If you follow my personal account on Instagram (@skuyoga), you would have seen my 2 posts about the pixie mittens I created about a month ago. I wanted to share a little bit more about the process I used to create these.
Let me preface this little story with some pertinent information about me as a knitter:
1) I buy yarn on clearance from large chain stores such as Michaels, Joann Stores, and Hobby Lobby. And, this usually means the yarn is synthetic. Love me or hate me for any of it, but it is true. I am cheap and love a good deal.
2) Because I buy yarn on clearance, I find it difficult to find patterns for the yarn I buy. This is especially true for those that were discontinued and for the odd number of skeins I purchase based on what is available. I do tend to purchase needles regularly, though, for projects that do end up matching the yarn I have.
3) I am a lazy knitter. I don't swatch anything before I begin. I don't block anything at the end. This is why I end up with dog sweaters that are too long (I sewed up the edges and made a cute tutu skirt with the excess) and blankets that end up some weird size. But I love all of my projects anyway.
4) I am a perfectionist. The type of perfectionist that struggles with even starting projects for fear of failure.
To continue my little story:
One of my favorite things to do is create my own patterns. But, I've never been brave enough to share an ambitious project such as mittens. I only recently started knitting on double pointed needles (dpn) regularly, and the only complicated dpn project I ever completed was a pair of socks with a gusset (which I still don't have a firm grasp on). Other patterns that I have created (and have since lost or didn't write a pattern for) were headwarmers, beanies, blankets, cute monster dolls, and crutch covers (my favorite, by far); none of which were terribly complicated. I wish I had pictures of these crazy creations to show you!
But what I felt was terribly complicated was mittens. Because of the information stated above, I wasn't about to try out a knitting pattern for mittens where I didn't have the correct yarn or needles or skill level to make them (though, in hindsight, it may have been easier to actually swatch based on what I had than completely create a pattern from scratch). And, though I don't like to admit it, #4 stated above is part of the reason why I don't follow patterns often created by other people. But why I decided that I could conquer mittens on my own with #4 in mind is completely beyond me. Perhaps the counseling is working (a story for another day).
So how do you think I began? Like any crazy lady would trying to create mittens with random yarn and needles based on my hand size. I frogged until I found the right number of stitches for my wrist size in 2X2 rib stitch. I think it took me at least 5 tries. I knitted in rib until I felt that the "sleeve" of the mitten was long enough (or I got impatient and wanted to continue with the mitten). And then I just started knitting in stockinette based on my hand size. I increased and decreased where I thought I should. I researched how to make a thumb hole, because, as I said, gussets and I are not friends yet. I used the same decreasing technique you would use to finish a hat. And I added stitches to make a thumb and decreased when I thought I should to make a thumb-like thumb glove (what am I even saying?).
And the above picture is what they turned out to be. These are not blocked or anything. Imagine an average sized woman's hand with these kid-sized mittens on. The bottom of the rib hit the joint where my wrist and hand connect, and the thumb was too small. And the connection between the thumb and the rest of the mitten was off. And the BIGGEST problem: the mittens did not have a rounded top like all commercial/professional mittens have. They were POINTED. God forbid they were pointed and not look like a commercial mitten. So, hence, the pixie mitten name.
Unfortunately, I did not keep the pattern for these. These would have made adorable kid-sized mittens. With the one skein of yarn I had, I probably could have made 2 pairs! Instead, I frogged the pair and started over on draft two of the pixie mitten pattern, which is the pattern I have to share with you today!
This pattern is very near and dear to my heart because I seriously made this up from scratch without referencing another person's pattern AND they are super easy. No gusset. Semi-reversible, meaning they aren't "handed" (mittens can be worn on either hand). And pixie-like. And cute. And they can be made in one day of binge watching Netflix. And by no means perfect, but perfectly wearable and adorable for winter.
So, without further ado, the pattern for my adorable Pixie Mittens!
- 1 skein Vanna's Choice yarn in Honey
- Size 7 Double Pointed Needles
- Yarn Needle
- CO 24 stitches.
- Rows 1-12 rib stitch.
- Rows 13-17 K.
- Row 18 M1 K to end
- Row 19 K
- Row 20 M1, K to end of needle, M1 at beginning of next needle, K to end
- Row 21 K to end
- Row 22 M1 K to end
- Row 23 K, move stitches over so that all needles have same number of stitches on each of them.
- Row 24 Repeat Row 20
- Row 25 K
- Row 26 Repeat Row 20
- Row 27 K
- Move stitches over so that all needles have same number of stitches on each of them.
- (Thumb hole) Row 28 Slip 5 stitches, turn work, CO 6 stitches, slip beginning stitch
- Rows 29-36 K
- Row 37 K2, K2tog until end of needle, K2, K2tog on beginning of next needle, K to end
- Row 38 K
- Row 39 Repeat Row 37
- Rows 40-42 K
- Row 43 K2tog, K2tog, until end of needle, K2tog, K2tog on next needle, K to end
- Row 44 K
- Row 45 *K4, K2tog*
- Row 46-47 K
- Row 48 *K3, K2tog*
- Row 49-52 K
- Row 53 *K2, K2tog*
- Row 54 K
- Row 55 *K1, K2tog*
- Row 56 BO
- Pick up 10 stitches in thumb hole.
- Row 1-8 K
- Row 9-11 K2tog, K to last 2 stitches, K2tog
- Row 12 BO
- Weave in ends. Make other mitten.
Don't feel bad if you can't interpret parts of my pattern. I have a quirky way of writing knitting patterns. That's what the comments section is for! If you have questions about the pattern or need help, let me know! Happy knitting!