Just in time for Valentine's Day . . .
Pattern: Engagement Mitts [Ravelry]
Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark: Passion Heather (MC), 1 ball; Poppy (CC), 1 ball. (the original pair was School Products Cashmere)
Needles: US 3 & US4 DPNs
Gauge: 5 1/2 st. / 1"
Sizing: Women's XS. To size up, use a worsted weight yarn and larger needles.
CAVEAT! This pattern may not be perfect, as it was not especially well-edited. Email me if you have questions or find any mistakes, and I will update this post!
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Arm and wrist
On smaller needles, CO 36 st. with MC. Divide evenly among three needles. Join. (K2, P2), repeat to end of round, PM. Continue in K2, P2 ribbing for about 1".
Switch to larger needles. Join CC. Knit one round even. At beginning of next round, pick up the stitch below the first stitch and knit it together with the first stitch. This technique is called a jogless join, and it will yield continuous stripes. Repeat this on the second round for each stripe, every time you switch colors.
After these two rows, switch back to MC and K two rows even, continuing to use jogless join.
Row 5 (decrease row): K1, K2og, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, ssk, K1.
Rows 6-8: knit, continuing with stripes.
Repeat these four rows 5 more times (24 st.). If you have larger wrists, leave out one or two of the decrease rows, substituting even knit rows.
Knit 10 rows even.
Row 1: K around to last 4 stitches. P1, kfb, m1, K1, P1.
Rows 2-3: knit even.
You will continue increasing between the purl stitches.
Row 4: K to first purl stitch. P1, kfb, knit to 2 stitches before the final purl stitch, kfb, k1, P1.
Rows 5-6: knit even.
Repeat this sequence 4 more times, until you have 12 stitches between the purl stitches.
Next row: Knit to first purl stitch, P1, place 12 stitches on waste yarn. Cast on 6 stitches using backward loop method. P1. (28 st.)
Knit even in stripe pattern until the top of the mitt reaches just below your knuckles when you try it on. For me, this was 9 more rows. End with a row of CC.
Switch to smaller needles. With MC, (K2, P2) around. Continue in ribbing for about 3/4". Bind off in ribbing.
Place thumb stitches on 2 DPNs. With a third DPN, pick up 6 stitches between thumb and hand that you cast on after placing thumb stitches on waste yarn. Continuing in stripe pattern, an starting in the middle of the thumb stitches (see diagram), knit until 1 stitch remains on DPN. Knit this stitch together with the first picked up stitch on the next needle to prevent a hole from forming. K4 picked up stitches. K the last picked up stitch together with the next thumb stitch. K to end.
Continue knitting in stripe pattern for 9 more rows (ending with a CC row). Switch to smaller needles, and (K2, P2) around. Continue in ribbing for about 3/4". Bind off in ribbing. Weave in all ends.
Mitt 2: Repeat as written EXCEPT work thumb gusset on FIRST four stitches of the round rather than the last four.
Wear your mitts, and act all nonchalant, waiting for something awesome to happen!(*)(**)
(*) I make no guarantees concerning the nature of the expected awesomeness. Someone might stick a ring on your finger, or maybe you'll get to scritch a little puppy behind the ears, get a compliment on your knitting, or just have a kickass day
(**) Yes, we are, since a little while ago :-) I was wearing an old, unblogged cashmere version of these mitts when Chris asked. It was a total surprise, but the handwear was mighty convenient!