Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Perfect Leaves Convertible Mitts

Last August I got to visit Melbourne for the first time. I was staying with a friend and we'd arranged to go camping at the Cathedral Ranges for a few days. I knew it would be extra cold, so I wanted something to keep my fingers warm but also allow me some dexterity. I had seen other convertible mitt patterns, but they were all quite plain. And so these mitts were born!

For more pictures, see my Ravelry project page
You'll see the top/left mitt has a closed thumb and the bottom/right mitt has an open thumb

Equipment:
Yarn: 8ply. I used Cleckheaton Perfect Day with Chocolate for the main colour and Chocolate Natural Marl for the contrast.
Needles: 4mm. I prefer 1 long circular (60cm+) in the magic loop or 2 shorter circulars. DPNs can also be used.
Sizing: These were designed for me, but should fit most women with averaged sized hands. The cuff circumference measures approx 16cm but will stretch to about 26cm. From the base of the thumb to the top of the mitt measures 12cms (this would be from the base of your thumb to the top of your middle finger. If you would like to know any other measurements, please leave a comment.
Approx gauge: 23sts & 32 rows to 10cm in stockinette

Pattern:
I have written a chart for the lace section of the pattern to keep the written instructions as easy as possible. You can view/download the PDF here. If you have any troubles with with the chart, please leave your questions in the comments and I'll respond to you as soon as I can.
Abbreviations:
K2tog - knit two together
SSK - slip slip knit
YO - yarn over
BC - border colours
MC - main colour
PM - place marker
SM - slip marker
RM - remove marker

Tip
In the lace pattern, there is a part where you have to do a yarn over followed by a purl stitch. If you're new to lace, you might have found this a bit confusing - I know I did the first time! The trick is to wrap the yarn around the needle - bring yarn to front under the needle as you would for a regular YO, take it back over the top of the needle then bring to front under the needle - then work the purl stitch.

I made my mitts using the magic loop method, as I find this the easiest way of working in the round. Choose whichever method works best for you. 

Cast on 38 sts. Join in the round. The first 19 sts will form the back of the hand and the second 19sts the palm of the hand and the thumb.
Work 10 rows of K1P1 rib using BC.
Change to MC. 
The lace pattern is only worked on the first 19 sts

Errata: On row 39 for both left and right mitts, ALL of the stitches between the markers are held.

RIGHT MITT
Use Right Hand lace pattern
Rnd 11-14: Work rows 1-4 of lace pattern with first 19 sts, K remaining sts
Rnd 15: Work row 5 of lace pattern, PM, KFB x 2, PM, (this will become the thumb). K remaining sts
Rnd 16-19: Work rows 6-9 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 20: Work row 10 of lace pattern. SM, K1, yo, K2, yo, K1, SM, K remaining sts
Rnd 21-24: work rows 11-14 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 25: work row 15 of lace pattern, SM, K1, yo, K4, yo, K1, SM, K remaining sts
Rnd 26: work row 16 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 27-29: Work rows 1-3 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 30: Work row 4 of lace pattern, SM, K1, yo, K6, yo, K1, SM, K remaining sts
Rnd 31-34: work rows 5-8 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 35: work row 9 of lace pattern, SM, K1, yo, K8, yo, K1, SM, K remaining sts
Rnd 36-38: works row 10-12 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 39: work row 13 of lace pattern, RM, K1, hold 12sts (use scrap yarn, a stitch holder or large safety pin) K1, RM, using backwards loop method cast on 2 sts, K remaining sts. 


(the pictures show 4 cast on stitches, that was my error)

Rnd 40-42: Work rows 14-16 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 43: work row 1 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 44: work row 2 of lace pattern, thread some yarn through sts just worked (these will be picked up again later to work the top of the mitt), K remaining sts
Change to BC. Work 11 rounds of K1P1 rib. Cast off using a stretchy cast off

LEFT MITT
Use Left Hand lace pattern
Rnd 11-14: Work rows 1-4 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 15: Work row 5 of lace pattern, K17, PM, KFB x 2, PM, (this will become the thumb).
Rnd 16-19: Work rows 6-9 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 20: Work row 10 of lace pattern, K17, SM, K1, yo, K2, yo, K1, SM,
Rnd 21-24: work rows 11-14 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 25: work row 15 of lace pattern, K17, SM, K1, yo, K4, yo, K1, SM
Rnd 26: work row 16 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 27-29: Work rows 1-3 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 30: Work row 4 of lace pattern, K17, SM, K1, yo, K6, yo, K1, SM
Rnd 31-34: work rows 5-8 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 35: work row 9 of lace pattern, K17, SM, K1, yo, K8, yo, K1, SM
Rnd 36-38: works row 10-12 of lace pattern to first marker, K remaining sts
Rnd 39: work row 13 of lace pattern, K17, RM, K1, hold 12sts (use scrap yarn, a stitch holder or large safety pin) K1, RM, using backwards loop method cast on 2 sts
Rnd 40-42: Work rows 14-16 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 43: work row 1 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 44: work row 2 of lace pattern, thread some scrap yarn through sts just worked (these will be picked up again later to work the top of the mitt), K remaining sts
Rnd 45-55: Change to BC. Work 11 rounds of K1P1 rib. Cast off using a stretchy cast off

If you want regular fingerless mitts, skip the instructions for the top of the mitt and move straight to the thumb instructions.

TOP OF MITT
Remember there are two charts, one for left and one for right. Be sure to use the correct chart for each mitt!
Rnd 1: Using MC, Pick up 19sts that you put the yarn through in Rnd 44 of the mitt. Work row 3 of lace pattern. Using backward loop method, cast on 21sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. 
Rnd 2-6: Work rows 4 to 8 of lace pattern, K1P1 rib on remaining sts (starts and ends with K)
Rnd 7-14: Works rows 9 to 16 of lace pattern, K remaining sts
Rnd 15-22: Work rows 1 to 8 of lace pattern
Rnd 23: Work row 1 of decrease chart, SSK, K 17, K2tog
Rnd 24: Work row 2 of decrease chart, K remaining sts
Rnd 25 Work row 3 of decrease chart, SSK, K15, K2tog
Rnd 26: Work row 4 of decrease chart, K remaining sts
Rnd 27: Work row 5 of decrease chart, SSK, K13, K2tog
Rnd 28: Work row 6 of decrease chart, K remaining sts
Rnd 29: Work row 7 of decrease chart, SSK, K2, SSK, K3, K2tog, K2, K2tog
Rnd 30: Work row 8 of decrease chart,  K remaining sts
Rnd 31: Work row 9 of decrease chart, SSK, K9, K2tog
Rnd 32: Work row 10 or decrease chart, SSK, K7, K2tog
Bind off edges using kitchener stitch

THUMB:
This section is worked the same for both mitts.
Using BC, pick up 2 sts - one from cast on sts of row 39 of mitt pattern and one st from the side of a worked stitch, pick up held sts then pick up another 2 sts as before. (I tried to take pictures of this, but the yarn was too dark to be able to see anything useful. Leave a comment if you need more help)
For open thumbs: work 10 rounds of K1P1 rib (K all sts) and bind off using loose bind off method.
For covered thumbs: work 14 rounds of stockinette
Next row: (K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1) twice
Next row: K2tog to end
Break yarn, draw through stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends.

FINISHING:
Sew a button to the border between the ribbed cuff and body. Attach a loop of yarn at the top of the mitt big enough to go around the button. I used two strands twisted together.

Don't forget to link your projects with me on Ravelry so I can see how yours have turned out!


22 comments:

  1. Those look very pretty. Thanks for the pattern I love flip top mitts.

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  2. Enjoying this project, but I had a question on Row 39. Posted the question on Ravelry, but thought I'd mention it here in case you saw this first. Making these for a birthday gift for this weekend!!

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  3. these are so cute.
    i added them to the directory at www.knittingatplay.com

    You can find them in the recently added section and the mittens page!
    Megan

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  4. I must be very dense. I've come here twice and still cannot find the "Perfect Leaves" lace pattern. Not on the Web either. Not in Ravelry. So where can I find the lace pattern? Thank you Knuttyknitter941@verizon.net

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    1. In the first paragraph after the heading "Pattern", the second line says " You can view/download the PDF here". The word 'here' is hyperlinked to the lace pattern

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  5. Dear Penelope,

    I would like to make these mittens for my children could you please let me know the adjustments that I should make to the pattern for an 11 year old girl and an 8 year old...or should I just make them the same size?

    thank you,
    Daphne
    daphnerj@nyc.rr.com

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    1. Hi Daphne,
      It's hard to say without knowing the size of their hands. I think the easiest way to size these down would be to use a lighter yarn and smaller needles.
      The first step would be to work out the circumference of their hands. These mitts have a circumference of 38st, not including the thumb. So you'll need to use yarn & needles that give you the right gauge for the size you need. Because of the lace pattern and the fact that the decreases are in specific places (ie along the sides of the fingers, rather than evenly spaced) it would be tricky to reduce the overall number of stitches to fit.

      Let me know if you have any other questions or need more help :)

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  6. I cannot download the PDF of the leaves pattern. I tried it on my tablet and my computer. They both keep coming up blank. Can you help me? Sarah

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  7. I also had problems witha blank page despite having looked at this previously. Look through your history and access it that way, it worked for me.

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  8. This pattern is incomplete after the leaves are placed on scrap thread you talk about knitting in the round, where do the extra stitches come from? I was left with just a flap. This is quite frustrating I am goin to have to improvise. What a shame. Cute pattern but incomplete.

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    1. Hi,
      I think you are referring to the instructions in row 44? After working the lace pattern, scrap yarn is thread through those stitches, however they are kept "live" and you continue to work the ribbing on these stitches.
      This scrap yarn is in place to make it easier to pick up the stitches referred to in Rnd 1 of the Top of Mitt section of the pattern, where the "flip top" attaches to the mitt.

      Hopefully this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Pene

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  9. Thank you for the clarification. Unfortunately I will have to improvise on the first one I completed. I still say the information is sketchy. How can you put the nineteen on scrap yarn and continue working the stitches. Not to clear.

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    1. Hi Again,
      Putting the stitches on scrap yarn is like using a lifeline, but only for half of the work. I don't have any photos of how I did it, but I found this good blog post about it here: http://knittingyards.wordpress.com/lifelines-step-by-step/

      I hope that you are able to continue making these mitts and enjoy doing it!

      Pene

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    2. I have completed the mittens and have given the mittens to the recipient today.

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  10. Would it be possible to get a printed copy of this pattern?

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    1. Hi Elina,
      Unfortunately at this stage I don't offer printed patterns. I am looking at converting my patterns to PDF format so they are easier to print, but that will be quite some time away.

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  11. I'm a bit confused on row 15 when you start increasing for the thumb. You say to work Lace Pattern first, but is that all 19 stitches? I don't think it can be since then there are no more stitches to do the 2 KFB. Do I start the KFB before the 2 pulls? Thank you!! I'm making these for my daughter for Christmas.eeek

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  12. I'm a bit confused on row 15 when you start increasing for the thumb. You say to work Lace Pattern first, but is that all 19 stitches? I don't think it can be since then there are no more stitches to do the 2 KFB. Do I start the KFB before the 2 pulls? Thank you!! I'm making these for my daughter for Christmas.eeek

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  13. Okay, so then what do I do with stitches between the markers for rounds 6-9? There is no mention of slipping the marker during those rounds. When I K2tog,do I knit the stich before the marker with the stitch on the other side of the other marker?

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  14. Ugh, okay...you can just delete all these messages I've posted to your site. I'm sorry for being such a dork. The thumbs go on the palm side...not the lace side. Duh. :-( Sorry for message bombing your site. Yikes.

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