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Women's cabled mittens Novita Alpaca Wool

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These generous cabled mittens from Novita Alpaca Wool are a warm comfort in the winter.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 20
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N041720
Pattern details
Size
One size

Yarn demand
Alpaca Wool
(407) Lichen approx. 100 g

Needles and other supplies
Double-pointed needles:
Novita 4 mm or size needed to obtain gauge

Designer
Minna Metsänen

Details

Left mitten

Cast on 47 sts and distribute 10, 11, 13, and 13 sts onto four needles. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV. Begin the twisted ribbing and the cable pattern in the round from row 1 of chart: p1, *k1 tbl (= through the back loop), p1*, repeat *-* 9 more times, work the 26-st pattern on the chart. Work the sts on needles I and II in ribbing. On needles III and IV, work rows 2-12 of the cable pattern on the chart, then keep repeating rows 13-24.

Note: When you have worked row 18 of the cable chart, switch to working in stockinette st on needles I and II. On needles III and IV, continue the cable pattern.

When you have worked 2 rows in stockinette st, begin the increases for the thumb gusset: knit all sts on needle I, knit all sts on needle II until 4 sts remain. Make 1 (m1 = pick up the strand of yarn between the sts onto your left-hand needle and knit it through the back loop), k2, m1, k2.Continue working the stockinette st and repeat the gusset increases every 3rd round for 5 more times. 2 sts increased on the gusset each time. When you have finished the increases, work 1 round. Work through the next round until you reach the gusset. Move the 14 gusset sts on hold onto a piece of scrap yarn.

Cast on 2 sts at the gusset and continue the patterns until you have worked rows 13-24 of chart I for 4 times. Then work rows 25-34 of the chart. Work row 35, 4 sts decreased on the cable pattern. Work row 36, 2 more sts decreased on the cable pattern. At the same time, decrease 1 st on needle I. 40 sts now on the needles, 10 sts each. From now on, purl all cable sts.

Begin the decreases for the top: at the beginning of needle I, k1, skp (=slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over). At the end of needle II, k2tog, k1. At the beginning of needle III, k1 tbl, p2tog. At the end of needle IV, p2tog, k1 tbl. Work these decreases every round until 8 sts remain in total.

Break the yarn, pass it through the remaining sts and securely weave in the yarn ends.

Right mitten

Work as the mirror image of the left-hand mitten. Work the thumb gusset 2 sts from the start of needle III.

Thumb

Pick up the sts on hold and 2 additional sts from the base of the thumb. Distribute these 16 sts on three needles and work stockinette st in the round.

When you have worked for 5 cm or past the halfway point on your thumb nail, work the decrease. At the end of each needle, k2tog until 6 sts remain. Then k1 and pass the remaining sts over. Securely weave in the ends.

Finishing

Steam the mittens lightly.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Women's medium size

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Twisted ribbing:
*p1

Left mitten

Cast on 47 sts and distribute 10, 11, 13, and 13 sts onto four needles. The beginning of the round is between needles I and IV. Begin the twisted ribbing and the cable pattern in the round from row 1 of chart: p1, *k1 tbl (= through the back loop), p1*, repeat *-* 9 more times, work the 26-st pattern on the chart. Work the sts on needles I and II in ribbing. On needles III and IV, work rows 2-12 of the cable pattern on the chart, then keep repeating rows 13-24.

Note: When you have worked row 18 of the cable chart, switch to working in stockinette st on needles I and II. On needles III and IV, continue the cable pattern.

When you have worked 2 rows in stockinette st, begin the increases for the thumb gusset: knit all sts on needle I, knit all sts on needle II until 4 sts remain. Make 1 (m1 = pick up the strand of yarn between the sts onto your left-hand needle and knit it through the back loop), k2, m1, k2.Continue working the stockinette st and repeat the gusset increases every 3rd round for 5 more times. 2 sts increased on the gusset each time. When you have finished the increases, work 1 round. Work through the next round until you reach the gusset. Move the 14 gusset sts on hold onto a piece of scrap yarn.

Cast on 2 sts at the gusset and continue the patterns until you have worked rows 13-24 of chart I for 4 times. Then work rows 25-34 of the chart. Work row 35, 4 sts decreased on the cable pattern. Work row 36, 2 more sts decreased on the cable pattern. At the same time, decrease 1 st on needle I. 40 sts now on the needles, 10 sts each. From now on, purl all cable sts.

Begin the decreases for the top: at the beginning of needle I, k1, skp (=slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over). At the end of needle II, k2tog, k1. At the beginning of needle III, k1 tbl, p2tog. At the end of needle IV, p2tog, k1 tbl. Work these decreases every round until 8 sts remain in total.

Break the yarn, pass it through the remaining sts and securely weave in the yarn ends.

Right mitten

Work as the mirror image of the left-hand mitten. Work the thumb gusset 2 sts from the start of needle III.

Thumb

Pick up the sts on hold and 2 additional sts from the base of the thumb. Distribute these 16 sts on three needles and work stockinette st in the round.

When you have worked for 5 cm or past the halfway point on your thumb nail, work the decrease. At the end of each needle, k2tog until 6 sts remain. Then k1 and pass the remaining sts over. Securely weave in the ends.

Finishing

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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