Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts Pattern!


Hi, Knitters,
I am so excited to finally be able to offer you my latest pattern, Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts. This is a simple pattern for a basic worsted weight mitten that fits great and has the perfect shape. The increases and thumb gusset are incredibly simple and the pattern comes in three sizes: small (6 inch hand circumference), medium (7 inch hand circumference) and large (8 inch hand circumference). You measure the hand across the knuckles. The medium fits an average woman's hand. The length for the mitten and thumb are easy to customize and the pattern points out the spots to add or subtract length. 

There are also instructions for a fingerless mitt version. I had over 10 knitters test knit this pattern and give me feedback that I've incorporated into the pattern. Every size was test knit in both the mittens and the fingerless mitts.

My hope is that this will become your go-to mitten pattern every year. I know that I use this pattern over and over and everyone loves the shape and fit of these mittens. That's why I finally wrote it up in three sizes and with a fingerless mitt option so you could have this pattern to fall back on, too. After a few pairs are completed you will have this pattern easily memorized.


All you need is 100 yards of worsted weight yarn for the small, 150 yards for the medium, and 200 yards for the large for the mittens. One of my test knitters reported that she made the large fingerless mitts with only 110 yards.

This is a great project for gift knitting and for using up that never-ending worsted weight stash. The yarn in the photo above is Noro Kureyon, and I needed 2 skeins for the medium size mittens.


This yarn is my own handspun from Dyeabolical roving. I just love this pair!

The thumb gusset uses a simple backward loop increase and Paula of the Knitting Pipeline has an excellent video tutorial for this technique right here.


You won't believe how fast these knit up, you'll have a pair before you know it. I used US size 7 dpns to get 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.


The yarn for the watermelon stripey mittens is from Freshisle Fibers in the Suffolk Wool. 

The pattern is now for sale in my Ravelry pattern shop for $4.00. I will be hosting a Waiting for Winter Mitt-along starting December 5th and ending on January 5th on the Itty-Bitty Knits group. 


Click here to purchase the pattern or to see more information on Ravelry (you don't need to be a Ravelry member to buy patterns on Ravelry)!

I'll be back soon with a couple more fun ornament patterns.

'Tis the season....
best, susie

24 comments:

chmurka said...

WOW all these are so cute!!!
I love the second pair the most!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh YEAH!
I am so exciting about your pattern.
It was worth the wait.
I'm going to purchase it right now!!!
p.s. Love your cartigan. It is gorgeous!!!
Carol Knowles

idiosyncratic eye said...

Ooh, another exciting KAL! Now, I just have to work out what worsted weight is. ;)

Sandy W said...

Great mittens. I'm heading over to check out the pattern right now. Thanks!

VickiMurphy said...

OMGosh!!!! It was like Christmas when I opened my email this morning!! Got the pattern and going to try this weekend. Had such good luck with your sock pattern, I am sure this pattern will be the same. Thanks Susan :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks, Susan, for such a cheerful post. I love the mittens and the socks and shoes in the new header. You're a knitter from feet to hands!

pens and needles said...

I just bought the pattern in eager anticipation of whipping up some gifts for grandgirls. Wondering if you could please show a photo of the pattern made into fingerless mitts??? Thanks!

Susan B. Anderson said...

the test knitters worked up the fingerless versions for me. i will be casting on a pair of the fingerless mitts today and will post a photo as soon as I finish.

Anonymous said...

Love your Dyeabolical roving yarn and mittens. However, I'm particularly smitten with the yarn used for the little girl's socks (heading pic). What is that?! Kimmy

Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

congratulations on another great pattern! What great simple mitts!

http://www.knittingwitholof.com

Susan B. Anderson said...

those are the Patchwork Socks made with all sorts of leftovers using my "How I make my socks" free pattern, alternating every ten rounds.

christine said...

Love the hand spun pair!

Do you remember what the color way is?

Susan B. Anderson said...

dyeabolical roving in the Themyscira colorway

sally said...

Your sock photo is great. What fun!

Dyeabolical said...

Super cute mittens!

Kathy said...

Hi Susie,

Just bought the pattern, can't wait to start.

Kathy

jill said...

cannot wait to start on the fingerless version and my needles are ready for the sweater ornaments!!! love your patterns!!

Kepanie said...

Pinned and Rav. faved!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see the tiny sweater pattern! Looks fun & I'm going to get started today! Also thanks for the mitten pattern!,

Unknown said...

Why no pic of fingerless version? I've been trying out various patterns for them and might want to try yours...thanks, Jules

Unknown said...

Any chance for a pic of the fingerless version? I've been trying out various patterns for these and would like to see how these look as fingerless...thanks, Jules

Desiree said...

I just started these yesterday and they knit up so fast! Thank you for a great pattern :)
Desiree Bates

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Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi!
Please email me your question at 4busykids@chorus.net:)
susan