Monday, May 08, 2006

G is for Grandma's Mitten Pattern

This is my grandmother's pattern for the mittens she used to knit for my mom and her siblings. She didn't need a pattern to knit mittens and only wrote her made up pattern down when my mom asked her for it. I never knew her, but having her pattern makes me feel like we weren't complete strangers.
(My mom tells me that my grandmother and I would've gotten along like a house on fire and that I look exactly like her when she was my age.)

Mitten Pattern
Make 2 mittens.

-Fingering Weight Wool (She didn't specify a yarn, but after a little figuring, I found out that she most likely used fingering wt. If you don't have any fingering wt. in your stash, you could use a light DK or a sock wt. yarn instead. Try using Mountain Colors Bearfoot)
-Use a smaller needle for the cuff - US 2 (2.50 mm) and a larger needle for the hand and thumb - US 3 (3.00 mm)
- stitch marker
- tapestry needle

Small (Medium, Large)
CO 36 (38, 40) sts

Pm for beginning of round.

Work around in K1, P1 ribbing for 3 (3, 3 1/2") or longer if desired.Work 5 rnds. Start shaping thumb.
Rnd 1: P1, inc 1, K1, inc 1, P1, k rem sts.
Rnds 2 & 3: P1, K5, P1, K rem sts.
Rnd 4: P1, inc 1, K3, inc 1, P1, K rem sts.
Rnds 5 & 6: P1, K7, P1, K rem sts.
Rnds 7 & 8: P1, inc 1, K8, inc 1, P1, K rem sts.
Con't increasing 2 sts in thumb every 3rd round until there are 11 (13, 15) sts.

Next rnd: Sl thumb sts to holder to be worked later. CO 5 sts to bridge gap -- 38 (40, 42) sts.

Work St st. for 3 1/2" or longer for hand.

Decrease rows:

Rnd 1: K3, K2tog around.
Rnd 2: K around.Decrease until 13 sts rem.

Knit in St st. to fingernail.
Rnd 1: K2 tog, K rem sts.
Rnd 2: K around.
Rnd 3: K2 tog around.

9 sts rem.

Cut yarn, pull tail through rem. sts, weave in ends.


Rain said...

Thanks for the pattern.

I'm like that with my Nanna, I never knew her but feel close to her because I still have and use a lot of her knitting needles and patterns. My Mum always says that were she still alive she'd never see either of us as we'd be holed up somewhere together making something.

It's nice to feel a link is there.

allisonmariecat said...

Thank you for sharing the pattern!

How cool that you come by knitting in a hereditary way. I'm the only knitter in my family that I know of, but my grandmother crochets.

When do we get picovoli photos? *jumps up and down impatiently*

snowdrop said...

It's nice to have those things... I used to sit and knit with my grannie, it was good... She didn't have many needles or accessories, and everything she did was at that point from memory and maybe a little improvised, so I don't have much except memories, tho I do have a few pairs of her socks!.. It's lovely for yo to have a pattern!

Tricotine said...

Thank you for sharing the pattern! What a wonderful gift from your GrandMa! :)

Isabelle aka Tricotine