Dearest Knitting Daily Reader,
Here are two free patterns for you to use with our new app. I hope you enjoy working on these portable projects!
This pattern is based on the mitten pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. I basically just left the tops off of the hand and thumb and added a few rows of ribbing!
To Fit: 7- to 7.5-inch (18-19 cm) hand circumference (for 8-inch [20.5 cm] circumference hands, use size 3 needles and sport-weight yarn, and add 2 to 4 stitches to the thumb gusset)
Yarn: About 300 yards of sock yarn (I used Berocco Sox Metallic [73% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 2% other fiber])
Needles: Size 2 U.S. 32-inch circular needle (I used the Magic Loop method of knitting, but you can use double-pointed needles or two circular needles, too)
Gauge: 7 sts per inch
Notions: Markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle
CO 48 sts and arrange evenly on tips of circular needles. Place marker (pm) and join to work Magic Loop. Work k1, p1 ribbing until total length measures 2.5 inches (6.5 cm).
Change to stockinette stitch and work one round, increasing one stitch at end of round-—49 sts.
Shape Thumb Gusset
On next round, knit across 24 stitches, pm, M1, k1, M1, pm, knit to end, 2 sts increased; 3 gusset sts betwee markers.
Knit 1 round even. (M1 = Make One. In the Knitting Daily Glossary, see "Make One Left" or "Make One Right" and choose one to use. Or, use both, the left at the beginning of the gusset and the right at the end of the gusset.)
Increase round: Knit to marker (m), slip m, M1, knit to next m, M1, slip m, knit to end-2 gusset sts increased in each increase round.
Repeat increase round every 3 rounds 6 times, knitting two rows even between each increase round. At the end of 6 increase rounds you should have 15 gusset stitches.
On the next round, place gusset stitches on length of waste yarn, remove gusset marker, use the backward loop method to CO 1 st over gap left by gusset, and knit to end of round—50 sts.
Knit straight rounds until the hand portion is ½ inch (1.2 cm) shorter than you want it to be. Change to k1, p1 rib and work for ½ inch (1.2 cm).
Bind off all stitches in pattern. Break yarn.
Transfer stitches from waste yarn to circular needle. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for ½ inch.
Bind off all stitches in pattern. Break yarn and sew in ends on thumb, finger ribbing, and cuff.
Ta da! Now make another one to match.
I developed this scarf while on vacation in Yellowstone National Park. I couldn't stand not knitting for a week, but I needed something simple to work on so I wouldn't miss any sightings!
Yarn: Any DK-weight yarn
Needles: Size 7 U.S.
Gauge: 5 sts/inch
CO 24 stitches.
Row 1: K1, *YO, K2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2: K1, *YO, P2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf is the desired length (or until you run out of yarn!).
This pattern gives you a lot of bang for your knitting buck. The lace pattern looks really fancy and it shows off variegated yarn really well, and it's a great stash-buster for those special one or two skeins of yarn you bought on vacation.