Sunday, July 27, 2014

Free Pattern: Chunky Baby Mitts

I've copied this pattern over from my old blog which I've decided to set to private.

We're waiting on a new addition to the family. My cousin & his wife are having a baby and I put off knitting until the point where the baby was threatening to arrive before the gift so this weekend I whipped up a hat and mitts. The hat I used the Fixation Newborn Hat pattern but the mitt pattern I wrote myself and I thought I'd share it.  This pattern is for personal or charity use only.

Chunky Baby Mitts

Gauge: 4.5sts per inch
A small amount of bulky yarn I used KnitPicks Brava Bulk.
Size 6 DPNs (or size needed to obtain gauge).
Tapestry needle. 
Stitch marker if wanted.

CO 18sts, join in the round being careful not to twist. Place marker if desired.
Work in K1, P1 for 2 inches.

K1, m1, K4, m1, K1 three times until all stitches are worked (24sts).
Knit 15 rounds.
K1, ssk, K6, k2tog, K1 x2.
K1, ssk, K4, k2tog, K1 x2.
K1, ssk, K2, k2tog, K1 x2.
K1, ssk, k2tog, K1 x2.
Graft remaining stitches.
Weave in ends.

Repeat for second mitt.

A note on yarn choices for new babies. Use yarns that are machine washable and dryable.  Babies are messy and parents are tired, if the people you are knitting for aren't knitters they may not realise some yarns need to be treated with care. If they are knitters they'll still be exhausted and doing a lot of washing, give them a break and don't make them something they need to delicately hand wash and dry flat.

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