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Thursday
Nov072013

Laura's Loop: 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.

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!

 

The Materials

The Pattern

Gauge

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

Sizes

Small/Medium (Medium/Large)

Finished Dimensions

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

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.

Reader Comments (20)

Elegant and practical-a perfect blend! I hated the draft up the sleeves and this would eliminate that feeling! Great pattern!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDelightedHands
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!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Dendy
I definitively love these long mittens! :)
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria S
I like how simple but yet elegant they look.
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
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!
November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsja Knits
Do you have a way to make these gloves?
November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebeckah
Lovely mittens. I plan to make. Is there a similar pattern for fingerless gloves using the same yarn?

Thank you.
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
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
November 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
November 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
how beautifil, thanks for sharing !! I am going to try this as soon as I finish my crochet socks :-)
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersharon
Hi Rebeckah-

The full pattern is posted above.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!

Molly
November 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just love these mittens! They look so glamorous and luxurious, I can't wait to knit a pair for myself!! :)
November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
Do you think Anzula "Cloud" could be used for these? I have some in my stash and I am looking for a project.
November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn
"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.
November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin
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
November 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
November 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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?
December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKerist
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
December 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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!
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
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
February 13, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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