My friend Daria recently celebrated a birthday and asked me to make her some new handwarmers with a “crazy cat” on them as a gift. I think my cat came out a little more mad than crazy, but I still think they are very Dar! They feature a cat face on the front and a paw on the back. (The paws are a tribute to the paw print tattoos Daria has.) The cuff and top band are a simple cable ribbing.
For these handwarmers, the thumbhole is made in the peasant style, meaning it has no gore or added stitches for the thumb. It is a simple method that allows you to put the thumb a little more naturally where it is on your hand than a side gore. Here is a little tutorial on how to do it…
1. Knit to where you want your thumbhole. Knit the stitches for the thumb hole with a piece of scrap yarn. Using a yarn that contrasts from the working yarn is really helpful.
2. Move those thumbhole back to the left needle. Now, knit them again with your working yarn. Then continue knitting the rest of the mitten or handwarmer.
3. When you have finished the mitten or handwarmer. Carefully remove the scrap yarn at the thumbhole picking up the stitches from above and below the scrap yarn. You want to put the top and bottom stitches on separate needles.
4. Once you have removed all the scrap yarn, you are ready to knit your thumb. Typically, one or two stitches are picked up on either side of the thumb from the body of the mitten.
One last tip for colorworked mittens – When you are knitting with the scrap yarn do not twist your floats. Go ahead and twist them when you knit those stitches with your working yarn.
Dar’s Mad Kat Handwarmers
These handwarmers are woman’s size 8. You can change the size by adjusting the gauge.
Download the Mad Cat Handwarmers Chart and Mad Cat Handwarmers Pattern
I do the design by stranding my yarns. I twist the yarns every 3 stitches so there are no long floats.
It makes the body of the handwarmer a little thicker. If you don’t want to do so much carrying of yarn, you can do the designs in duplicate stitch
- 2 balls Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (you need about 145 m or 159 yd)
- 1 ball Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour
- Four size 1 double-pointed needles (2 1/4 mm)
- 1 cable needle or spare double pointed needle
- 1 stitch marker
- Scrap piece of yarn in a different color
- Tapestry needle
Gauge: 8 stitches and 11 rows per inch
- k – knit
- p – purl
- c2b – Slip 1 stitch purlwise to a cable or spare needle and hold to the back of the work. Knit 1 stitch from the left needle. Knit 1 stitch from the cable needle. (also known as c2b)
Cast on 64 stitches. Divide by putting 22 on two needles and 20 on one. Join in the round being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker between first and last stitch to mark rows.
Row 1 – 2: k2, p2 until the end of the row
Row 3: c1b, p2 until end of row
Row 4 – 6: k2, p2 until end of row
Repeat rows 3 – 6 six more times or until cuff is desired length.
Row 1 -12: k
Row 13 – 23: k while working chart (download the chart above)
Row 24 (Right hand): k3, k next 11 stitched with scrap yarn, move those 11 stitches back to the left needle, k the rest of the row with working yarn.
Row 24 (Left Hand): k18, k next 11 stitched with scrap yarn, move those 11 stitches back to the left needle, k the rest of the row with working yarn.
Row 25 – 45: k while working chart
Row 46 – 48: k2, p2 until end of row
Row 49: c1b, p2 until end of row
Row 50 – 51: k2, p2 until end of row
Carefully remove scrap yarn putting the stitches on two needles as you go. You will have 12 stitches on top and 11 on the bottom. Divide between 3 needles
Row 1: Pick up and knit one stitch from between the top and bottom stitches, knit the stitches from the bottom, pick up and knit one stitch from between the bottom and top stitches, knit the stitches from the top needle. Place stitch marker.
Row 2: k
Row 3: bind off
This pattern has not been test knit. If you find any problems with it please let us know.
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