Hunter's mittens

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  1. katydidagain

    katydidagain Adventuress--Definition 2 Supporter

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    It's getting colder and outside chores must be done. Last winter I made him a pair of regular mittens which he uses but he asked if I could make some with a thumb and finger available. I doubted it but went searching. Aha! Hunter's or Shooter's mittens; this is not a novel concept. I've found 3 free patterns but am not really happy with any of them but, if needed, will use one.

    I want simple and quick. (I can do 4 DP needles but don't want to confuse my poor dyslexic brain with 2 concurrent balls of yarn.) This is the picture of what I want to make http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuperkullu/2086761179/ but can't find a pattern for them specifically. (The fit looks so good!)

    Any similar free patterns? If not, any hints on fitting?
     
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    Do you have a ravelry account? There are a lot of free patterns there. I made these to fit DH from a free pattern on ravelry but modified it some. I did the fitting as I went and wrote down what I did to work the second glove.

    It would be easy to modify a glove pattern by working the thumb the same as in the pattern, the index finger the same but work all of the rest of the fingers around like a mitten, then decrease and finish off. I did find a pattern on ravelry and will try to post the link:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/texting-gaming-gloves It would be easy to modify the pattern so the top is closed in. If you would like I could try to explain but if you see the picture you could probably figure it out.

    ETA: you need a rav account to see it--sorry!
     

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    Thank you for the hints and the link. I'd seen that one but dismissed it; maybe I shouldn't have. The one closest to what I want is http://www.p2designs.com/pdfs/MittShooters.pdf. The problem I have with it is using #4s throughout; I started it and think the cuffs are too loose. Guess I'll drag out my #2s for them.
     
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    It should be easy to close up the thumb and then work the mitten part instead--just work rounds until it is time to decrease. It may help to find a mitten pattern to give you an idea how to work the decreases at the top. Also, have you tried knitting in the round with 2 circular needles? I started using circs and it makes life so much easier! I don't have to wrestle the little needles and can put my work down without losing stitches.
     
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    I only knit occasionally and usually do afghans and such so buying more needles isn't practical; I already have just about every size in both dpn and regular. Besides it's only those 1st 6 to 8 rows I hate and then I'm fine. I've discovered that hats are much easier, sweaters not that bad and afghans rock!
     
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    These are now being called "texting" gloves or mittens. There are patterns everywhere for them online and in magazines, plus premade are available at major stores. The teens love them.
     
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    Hi Katydidagain,

    Hope it's not too late, but here's a pattern my Mother used. I've just made a pair using Chunky wool and my friend is VERY pleased with them!

    Divided Mitts

    2 (2oz) balls double knitting
    2 #10 needles

    Right Mitt:
    Cast on 48 sts.
    1st K2 *P1K1 to end of row.
    Repeat from * for 3½ in. of ribbing.

    To make thumb gusset: Right mitt(Left Mitt)
    1st K25(K19), inc 1 st. in next st. K1, inc 1 st. in next st. Knit to the end of the row.
    2nd Purl
    3rd Knit
    4th Purl
    5th K25(K19), inc 1 st. in next st. K3, inc 1 st. in next st. Knit to the end of the row.
    6th Purl
    7th Knit
    8th Purl
    9th K25(K19), inc 1 st. in next st. K5, inc 1 st. in next st. Knit to the end of the row.

    Continue increasing with 2 additional stitches between increasings for thumb gusset every 4th row to 60 stitches.
    Purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    To make thumb:
    K40(K34), Turn, Cast on 1 st. P15 which includes the cast-on stitch. Turn. Cast on 1 st. and knit to the end of the row.
    Working on these 16 stitches for full thumb, continue even in stocking stitch for 2 ½ in. or desired length, ending with a purl row.
    Next row: (K2 tog.) 8 times. Break wool. Thread end through remaining stitches. Draw up and fasten securely. Sew up thumb seam.

    To make remainder of both Right and Left Mitts:
    With right side of work facing, join wool to last st. on right hand needle. Pick up and knit 2 st. at base of thumb. Knit across the sts. on left hand needle. (48 sts. on needle). Beginning with purl row, work 13 rows even in stocking stitch ending with a purl row.

    To make 1st finger:
    K31. Turn. Cast on 1 st. P15. Turn. Cast on 1 st. working on these 16 stitches for full finger continue even in stocking stitch for 3 inches ending with purl row.
    Next row: (K2 tog.) 8 times. Break wool. Thread end through remaining stitches. Draw up and fasten securely. Sew up the finger seam.

    To make mitt section:
    With right side of work facing, join wool to last stitch on right hand needle. Pick up and knit 2 st. at base of the 1st finger. Knit across the stitches on the left hand needle. (36 sts. on needle).
    Beginning with purl row, work 2 ins. Even in stocking stitch ending with a purl row.

    To shape top:
    1st K1. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts. S1, K1, p.s.s.o., K1
    2nd Purl
    Repeat these 2 rows to 24 sts. on needle, ending with purl row.
    Next row: K1 (K2 tog) 11 times. K1.
    Cast off firmly purlways.
    Sew top & side seams.

    Make left mitt following all directions with changes noted in thumb gusset.
     
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    Not too late at all! I got stymied on that one pattern and ended up, by following her directions but using #2 needles, with a thumb that would fit a giant! I was so disgusted that I've been glaring at it all (and grumbling) for several days whilst considering ripping the thumb out and leaving a very long but unusable piece of yarn or ripping back to my original 48 stitch ribbing (I edited for a man and increased 8 after which was more than necessary I believe) and trying again. 48 stitches on #10s sound huge! 2s are what I want to use; 48 on them fit a medium man's hand; 56 makes them swim. In acrylic. (Okay, beat me up; I've had moth problems!)

    Thank you for the directions! I've saved this thread with your input to ponder. If I ever come up with "mittens", I will do my best to post a picture.
     
  11. lefox

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    I'm not sure what pattern you were referring to when you talked about a huge thumb.... :shrug: ??

    The pattern that I submitted starts with the wrist band area (48 stitches goes around the wrist and the whole hand) and moves down the hand to a thumb gusset, then you make the thumb (you do this on 16 stitches...note the instruction to turn), sew up the thumb, continue on down a bit, then make the index finger (again about 16 stitches), sew it up, and then finish the mitt.....

    Hope this helps - they're very quick to make....

    Oh - and the needle size should just be based on the yarn that you choose....I'm in Canada so the numbering system is different - of course!
     
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