p2, k12, p2, sl 1, k5, pm, k3, pm knit to end
Round 12:  k1, p2, k12, p2, k to marker, sm,  m1, m1, k, sm, knit to end
Round 13:  Repeat round 1, slipping markers as they come up.
Round 14, 16, 18, 22, and 24:  k1, p2, k12, p2, k to marker, sm, m1, knit to last 2 sts before next marker, m1, k1, sm, knit to end
Rounds 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23:  repeat round 1, slipping markers when they come up.
Round 20:  k1, p2, 12-st LC, p2, k to marker, sm, m1, knit to last 2 sts before next marker, m1, k1, sm, knit to end
Round 25:  sl 1, p2, k12, p2, k to marker, remove marker, k1, slip the next 15 sts onto a stitch holder, k1, remove marker, knit to end
Rounds 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 48, 50, 52, and 54:  repeat round 2
Round 33:  sl 1, p2, 12-st LC, p2, sl1, knit to end
Rounds 27, 29, 31, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, and 55:  repeat round 1
Round 46:  k1, p2, 12-st LC, p2, knit to end
Round 56:  *k6, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 57, 59, 61, 63, and 65:  knit
Round 58:  *k5, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 60:  *k4, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 62:  *k3, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 64:  *k2, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 66:  *k1, k2tog, repeat from * (10 sts remain)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail.  To finish, use kitchener stitch or run tail through all stitches.  Weave in the end.

Thumb:

Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles (size US 7).  From right side, join yarn and pick up/knit 3 sts along the inner edge of the hand (where the gap is).  Knit round.  Place marker at beginning.
Next round:  k3tog, k to end of round
Continue knitting rounds evenly until thumb is correct length (about 16-18 rounds)
Next round: k2tog, repeat.
Cut yarn leaving long tail.  Run tail through stitches.  Tie off and weave in end.

LEFT MITTEN:

With US 5 needles:  CO 40 sts
Work 2 x 2 rib until cuff measures 3″  (about 21 sts) or desired length
Switch to US 7 needles.
Round 1:  k10, sl 1, p2, k12, p2, sl 1, knit to end
Round 2:  k11, p2, k12, p2, knit to end
Rounds 3 and 5:  repeat round 1
Rounds 4, 6 and 8:  repeat round 2
Round 7:  k10, sl 1, p2, 12-st RC, p2, sl 1, knit to end
Round 9:  repeat round 1
Round 10:  k3, m1, k7, p2, k12, p2, knit to end
Round 11:  k3, pm, k3, pm, k5, sl 1, p2, k12, p2, knit to end
Round 12:  k3, sm,  m1, m1, k, sm, k6, p2, k12, p2, knit to end
Round 13:  k14 (slipping markers as they come up), sl 1, p2, k12, p2, knit to end
Round 14, 16, 18, 22, and 24:  k3, sm, m1, knit to last 2 sts before next marker, m1, k1, sm, k6, p2, k12, p2, k to end
Round 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23:  k3, sm, knit to next marker, sm, k5, sl 1, p2, k12, p2, sl 1, knit to end
Round 20:  k3, sm, m1, knit to last 2 sts before next marker, m1, k1, sm, k6, p2, 12-st RC, p2, knit to end
Round 25:  k3, remove marker, k1, slip the next 15 sts onto a stitch holder, k1, remove marker, k5, sl 1, p2, k12, p2, sl 1, knit to end
Rounds 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 50, 52, and 54:  repeat round 2
Round 33:  k10, sl 1, p2, 12-st RC, p2, s1, knit to end
Rounds 27, 29, 31, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, and 55:  repeat round 1
Round 46: k11, p2, 12-st RC, p2,  knit to end
Round 56:  *k6, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 57, 59, 61, 63, and 65:  knit
Round 58:  *k5, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 60:  *k4, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 62:  *k3, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 64:  *k2, k2tog, repeat from *
Round 66:  *k1, k2tog, repeat from * (10 sts remain)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail.  To finish, use kitchener stitch or run tail through all stitches.  Weave in the end.

Thumb: Work the same as right-hand (above).