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Adult's Cable Mittens Novita Alpaca Wool

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Mittens worked in Novita Alpaca Wool yarn with a traditional cable stitch pattern. A pattern for a hat is also available.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2015 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 55
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N041555
Pattern details
Size
child[woman:man]

Yarn demand
Novita Alpaca Wool (black) 100[100:150] g

Needles and other supplies
Set of 5 double-pointed 3,5 mm needles

Designer
Susanna Mertsalmi

Details

Stitch pattern

Rib in round: *K1,P1,rep from* to end.

Stocking stitch in round: knit all rows.

Cable pattern in round: See chart.

Tension

22 sts to 10 cm measured over stocking st

Left Hand Mitten

Using double-pointed needles cast on 35[47:51] sts loosely. Distribute sts over 4 of the 5 needles as folls: 8, 8, 10 , 9[11, 11, 13 ,12: 12, 12, 14 , 13]. Taking care not to twist cast-on edge and using 5th needle, work in rounds, beg and ending rnds as indicated, work in patt from chart as folls:

Rnd 1: K1[0:1], * P1, K1, rep from * 9(14)15 times, work 10 st cable patt from chart, ** K1, P1, rep from ** to end. Rep rnds 1-8 over 10 st patt, work in rib the rest of the sts until cuff meas 6[7:8] cm. Cont in stocking st and 10 st patt. Work 2 rnds.

Thumb Gusset

Work until you have 4 sts left on needle II., M1 =make one stitch by picking up horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it, K2, M1, K2, work to end. Rep increases every 3rd rnd 3(5)6 times. Work 1 rnd. Work next round to the begginning of the thumb gusset. Put 10[14:16] sts of the thumb gusset on a holder, cast on 2 sts, cont in round as indicated. Work until the mitten covers the little finger = about 9[13:15] cm after rib.

Shape Tip

Dec rnd: needle I.: K2tog knit to end of needle I.,

needle II.: work to last 2 sts, sl1, K1, psso,

needle III.: K2tog, knit to end of needle III.,

needle IV.: work to last 2 sts, sl1, K1, psso.

Rep decreases every alt rnd 5(6)7 times. Rep decreases every rnd until you have 7[11:11] sts. Break yarn leaving a long end. Pull end through all sts and tighten it. Weave in all ends.

Thumb

Rejoin yarn to 10[14:16] sts on a holder and pick up 2 sts from hand edge (=back of the thumb) =12[16:18] sts. Distribute sts evenly over 3 needles. Work in stocking st in rnd. Work until thumb meas 3,5[5:5,5] cm.

Dec rnds: K2tog at the end of each needle until you have 4 sts left. K1, pass 3 sts over from left to right. Weave in all ends.

Right Hand Mitten

Work as left hand mitten reversing all shapings. Make thumb gusset after 2 sts on needle III.

To Make Up

Steam the mittens lightly.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Size:110 cm[woman:man]

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch pattern
Rib in round: *K1,P1,rep from* to end.
Stocking stitch in round: knit all rows.
Cable pattern in round: See chart.
Tension
22 sts to 10 cm measured over stocking st

Stitch pattern

Rib in round: *K1,P1,rep from* to end.

Stocking stitch in round: knit all rows.

Cable pattern in round: See chart.

Tension

22 sts to 10 cm measured over stocking st

Left Hand Mitten

Using double-pointed needles cast on 35[47:51] sts loosely. Distribute sts over 4 of the 5 needles as folls: 8, 8, 10 , 9[11, 11, 13 ,12: 12, 12, 14 , 13]. Taking care not to twist cast-on edge and using 5th needle, work in rounds, beg and ending rnds as indicated, work in patt from chart as folls:

Rnd 1: K1[0:1], * P1, K1, rep from * 9(14)15 times, work 10 st cable patt from chart, ** K1, P1, rep from ** to end. Rep rnds 1-8 over 10 st patt, work in rib the rest of the sts until cuff meas 6[7:8] cm. Cont in stocking st and 10 st patt. Work 2 rnds.

Thumb Gusset

Work until you have 4 sts left on needle II., M1 =make one stitch by picking up horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it, K2, M1, K2, work to end. Rep increases every 3rd rnd 3(5)6 times. Work 1 rnd. Work next round to the begginning of the thumb gusset. Put 10[14:16] sts of the thumb gusset on a holder, cast on 2 sts, cont in round as indicated. Work until the mitten covers the little finger = about 9[13:15] cm after rib.

Shape Tip

Dec rnd: needle I.: K2tog knit to end of needle I.,

needle II.: work to last 2 sts, sl1, K1, psso,

needle III.: K2tog, knit to end of needle III.,

needle IV.: work to last 2 sts, sl1, K1, psso.

Rep decreases every alt rnd 5(6)7 times. Rep decreases every rnd until you have 7[11:11] sts. Break yarn leaving a long end. Pull end through all sts and tighten it. Weave in all ends.

Thumb

Rejoin yarn to 10[14:16] sts on a holder and pick up 2 sts from hand edge (=back of the thumb) =12[16:18] sts. Distribute sts evenly over 3 needles. Work in stocking st in rnd. Work until thumb meas 3,5[5:5,5] cm.

Dec rnds: K2tog at the end of each needle until you have 4 sts left. K1, pass 3 sts over from left to right. Weave in all ends.

Right Hand Mitten

Work as left hand mitten reversing all shapings. Make thumb gusset after 2 sts on needle III.

To Make Up

Steam the mittens lightly.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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