I designed these mittens while I was at home with my daughter when she was still a tiny newborn. As all the mommas out there probably know, those first few months can be mentally and physically draining. Not to mention that time coincided with my first winter in Canada. (Actually I am told that it was one of the warmer winters in Alberta!) Designing these colorwork charts and seeing those adorable fruits come to life really helped me to keep my mind busy and lift my spirits.
Just a few tips before we get started, especially if you’re new to colorwork. There may be a good amount of puckering as you knit, but than can usually be fixed by blocking. Just make sure not to pull your floats too tight (the strands of yarn on the back side of your work). Also make sure to catch any floats that are greater than 5 stitches, otherwise they can easily get caught and pulled. One last note before we get to the pattern. As you can see in the pictures, there are watermelon slices at the top of the mitten. The watermelons use four colors in one row (background color, green for the rind, red for the watermelon and brown for the seeds). So rather than battling with four separate strands of yarn, you can omit the brown seeds (knitting instead in the red color) and then add in the seeds later with duplicate stitch. I’ll be adding in a tutorial on duplicate stitch in the next week, so check back if you would like to learn. It’s a very easy way to add some simple decorative elements to your finished piece without having to worry about stranding.
Size: Women’s Medium
- CO – Cast on
- DPNs- Double pointed needles
- k – knit
- k2tog- knit two together (right leaning decrease)
- p- pearl
- ssk- slip slip knit (left leaning decrease)
- st- stitch
- sts – stitches
- yds – yards
Finch by Quince & Co. (or another fingering weight wool yarn)
- Audouin (undyed) –110 yds
- Honey (green) – 55 yds
- Pomegranate (red) – 65 yds
- Apricot (orange) – 45yds
- Bark (brown) -20 yds
- Waste yarn in contrasting color for thumb placement
- Larger needles: One set of five DPNs in US size 2 (2.75 mm) or size to obtain gauge
- Smaller needles: One set of five DPNs in US size 1 (2.25 mm) or one size smaller than larger needles
Notions: Tapestry needle to weave in ends and to graft mitten top
Gauge: 17 sts and 20 rounds = 2” in fruit pattern after blocking
- CO 64 stitches (16 sts per needle) using smaller needles (US 1). Join in the round making sure not to twist the stitches
- Rows 1-20: *k2 p2*. Repeat for the rest of the round.
- Switch to larger needles (US2).
- Knit chart rows 1-30, joining in colors as indicated by the chart. Catch floats greater than 5 sts.
- Row 30: Knit until the chart indicates waste yarn for thumb. (St 21 for left thumb, St 35 for right thumb). Knit 10 stitches in contrasting yarn (indic
ated by red or purple boxes depending on left or right hand). Slip the 10 contrasting stitches back onto the left needle and knit those stitches according to Chart A within the red or purple box. Continue knitting according to the colors and decreases indicated in Chart A.
Note: In rows 66, 67, 68 and 70 four colors are used in a single row for the watermelon. Rather than joining in the brown yarn and knitting the watermelon seeds in the round, the brown stitches indicated in the chart can be knit using the red yarn and the brown stitches can be added using duplicate stitch after the mittens are completed.
- After row 72 on Chart A is completed there should be 24 remaining stitches (6 per needle). Slip the stitches from Needle 1 onto Needle 2 (12 sts) a
nd then slip the stitches from Needle 3 onto Needle 4 (12 sts). Break the green yarn and break the MC yarn, leaving a long enough tail on the MC yarn to graft the remaining stitches together from the two needles. Using the MC tail, Kitchener stitch the remaining stitches to close the top of the mitten.
- Weave in ends
- Pick up 10 stitches above and below the stitches on the waste yar
n. Place the first 5 stitches of the 10 upper thumb stitches onto a needle (Needle 1) and the second 5 stitches of the upper thumb stitches onto a separate needle (Needle 2). Place the first 5 stitches of the lower thumb stitches onto a needle (Needle 4) and place the second 5 lower thumb stitches onto a needle (Needle 3). Pick up one stitch on the left side of the upper thumb stitches on needle 1 (6 st) and then pick up one stitch on the right side of the upper thumb stitches on needle 2 (6 st). Pick up one stitch on the left side of the lower thumb stitches on Needle 4 (6 st) and then pick up one stitch on the right side of the lower thumb stiches on Needle 3 (6 st). There will be a total of 24 thumb stitches.
- Knit in the round following Chart B for rows 1-22, joining in the contrasting color indicated in the chart.
- Rows 23: k2tog in MC (12 sts remaining)
- Row 24: k2tog in MC (6 sts remaining)
- Break off MC leaving a 4” end. Draw end through remaining seven stitches and fasten off. Weave in ends on wrong side of thumb.
- Weave in all ends
Chart A: Mitten Body
Chart B: Thumb