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Faux-isle Baby Mitts

This is a pattern for my Faux-isle Baby Mitts. I made up the pattern while making baby gifts for Michelle and I really like it so I decided to write it up.

Here are the mitts:

I am calling them Faux-isle because I used Bernat Baby Jacquard yarn to make them, which makes its own fair-isle pattern. :) Of course you can make them striped or solid or whatever you like.

These are fairly forgiving in size. I don't have a small baby to try them on, but I think they should be newborn to about 6 month size, if not a little bigger. There's a lot of stretch in the cuff, and the body of the mitten is roomy since I think little hands should be able to stretch and flex and move.

Gauge: 5 1/2 stitches to the inch in stockinette in the round.

Supplies: DK weight yarn, like Bernat Baby Jacquard

Size 6 double-pointed needles


Tapestry needle

Notes: I used a twisted cord for the ties. Here is a link to a YouTube video on how to make twisted cord. It's not exactly how I made mine but it's the same result! You want your cords AT LEAST 6 inches long and better even longer. Not a foot long or anything like that, but long enough to comfortably tie in a bow.

Now the pattern!

Cuff: Using size 6 dpns, cast on 36 stitches loosely. You want the cuff edges to be stretchy like the ribbing. Work 20 rounds of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing. That completes your cuff.

Eyelets for ties: After knitting your 20 rounds of k2p2 ribbing, knit one round plain. Now for the eyelet round:

Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together, yarn over. Repeat this around. You will have 12 yarn-overs when you get to the end, and the very last stitch on your needle will be a YO.

Body of mitt: Now knit 20 rounds. This is the fun part if you are using a patterning yarn like the Baby Jacquard.

Decreases: Once you get your 20 plain rounds knit, it's time to decrease.

Dec. round 1: Knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat around.

Dec. round 2: Knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat around.

Dec. round 3: Knit 2, knit 2 together around.

Dec. round 4: Knit 1, knit 2 together around.

Dec. round 5: Knit 2 together around.

This makes a fast decrease but on these small mitts it looks good I think. You are done knitting. Break your yarn leaving a 6" tail, thread onto a tapestry needle and weave the end through the remaining stitches. Pull tight. Weave in your ends. Make two ties and weave them in your eyelets and you are done!

If you make these, be sure to link to the pattern on Ravelry!


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