Attakai: a Japanese verb for warm.
What could be a better name for a little scarf and mitten set designed to do exactly that! Add in some cozy Alpaca yarn that will keep you insulated through those late winter chills. Alpaca is warmer than sheep’s wool, and it’s hypoallergenic and does not contain lanolin.
The mittens are knitted in the round from the bottom up with a shaped thumb gusset.
Attakai uses some fancy Japanese stitch patterns that are much easier than they look! Knit this sure-fire winner for yourself or as a gift.
Circumference , unstretched at the wrist 6 inches ( 15cm). At the base of the cuff 7 inches (18cm)
Elann.com Peruvian Baby Silk (discontinued) (fiber content; 80% Alpaca, 20% silk 109 yards [100meters]/250grams): Color Number 2010 raspberry (MC), 8 balls;
Suggested replacement 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Silk with 400 meters / 100 grams
Suggested replacement yarn: Floating by A Verb to Keep You Warm 70% Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere goat Or Alpaca Silk 4 ply by Artesano 70% Alpaca, 30% Silk
Mitts: Size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) dpns
removable markers; stitch holders and or waste yarn; tapestry needle for sewing in ends
18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
Please see our standard knitting abbreviations.
Wrap stitches: Bring yarn to front of work, slip the required number of stitches from the left to the right needle, bring the yarn around the stitches, between the needle to the back of the work, replace the slipped sts back onto the LH needle and knit them.
You can see the idea in this video, although we are not wrapping and turning, but simply wrapping and continuing along the round or row.
Mock cable st: Pick up the 3rd st from the end of the left needle and pass it over the two sts to the right of it, k1, yo, k1.
Knitting Instructions – Mitts
Using 2.5mm dpns needles cast on 60 sts.
Divide the sts as follows:
Needle 1: 12 sts
Needle 2: 24 sts
Needle 3: 12 sts
Needle 4: 12 sts
Place a st marker to mark the beginning of the round, working round in knit.
Using either the chart (above) or written instructions (below) work the cuff pattern 5 times around the circumference of the mitten. Work the chart twice in all.
Written version of the cuff chart
Rnd 1: P1, yo, wrap 4, p1, wrap 4, yo,
Rnd 2: (P1, k5) 2 times.
Rnd 3: P1, k1, yo, wrap 3, p1, wrap 3, yo, k1.
Rnd 4: (P1, k5) 2 times.
Rnd 5: P1, k2, yo, wrap 2, p1, wrap 2, yo, k2.
Rnd 6: (P1, k5) 2 times.
Rnd 7: P1, k3, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k3.
Rnd 8: P1, k3, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1, k3
Rnd 9: P1, k3, p1, mock cable st, p1, k3
Rnd 10: P1, k3, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1, k3
Rnd 11: P1, k3, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1, k3
Rnd 12: P1, k3, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1, k3
Rnd 13: P1, k3, p1, mock cable st, p1, k3
Rnd 14: P1, k3, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1, k3.
Then work the thumb gusset chart (above) or written (below).
Written version of the gusset chart
Rnd 1: M1, K1, M1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 2: K3, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 3: Same as round 2
Rnd 4: M1, k3, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 5: K5, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 6: Same as round 5
Rnd 7: M1, k5, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 8: K7, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 9: Same as round 8
Rnd 10: M1, K7, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 11: K9, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 12: Same as round 11
Rnd 13: M1, k9, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 14: k11, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 15: Same as round 14
Rnd 16: M1, k11, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 17: K13, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 18: Same as round 17
Rnd 19: M1, k13, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 20: K15, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 21: Same as round 21
Rnd 22: M1, k15, m1, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 23: K17, (p1, k3) to end
Rnd 24: Same as round 23
Work 10 rounds with the sts as set.
Place the gusset sts on to a stitch holder or waste yarn. Cast on 3 sts to bridge the gap across the thumb and work 20 rounds in 3 x 1 rib (the pattern as set) bind off all sts in pattern.
Place the thumb sts back onto 3 needles as follows
Needle 1: 7 sts
Needle 2: 7 sts
Needle 3: 4 sts
With needle 3 pick up and knit 3 sts across the base of the upper part of mitten.
Work 10 rounds in stockinette then bind off all sts
Wet block and pat into shape, leave to dry.
Sew in all ends.
About the Designer – Janine Le Cras
I learned to knit at my grandmother knee at the ages of about 7 and knitted right through school and up until my children got to an age where they refused to wear hand knits. I started knitting again seriously, about 8 years ago after a hiatus of about 10 years. Then I discovered the online knitting community. Knitting on a small island in the middle of the English Channel can be rather lonely.
Thanks to the Internet I have rediscovered my knitting mojo, learned to spin, acquired a stash ( both yarn and fibre) bought a wheel and started designing in earnest – not necessarily in that order.
Since then I have been fortunate enough to have designs accepted by several publishers.
I have designed for Magknits, Knotions, and Yarn Forward and have had patterns published in several books including Knitting in the Sun, The Joy of Sox, and Sock Club.
I enjoy a wonderful working relationship with the Girls at the Unique Sheep and have designed several things showcasing their yarns including our ongoing series of lace shawl Mystery KALs inspired by classic children’s books.
I also have many designs available on Ravelry, and also a few now available via KCDesigns, ready to knit in the Knit Companion app.