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.

Reading~
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
Decreasing:
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.

10 comments:

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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