Hive Five Mittens

These sport-weight mittens are the perfect accessory to get you through the last bit of winter. A simple honeycomb pattern is worked at the cuff, with the remainder of the mitten being worked in quick-and-easy Stockinette stitch. You can whip them up fast and be ready for those last few cold days before spring is upon us!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large), 6 (7, 8)” hand circumference x 9” long

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Louet Gems (100% Merino Wool; 225 yards [206 meters]/100 grams): Buttercup (1 skein)

Needles: US Size 5 (3.75 mm) DPNs

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers (2), waste yarn or stitch holder, cable needle

Abbreviations

1/1 LC: Sl 1 st to cable needle, hold in front, k1, k1 from cable needle

1/1 RC: Sl 1 st to cable needle, hold in back, k1, k1 from cable needle.

Special Stitches

Stitch Pattern

Rnd 1: *1/1 LC, 1/1 RC; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: Knit all sts.

Rnd 3: *1/1 RC, 1/1 LC; rep from * to end.

Rnd 4: Knit all sts.

Rep Rnds 1-4 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Mittens are identical.

You will work the pattern twice to make your pair of mittens.

Work Stitch Pattern from chart or written instructions.

Pattern

Loosely CO 32 (40, 48) sts. Pm to mark beg of rnd and join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

Cuff

Set-Up Rnd: Knit all sts.

Work Stitch Pattern 5 times (20 rnds).

Next Rnd: Knit all sts.

Cont working in St st (knit every rnd) for 10 rnds.

Gusset

Rnd 1: Knit to end of rnd, pm, m1. (33 (41, 49) sts)

Rnd 2: Knit all sts.

Rnd 3: Knit to marker, sm, m1, knit to end, m1. (2 sts inc; 35 (43, 51) sts)

Rnd 4: Knit all sts.

Rep last 2 rnds another 4 times. (43 (51, 59) sts total)

Next Rnd: Knit to marker, remove marker, place 11 sts on stitch holder or waste yarn.

Hand

Cont working in St st (knit every rnd) until Mitten meas 9” from CO edge (or approximately 2” shorter than desired length).

Top of Mitten

Rnd 1: *K1, ssk, k10 (14, 18), k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (28 (36, 44) sts)

Rnd 2: Knit all sts.

Rnd 3: *K1, ssk, k8 (12, 16), k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (24 (32, 40) sts)

Rnd 4: Knit all sts.

Rnd 5: *K1, ssk, k6 (10, 14), k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (20 (28, 36) sts)

Rnd 6: Knit all sts.

Rnd 7: *K1, ssk, k4 (8, 12), k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (16 (24, 32) sts)

Rnd 8: Knit all sts.

Rnd 9: *K1, ssk, k2 (6, 10), k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (12 (20, 28) sts)

Sizes Medium (Large) Only

Rnd 10: *K1, ssk, k4 (8), k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (16 (24) sts)

Size Large Only

Rnd 11: *K1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (20 sts)

Rnd 12: *K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1; rep from * once more. (16 sts)

All Sizes

Rearrange sts so that 6 (8, 8) sts for top of hand are on one DPN and 6 (8, 8) sts for palm of hand are on another. Use Kitchener st to graft together.

Thumb

Transfer 11 thumb sts from waste yarn onto DPNs. Pick up and knit 5 sts where thumb meets hand, distribute as you like on the needles. Pm to mark beg of rnd. (16 sts total for thumb)

Knit for 12 rnds or until thumb is approx. 0.5” shorter than desired length.

Next Rnd: [K2tog] around. (8 sts)

Next Rnd: [K2tog] around. (4 sts)

Break yarn and thread tail on a tapestry needle. Weave needle through rem sts.

Finishing

With tapestry needle, weave in ends. Block mittens.

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