This cozy hat and mitts set will be perfect for spring walks and autumn days. The alpaca and wool blend yarn is lovely and soft, and the colorwork provides a double layer for extra warmth. Both hat and mitts have a stranded motif of pawprints, easy enough for a first colorwork project. They are worked in the round, so no need for sewing up afterwards. The hat and mitts come in three sizes and are quick to make, ideal for gift knitting.
The mitts are not sized with any negative ease, so they will be comfortable for the wearer.
Child 6.5” (16.5cm) circumference
Adult 7.5” (19cm) circumference
Large Adult 8.5-9” (21.5-23cm) circumference
Drops Flora (65% wool, 35% alpaca; 230 yards [210 meters]/50 grams): 05 Dark Grey (MC), 1 (1, 2) balls; 07 Beige (CC), 1 (1, 1) balls
Size US 2 (2.75mm) and size US 3 (3.25mm): dpns and 24” circular
Stitch marker; tapestry needle.
30 sts and 36 rows = 4” [10 cm] over pattern.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
The mitts are worked in the round.
Using MC and 2.75mm (US 2) dpns, CO 48 (56, 68) sts and join to work in the rnd.
Work 20 rnds of k2 p2 rib, starting with k2 (the length can be adjusted to create a longer or shorter cuff).
Change to 3.25mm (US 3) dpns and work 1 rnd in st st, inc 2 (4, 2) sts evenly across the rnd; 50 (60, 70) sts.
Begin working from chart, reading right to left, and continue until you are ready to work the final rnd of the 4th complete pattern (you will have worked 27 rnds).
Work thumbholes (rnd 28)
Continue patterning while working the thumbholes.
K14 (19, 22), BO 8 (8, 10) sts, k to end.
Next rnd – K14 (19, 22), CO 8 (8, 10) sts in patt, K to end.
K28 (33, 38), BO 8 (8, 10) sts, k to end.
Next rnd – K28 (33, 38), CO 8 (8, 10) sts in patt, K to end.
Continue working from chart until you have worked 6 (7, 8) complete patts in total from end of ribbing, or 42 (49, 56) rnds.
Work 1 rnd st st, dec 2 (4, 2) sts evenly across the rnd; 48 (56, 68) sts.
Change to 2.75mm (US 2) needles and work 6 (6, 8) rnds of k2 p2 rib, starting with a k2.
BO in rib.
Using 3.25mm (US 3) needles and MC, pick up and k 20 (20, 24) sts around thumbhole and join to work in the rnd.
Note: You’re picking up more sts than the amount you bound off. This is to account for the anatomy of the thumb while retaining the colorwork patterning.
Work 6 (6, 8) rnds of k2 p2 rib, starting with a k2.
BO in rib.
Sew in yarn ends.
About the Designer: Torya Winters
Torya is an actor turned student midwife who knits furiously through all coffee breaks! She has previously designed for Knit Picks IDP, and sells her patterns through Ravelry and Love Knitting, as well as being published in the UK magazine Knit Now. In her spare time, she tests and sample knits for other designers.