The leaves are falling, the air is chilly and crisp…and that means it’s knitting season again, which further means I am neck deep in the woolly goodness.
It’s also the perfect time of year for mitts. Or armwarmers, or wristwarmers, or fingerless gloves, or whatever you want to call them. It’s not quite cold enough to need full gloves, but it’s definitely brisk, and you want to block the cold from creeping up your sleeves.
My Walden’s Wood Mitts, in a dusky blue color are the perfect thing to wear while creeping around in the woods being contemplative and taking pictures and stuff. And trying not to fall off the brittle tree roots jutting out over the stream that one is precariously perched on while a 4-year-old pokes you in the back with a stick.
Or reading, or holding a steamy mug of hot chocolate, or waiting for that damned bus, or freezing your ass off at work. Multipurpose, these mitts are. Enjoy, and if you make them, send us a photo!
Walden’s Wood Mitts
Last winter I knitted everyone Christmas presents. For my sister, I made the Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers featured in Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation (these are a heavily altered version inspired those mitts). Which she has since lost one of on the train, but luckily there is enough yarn left over from this pattern to make an extra mitt.
The yarn used in the pattern is Noro Kureyon, which comes in the most beautiful watercolor colorways I have ever seen. When I first touched it, I was surprised to find that it was a super natural (aka scratchy) wool. But hey, that’s what the pattern called for, so I bought it anyway. As it turns out, it knits up incredibly warm and snuggly, and soft enough for your hands and wrists (but not for laying against sensitive skin, like a hat or a scarf would).
What I’m saying is, this pattern is all about the yarn texture and colors. Go with the Noro. It feels like petting a sheep when you wear them.
Picking it Apart
In the Picking it Apart section, I like to add notes about any tricky areas of the pattern, or additional information about the project itself.
The Walden’s Wood Mitts are pretty straightforward, so there are no pattern notes this time, but if questions come up in the comments, I will add the answers here.
Need to Know
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″
Size: 9 inches long, 6 inch circumference
Materials: Noro Kureyon (100% wool; 50g/110 yds), 2 skeins #284 (or any color you like)
US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (set of 4)
CO 32 sts.
Divide sts evenly among 3 dpns with 11 sts on the 1st and 3rd needles, and 10 sts on 2nd.
Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches, k3, p1 8 times to complete the first row. Repeat for a total of 8 rows.
Row 9: Work in 1×1 rib, beginning with p1, until end of row.
Row 10: Work in 1×1 rib, beginning with k1, until end of row.
Row 11: Repeat row 9
Knit 26 rows in stockinette stitch.
Begin thumb gusset on 3rd needle
Round 38: Knit 1st and 2nd needles, then on 3rd needle k3, pm, m1, pm, k8. 12 sts
Round 39: Knit 1st and 2nd needles, then on 3rd needle k3, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, k8. 14 sts
Round 40: Knit 1st and 2nd needles, then on 3rd needle k3, pm, kbf, k3, kbf, pm, k8. 16 sts
Continue to work gusset by knitting into the back and front of the first and last sts between the markers on each round until you have 13 sts between the markers, for a total of 24 sts on the 3rd needle, and until you have reached 44 total rows.
Place gusset sts on holder.
Continue in the round, working in stockinette stitch for three more rows.
Repeat rows 9 – 11.
Repeat beginning 3 x 1 rib, beginning with k3, p1, for 11 rows, or a total of 65 rows.
Divide holder sts between 3 dpns.
Join new yarn and knit first and last gusset sts together.
Work in stockinette stitch for 2 rounds, then in 2 x 2 rib for 3 rounds.
BO, leaving a 6 inch tail.
Weave in ends using the tail from the thumb gusset bind off to seam the hole between the thumb gusset and the palm.
I hope you love them as much as I do, because I wear mine everywhere. I’m wearing them as I type this. Perhaps they could be one of your projects for Selfish Knitting New Year!
Would you like a nice, neat, printable version of this pattern? You can find it and others in my Etsy shop!