Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Knitting along...and a baby mitten pattern

The lovely Ginny of Small Things has come up with a weekly Yarn Along and I have been playing along.

Any excuse to knit and read, I tell ya.

Thrifted Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Christmas Ideas from 1966 (out of print).  It is one of my favorites and I have found so many wonderful ideas to decorate during the holidays.

On the needles~
 Lamb's Pride Worsted in Rosy Velvet.

Some little thumbless mittens on a string for my new niece or nephew.  Although I am pretty convinced that it is a girl...hence the rosy hue.

12 weeks cooked on Friday.

I am so excited, I can't even tell you.

There are many patterns for baby mittens and I have tried a bunch of them in the last week or so, with a so many winter babies due in the next few months, I am getting my gifts in order now while I have time.
After having some trouble with a few of them and finding them a bit too wide in the hand area, I decided to try my hand at making my own pattern that was a bit snugger in the hand area. Also, I like a quicker decrease at the top, it has a twirling effect that I love.

Pattern~ Newborn SUPER EASY Mittens

Needles: Size 5 double points

CO 24 stitches divided on 4 needles
Join in the round and k1 p1 for 9 rounds for a ribbed wrist cuff.
knit 14 rounds
Round 15: knit 4 k2tog around
Round 16: knit 3 k2tog around
Round 17: knit 2 k2tog around
Round 18: knit 1 k2tog around
Round 19: k2tog around
Cast off and weave in ends.

For the string to keep them in place, I simply crocheted a two foot chain in the same yarn and knotted it to the top of the cuff of the mittens.

And there you have it, a quick little knitted gift to warm even the tiniest of hands.

PS... I added it to Ravelry as a pattern in case that you would like to cast them on or add them to your que.


Laura said...

You are the best! Those mittens are so precious, and so fitting for this little PINK bundle! HEHEHEHE! Love you~glad you are enjoying your many books/magazines!

Swanski said...

So beautiful! I wish I had a baby to knit for :)

Spinneretta said...

Those are adorable!

Kelly and Kelly said...

oh my, so cute!!

kathryn said...

thanks for sharing your sweet mitten pattern julia--we have a new little girl in our family, and i think a pair of these will be the perfect gift!

Sarah said...

Those mittens are so cute. I love the color! Thanks for the pattern, too =)

Lise said...

That book looks so tempting! And those mittens are adorable. Lucky babe!

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

Such a cute mitten pattern! I'm still hoping this cold weather we've been experiencing in Florida is a complete fluke and it'll GO AWAY and I can get back to knitting bikinis (not that I ever have but it sure sounds nice right now!!!).

By the way, your link in the Yarn Along seems busted.

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

Or, I could have just noticed that you corrected the link immediately below the busted one!
So sorry!

SugarMama said...

These are very very cute! I love the color!


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