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Long Lovely Mittens

As the temperatures drop and the layers build up, wintertime apparel slowly claims our womanly physiques, sometimes making it a struggle to feel like a lady at all. A dash of red lipstick can do wonders, but the best way to fight off that down-coat-yeti look? Beautiful accessories! A soft cabled hat, a brilliantly colored wrap, or my answer this season, these Long Lovely Mittens.

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Reaching just shy of the elbow, the mere gesture required to slip on these mittens suggests a certain elegance. Purl Soho’s newest merino yarn, Line Weight, is perfect for this pared-down design. The stockinette fabric is incredibly soft to the touch, and it emits a gentle glow that is just right for winter’s harsh reality.

Pair these Long Lovely Mittens with anything. Even if they get buried under all those layers, having them on will definitely add an extra swing to your step. -Laura

PS: These require just one skein of Line Weight, a perfect holiday gift knit!

Materials

Gauge

8 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using smaller needles

Sizes

Small/Medium (Medium/Large)

  • Circumference around palm: 6 1/2 (7 1/2) inches, stretching to 7 1/4 (8 1/4) inches
  • Length from cuff to mitten top: 17 (17 3/4) with adjustments given in the pattern

Pattern

Begin with Rolled Cuff

With the larger needles, cast on 54 (62) stitches, distributing them onto three double pointed needles.

Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Knit one round.

Change to smaller needles; work in stockinette stitch, knitting each round, until piece measures 10 inches from rolled edge.

Shape Thumb Gusset

Round 1: K27 (31), place marker (pm), make 1 left (m1L), k1, make 1 right (m1R), pm, knit to end of round. [56 (64) stitches]

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: Knit to marker, slip marker, m1L, knit to next marker, m1R, slip marker, knit to end of round. (2 stitches increased)

Rounds 4 and 5: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 3-5 seven (eight) more times. [72 (82) stitches total; 19 (21) stitches between the markers]

Next Round: Knit to first marker, remove marker, slip next 19 (21) stitches onto a stitch holder or scrap yarn, remove next marker...

...then, with the wrong side facing you, cable cast on 3 stitches…

…now, with the right side facing you, join to left side of Thumb Gusset and continue to knit to the end of the round. [56 (64) stitches]

Knit Hand

Knit evenly until piece measures 3 3/4 (4) inches from the base of the thumb (where you cable cast on stitches) or until 3/4 (1) inch from desired finished length.

Shape Mitten Top

Set Up Round: K28 (32), pm, knit to end.

Round 1: *K1, k2tog, knit to two before next marker, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. (4 stitches decreased)

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1-2 zero (two) more times. [52 (52) stitches]

Repeat Round 1 two more times.  [44 (44) stitches]

Next Round: *K1, k2tog, k3, ssk, k7, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. [36 (36) stitches]

Next Round: Repeat Round 1. [32 (32) stitches]

Next Round: *K1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. [24 (24) stitches]

Next Round: *K1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. [16 (16) stitches]

Next Round: Repeat Round 1. [12 (12) stitches]

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

Finish Thumb

Slip the 19 (21) stitches that are on hold onto two double pointed needles.

Hold the mitten so that the gusset is on the left; join yarn leaving a 10-inch tail.

Knit 8 stitches from the front needle. With another double pointed needle, knit the remaining stitches from that front needle and then knit from the back needle until there are 8 stitches on the working needle. With yet another double pointed needle, knit the remaining stitches from that back needle and then pick up 3 stitches from the base of the thumb. [22 (24) stitches]

Place marker and join for working in the round.

Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 2 inches from the base of the thumb (where you picked up the 3 stitches) or until 1/8 inch from desired finished length.

For Small/Medium Size Only

Round 1: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. [15 (--) stitches]

Round 2: *K2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. [8 (--) stitches]

For Medium/Large Size Only

Round 1: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [-- (16) stitches]

Round 2: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [-- (8) stitches]

For All Sizes

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

Weave in the cast on tail and the tail at the top of the mitten and the top of the thumb. Then use the tail at the base of the thumb to carefully sew up the gap.

Make another identical mitten.

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22 Responses to Long Lovely Mittens


  1. Elegant and practical-a perfect blend! I hated the draft up the sleeves and this would eliminate that feeling! Great pattern!

  2. Barbara Dendy says:

    Love, love, love. Reminiscent of long, white evening gloves. But better.

    Just ordered some of the line weight yarn, and it is quickly growing on me. Am new to knitting, and this was my first experience with yarn of this type. In the beginning, it felt as though I was knitting with tooth picks and dental floss. However, the further I go, the better it gets. So soft.

    It is perfect for these mittens!

  3. Victoria S says:

    I definitively love these long mittens! :)

  4. Sophie says:

    I like how simple but yet elegant they look.

  5. Asja Knits says:

    I love them! It's a great pattern not only for knitting in hand but also for a knitting machine! great job! and thank you very much for this pattern!

  6. Rebeckah says:

    Do you have a way to make these gloves?

  7. Cynthia says:

    Lovely mittens. I plan to make. Is there a similar pattern for fingerless gloves using the same yarn?

    Thank you.

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Cynthia-

    Yes, we have a long handwarmer pattern in this same yarn here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/10/17/line-weight-colorblock-hand-warmers.html

    You could do it all in one color for a similar look.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Cynthia-

    Yes, we have a long handwarmer pattern in this same yarn here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/10/17/line-weight-colorblock-hand-warmers.html

    You could do it all in one color for a similar look.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  10. sharon says:

    how beautifil, thanks for sharing !! I am going to try this as soon as I finish my crochet socks :-)

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Rebeckah-

    The full pattern is posted above.

    Please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Molly

  12. Brittany says:

    I just love these mittens! They look so glamorous and luxurious, I can't wait to knit a pair for myself!! :)

  13. Marilyn says:

    Do you think Anzula "Cloud" could be used for these? I have some in my stash and I am looking for a project.

  14. Caitlin says:

    "With the larger needles, cast 54 (62) stitches onto three double pointed needles."
    This read to me at first as if i ought to be casting onto three double pointed needles held together, which is clearly not the case. It makes more sense to instruct to cast on with larger needles, then join in the round, distributing the stitches evenly over three DPNs, being careful not to twist.

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Caitlin,
    Thank you for writing in and sharing your experience with us and our readers about this pattern. I have re-worded the pattern above.
    Best,
    Laura

  16. purl bee says:

    Marilyn,
    Anzula's Could would be so very lovely for this pattern. It is going to feel a bit thinner while you're working it, but that 10% of cashmere should bloom beautifully, filling them out a bit. Let us know how they end up!
    Laura

  17. Kerist says:

    Do you think I could knit these up in the gorgeous Jade Sapphire 2 ply cashmere? Would I need to change needle size to get the same gauge?

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Kerist,
    Jade Sapphire's 2-Ply Cashmere will be a lovely substitution. US #2 needles might work, but I would definitely swatch first to make sure. Here is a link to swatching in the round… http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-working-rnd/2012/3/16/swatching-for-circular-gauge.html
    Thanks,
    Laura

  19. Elizabeth says:

    These are beautiful. Can you use circular needles instead of double-pointed needles? I've never worked with double-pointed needles and they seem pretty complicated.

    Thanks!

  20. purl bee says:

    Hi Elizabeth-

    You will need to use double points for this project but they aren't that hard! Here is an easy to follow tutorial!

    http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-working-rnd/2008/7/25/double-pointed-needles.html

    Thank you!

    Molly

  21. Es says:

    Is it possible to transfer this pattern into a smaller size for al little girl? Can you give me some advice? Thank you!

  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Es,
    Unfortunately right now we only have these mittens in adult sizes. I appreciate your request though and hopefully this fall / winter we will be able to resize these for kids.

    If they were worked at a larger gauge, I would suggest finding a smaller yarn and following the pattern as is. But since the are already in such a fine yarn, I don't have any quick fixes for modifying the pattern.

    Please stayed tuned and thank you again for the interest. We will try and get some kids mittens up on the blog soon!
    Laura

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