Project: February Mittens

I’ve set a goal to design and knit a pair of mittens every month in 2014. For February’s mittens, I want to make something a little lacy and romantic, BUT they still had to be warm. The answer was a beautiful, fuzzy silk alpaca yarn in the palest of pinks and a not-too-open lace pattern. These are not your “play in the snow” mittens, but rather your “look pretty even though it’s freezing out” mittens.
February Mittens
This is a great pattern if you haven’t had much experience knitting lace patterns as it is only a two row repeat. Plus, you are only doing simple knit 2 togethers and yarn overs to get the lace pattern.
2/5 February Mittens

February Mittens

This mittens are knit to fit a women’s medium.

Download a printable pdf of the February Mittens Pattern

Supplies:

  • Approximately 250 yards of dk or sport weight yarn (I used slightly less than 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Silk)
  • Four size 0 double-pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Skills Needed:

  • knit and purl in the round
  • work a yarn over
  • work basic increases and decreases: ssk, k2tog and kfb
  • work make one increases
  • kitchener stitch

Abbreviations:

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • Yo – yarn over
  • K2tog – knit 2 stitches together decreasing one stitch
  • M1r – Make one stitch right
  • M1l – Make one stitch left
  • Ssk – slip two stitches and then knit them together decreasing one stitch

Gauge: 18 stitches and 23 rows in 2 inches

Cast on 63 stitches with smaller needles. Divide stitches between three needles. Join to knit in the round, placing a stitch marker between the first and last stitch to mark rows.

Cuff:
February Mittens
Row 1: k
Row 2: *k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, repeat from * until end of row.
Row 3 – 34: Repeat rows 1 & 2 sixteen more times.

Row 35 – 36: k
Row 37 – 38: p
Row 39: k

Right Hand:

Row 40: k31, kfb, k30, place stitch marker, k1, kfb remove stitch marker (65 stitches)
Row 41: k10, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l k1, m1r, k32 (67) (You may want to put a stitch marker before the m1l and another after the m1r to keep track of where you so them on future rows.)
Row 42: k
Row 43: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k3, m1r, k32 (69)
Row 44: k
Row 45: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k5, m1r, k32 (71)
Row 46: k
Row 47: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k7, m1r, k32 (73)
Row 48: k
Row 49: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k9, m1r, k32 (75)
Row 50: k
Row 51: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k11, m1r, k32 (77)
Row 52: k
Row 53: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k13, m1r, k32 (79)
Row 54: k
Row 55: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, m1l, k15, m1r, k32 (81)
Row 56: k
Row 57: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k61
Row 58: k32, m1l, k17, m1r, k32
Row 59: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k63
Row 60: k
Row 61: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2 , yo, k12, m1l, k19, m1r, k32
Row 62: k
Row 63: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k65
Row 64: k32, m1l, k21, m1r, k32
Row 65: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k67
Row 66: k
Row 67: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k 12, m1l, k23, m1r, k32
Row 68: k
Row 69: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k69
Row 70: k32, m1l, k25, m1r, k32
Row 71: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k71
Row 72: k
Row 73: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k71
Row 74: k
Row 75: k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12, put the 27 thumb stitches on a pieces of scrap yarn or stitch holder, k 32 (If you used stitch markers to mark the thumb stitches, remove them now.)
Row 76: k
Row 77 : k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k44
Repeat rows 76 and 77 until mitten reaches top of your little finger. For me that was 13 more times, which made the hand length of my mitten 5 ½ inches.
Do one more k round.

Shape Top:

Row 1: ssk, k10, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k10, k2tog, ssk, k28, k2tog (60 stitches)
Row 2: k
Row 3: ssk, k9, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k9, k2tog, ssk, k26, k2tog (56 stitches)
Row 4: k
Row 5: ssk, k8, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k8, k2tog, ssk, k24, k2tog (52 stitches)
Row 6: k
Row 7: ssk, k7, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k7, k2tog, ssk, k22, k2tog (48 stitches)
Row 8: k
Row 9: ssk, k6, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k6, k2tog, ssk, k20, k2tog (44 stitches)
Row 10: k
Row 11: ssk, k5, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, k2tog, ssk, k18, k2tog (40 stitches)
Row 12: k
Row 13: ssk, k4, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k4, k2tog, ssk, k16, k2tog (36 stitches)
Row 14: k
Row 15: ssk, k3, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, k2tog, ssk, k14, k2tog (32 stitches)
Row 16: k
Row 17: ssk, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2 yo, k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk, k8, k2tog, k2tog (24 stitches)
Row 18: ssk, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2tog (16 stitches)
Row 19: k
Place the first eight stitches on one needle and the second eight on another.
Bind off with the kitchener stitch.

Left Hand:

Row 40: k31, kfb, k32, remove stitch marker, k2, place stitch marker (65 stitches)
Row 41: k32, m1l, k1, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (67) (You may want to put a stitch marker before the m1l and another after the m1r to keep track of where you so them on future rows.)
Row 42: k
Row 43: k32, m1l, k3, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (69)
Row 44: k
Row 45: k32, m1l, k5, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (71)
Row 46: k
Row 47: k32, m1l, k7, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (73)
Row 48: k
Row 489: k32, m1l, k9, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (75)
Row 50: k
Row 51: k32, m1l, k11, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (77)
Row 52: k
Row 53: k32, m1l, k13, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (79)
Row 54: k
Row 55: k32, m1l, k15, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (81)
Row 56: k
Row 57: k61, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 58: k32, m1l, k17, m1r, k32
Row 59: k63, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 60: k
Row 61: k32, m1l, k19, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 62: k
Row 63: k65, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 64: k32, m1l, k21, m1r, k32
Row 65: k67, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 66: k
Row 67: k32, m1l, k23, m1r, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k 12
Row 68: k
Row 69: k69, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 70: k32, m1l, k25, m1r, k32
Row 71: k71, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 72: k
Row 73: k71, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Row 74: k
Row 75: k 32, put the 27 thumb stitches on a pieces of scrap yarn or stitch holder, k12, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12 (If you used stitch markers to mark the thumb stitches, remove them now.)
Row 76: k
Row 77: k44, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k12
Repeat rows 76 and 77 until mitten reaches top of your little finger. For me that was 13 more times, which made the hand length of my mitten 5 ½ inches.
Do one more k round

Shape Top:

Row 1: ssk, k28, k2tog, ssk, k10, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k10, k2tog,(60 stitches)
Row 2: k
Row 3: ssk, k26, k2tog, ssk, k9, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k9, k2tog (56 stitches)
Row 4: k
Row 5: ssk, k24, k2tog, ssk, k8, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k8, k2tog (52 stitches)
Row 6: k
Row 7: ssk, k22, k2tog, ssk, k7, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k7, k2tog (48 stitches)
Row 8: k
Row 9: ssk, k20, k2tog, ssk, k6, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k6, k2tog (44 stitches)
Row 10: k
Row 11: ssk, k18, k2tog, ssk, k5, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, k2tog (40 stitches)
Row 12: k
Row 13: ssk, k16, k2tog, ssk, k4, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k4, k2tog (36 stitches)
Row 14: k
Row 15: ssk, k14, k2tog, ssk, k3, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, k2tog (32 stitches)
Row 16: k
Row 17: ssk, ssk, k8, k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2 yo, k2tog, k2tog (24 stitches)
Row 18: ssk, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2tog (16 stitches)
Row 19: k
Place the first eight stitches on one needle and the second eight on another.
Bind off with the kitchener stitch.

Thumbs:

Put the 27 thumb stitches on 3 needles, 9 per needle.
Pick up and knit 2 stitches from the hand of the mitten. Place stitch marker after those two stitches. 29 stitches on the needles.

Row 1: knit 27, k2tog (28 stitches)
Row 2: k2tog, k26 (27 stitches)
Row 3: k
Continue knitting until thumb reaches mid thumbnail, about 1 ¼” – 1 ½”.

Shape top of thumb:
Row 1: (k7, k2tog)3x
Row 2: k
Row 3: (k6, k2tog)3x
Row 4: k
Row 5: (k5, k2tog)3x
Row 6: k
Row 7: (k4, k2tog)3x
Row 8: (k3, k2tog)3x
Row 9: (k2, k2tog)3x
Row 10: (k1, k2tog) 3x

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February Mittens

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11 Comments to Project: February Mittens
    • Manisha
    • “look pretty even though it’s freezing out” mittens. This is so appealing to me right now. Clothing has been so limited right now with the deep cold. It’s these superficial things I need to lift my spirits. Your mittens are gorgeous and perfect for a Valentine’s date night!

      • Kat
      • Kathee – That alpaca silk is pretty warm. I wouldn’t wear them for all day outside, but to get to & from dinner out, yes.

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