Flower Day Mittens

Sometimes to cure the winter blues, you just need some flower mittens! Featuring the classic shape from the original Snow Day Mittens from the February 2015 issue, this fresh take features a felted finish and a gorgeous floral embellishment. 

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 12 mo (24 mo, CS, CM)[CL, WS, WM]{WL/MS, MM, ML} to fit hand length up to approximately 4 (4½, 5, 6)[6½, 7, 8]{8½, 9, 9½}”/ 10 (11.5, 13, 15)[16.5, 18, 20]{21.5, 23, 24} cm

Gauge: 14 sts and 21 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st before felting

Materials

Yarn: Malabrigo Washted (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams): Heirloom Vegetables (1 hank)

Malabrigo Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams): Natural (1 hank)

Notions: 1 stitch marker, stitch holder, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round, from the cuff to the toes.

Pattern

Cuff

Using the long-tailed cast-on method and CC with smaller needles, CO 24 (26, 28, 30)[32, 32, 34]{36, 40, 42} sts. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Work 1¾ (2, 2¼, 2½)[2½, 2½, 2½]{2½, 3, 3}“ / 4.5 (5, 5.7, 6.4)[6.4, 6.4, 6.4]{6.4, 7.6, 7.6}cm of *k1, p1* ribbing.

Thumb Gusset

Change to larger needles and MC, and k 3 (4, 2, 3)[3, 2, 3](4, 4, 4) rnds even. On last rnd, k 2 (2, 3, 3)[3, 3, 3]{3, 3, 3}sts, PM, k to end of rnd.

Increase rnd: Kfb, k to last st before marker, kfb, slip marker, k to end of rnd.

K 2 rnds even.

Rep these 3 rnds 3 (3, 4, 4)[4, 4, 4]{4, 4, 4} times for a total of 30 (32, 36, 38)[40, 40, 42]{44, 48, 50} sts.

Rep increase rnd once more for 32 (34, 38, 40)[42, 42, 44]{46, 50, 52} sts total.

Sizes 12 Months and 24 Months Only: Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Sizes CS, CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML: K 1 rnd even.

Sizes CS, CM, and CL: Rep increase rnd once more for 40 (42, 44) sts. Sizes CS only: Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Sizes CM and CL: K 1 (2) rnds even. Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Sizes WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML: K 1 rnd even. Rep increase rnd once more for 44 (46, 48, 52, 54) sts. K 2 (2, 3, 2, 2) rnds even. Sizes WS, WM, WL/MS: Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Sizes MM and ML: ML, Rep increase rnd once more for 54 (56) sts. K 2 (3) rnds even. Size MM: Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Size ML: Rep increase rnd once more for 58 sts. Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Divide for Thumb

K 0 (0, 2, 2)[2, 1, 1]{1, 1, 1} sts. Move next 10 (10, 11, 11)[11, 13, 13]{13, 15, 17} sts onto waste yarn or holder.

Using the backward loop method, CO 4 (4, 3, 3)[3, 3, 3]{3, 3, 3} sts. K to end of rnd, removing marker that marked the end of the thumb gusset.

24 (26, 32, 34)[36, 34, 36]{38, 42, 44} sts on needles for palm

Palm

K 1¾ (2¼, 2½, 3¼)[3¾, 4, 4¼]{4½, 4¾, 5}”/ 4.5 (5.7, 6.4, 8.3)[9.5, 10, 10.8]{11.4, 12, 12.7} cm even.

Shape Top

*K2tog, k 10 (11, 6, 15)[7, 15, 7]{17, 5, 9} sts; rep from * to end of rnd.

22 (24, 28, 32)[32, 32, 32]{36, 36, 40} sts

K 3 (3, 2, 2)[2, 2, 2]{2, 3, 3} rnds even.

*K2tog, k 9 (4, 2, 2)[2, 6, 6]{7, 7, 8} sts; rep from * to end of rnd.

20 (20, 21, 24)[24, 28, 28]{32, 32, 36} sts

K 2 (2, 2, 2)[2, 1, 1]{1, 2, 2} rnd(s) even.

*K2tog, k 0 (0, 1, 1)[1, 5, 5]{6, 6, 7} sts; rep from * to end of rnd.

10 (10, 14, 16)[16, 24, 24]{28, 28, 32} sts

K 1 (1, 1, 1)[1, 1, 1]{1, 1, 2} rnd(s) even.

*K2tog, k 0 (0, 0, 0)[0, 1, 1]{0, 0, 6} st(s); rep from * to end of rnd.

5 (5, 7, 8)[8, 16, 16]{14, 14, 28} sts

Sizes 12 Months, 24 Months, and CS: Cut yarn, then use a tapestry needle to cinch live sts. Weave in end and go to “Thumb”.

*K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.

N/A (N/A, N/A, 4)[4, 8, 8]{7, 7, 14} sts

Sizes CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, and MM: Cut yarn, then use a tapestry needle to cinch live sts. Weave in end and go to “Thumb”.

ML Only: Rep last rnd. 7sts Cut yarn, then use a tapestry needle to cinch live sts. Weave in end and go to “Thumb”.

Thumb

Place 10 (10, 11, 11)[11, 13, 13]{13, 15, 17} sts from holder onto dpns. Pick up 2 (2, 5, 5)[5, 5, 5]{5, 5, 5} sts on mitten body. 12 (12, 16, 16)[16, 18, 18]{18, 20, 22} sts

Arrange sts onto dpn needles, noting that the first st picked up on the mitten body is the first st of the rnd. K, in rnds, until thumb measures 1½ (1¾, ½, ½)[¾, ½, ¾]{1, 1¼, 1½}” / 3.8 (4.5, 1.3, 1.3)[2, 1.3, 2]{2.5, 3.2, 3.8} cm from the sts picked up from the mitten body.

Sizes CS, CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML: K2tog, k 1, k2tog, k to end of rnd.

N/A (N/A, 14, 14)[14, 16, 16]{16, 18, 20} sts

Work another N/A (N/A, 1, 1¼)[1¼, 1½, 1½]{1½, 1½, 1¾}”/ N/A (N/A, 2.5, 3.2)[3.2, 3.8, 3.8]{3.8, 3.8, 4.5}cm.

All Sizes: *K2tog, k 1 (1, 2, 2)[2, 2, 2]{2, 1, 2} sts; rep from * to end of rnd, ending with a k2tog on CS, CM, and CL sizes only.

8 (8, 10, 10)[10, 12, 12]{12, 12, 15} sts

K 1 rnd even.

*k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd, ending with a k1 for ML size only.

4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8) sts total.

For all sizes except ML, cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Pull through live sts, secure, and weave in end.

Size ML only: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 4sts Cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Pull through live sts, secure, and weave in end.

Finishing

Weave in all remaining ends, darning holes at thumb join, if necessary. Using a top-loading washing machine, wash mittens in hot water, preferably with several towels or pairs of jeans. It may be helpful to cut a drinking straw and insert into the thumbs of the smallest sizes, to keep the thumbs from felting shut. Check the mittens often for length, as the machine is going through its agitation cycle. Make sure the thumbs are not felting together. If they start to, you can pull them back open with a wooden spoon handle. When mittens have felted down to 4 (5, 5½, 6½)[7, 7½, 8½]{9, 9½, 10}”/ 10 (12.5, 14, 16.5)[18, 19, 21.5]{23, 24, 25.5}cm from cast-on edge, or to desired length, rinse with cold water, squeeze excess water out, and shape and dry.

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