DROPS Extra / 0-1413

Icy Paws by DROPS Design

Felted mittens with star for Christmas. Piece is knitted in DROPS Lima.

DROPS design: Pattern no li-095
Yarn group B
Size: S - M - L
Length before felting: approx. 34 - 36 - 37 cm / 13½"-14 1/4"-14½"
Length after felting: 28 - 29 - 30 cm / 11"-11½"-11 3/4''
Length thumb felting: approx. 15 cm / 6''
Length thumb after felting: 12 cm / 4¾''
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-100-150 g color 9020, pearl gray
50 g for all sizes in color 4305, dark blue

Piece can also be knitted with yarn from:
“Alternative yarn (yarn group B)” - see link below.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm / 24'' or 32'') SIZE 4.5 mm/US 7 – or size needed to get 20 stitches and 26 rows in stockinette stitch = width 10 cm / 4'' and 10 cm / 4'' vertically.
After felting: 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm) = 22 stitches and 34 rows.

ACCESSORIES: 2 safety pins and 2 small plastic bags for felting.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.

To calculate how to decrease evenly, use the total number of stitches on row (e.g. 56 stitches) and divide stitches by number of decreases to be done (e.g. 4) = 14.
In this example decrease by knitting every 13th and 14th stitch together.

See diagram A.1. Work the entire pattern in stockinette stitch.

Increase 1 stitch by working 2 stitches in same stitch.

Begin 2 stitches before stitch with marker, knit 2 together, knit stitch with marker, slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch worked (= 2 stitches decreased).

Worked back and forth on circular needle until A.1 is done, then work the rest of mitten in the round in stockinette stitch on double pointed needles.

Cast on 56-56-62 stitches on circular needle size 4.5 mm / US 7 with dark blue. Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch back and forth. Switch to pearl gray and work 2 rows in stockinette stitch while decreasing 4 stitches evenly on first row - read DECREASE TIP-1 = 52-52-58 stitches. Switch back to dark blue and work 2 rows in stockinette stitch. Then work in stockinette stitch and pearl gray - on first row decrease 4 stitch evenly = 48-48-54 stitches. REMEMBER THE GAUGE! When piece measures 10-11-12 cm = 4"-4 3/8"-4 3/4" in all sizes, decrease 4-0-2 stitches evenly = 44-48-52 stitches.
Insert 1 marker in 25th-27th-29th stitch on needle (= marks thumb increase).
When piece measures 10-11-12 cm / 4"-4½"-4 3/4'', work a star mid on top of hand as follows: Work 0-1-2 stitches with pearl gray, work A.1 (= 21 stitches), and work with pearl gray the rest of row. Continue A.1 like this.
AT THE SAME TIME increase 1 stitch on each side of stitch with marker - read INCREASE TIP (= 2 stitches increased). Increase like this outside the increased stitches every 4th row (i.e. on every other row from right side) 6-7-8 times in total = 56-62-68 stitches.
After last increase slip the increased stitches + stitch with marker + 1 stitch on each side of these stitches on a stitch holder for thumb (A.1 should now be done) = 15-17-19 thumb stitches on stitch holder. Piece measures approx. 20-22-23 cm / 8"-8 3/4"-9''.
Switch to double pointed needles size 4.5 mm / US 7. Then work mitten in the round on double pointed needles with stockinette stitch and pearl gray until finished measurements.
AT THE SAME TIME on first round when working in the round, cast on 3 new stitches on needle over stitches on stitch holder (= behind thumb) = 44-48-52 stitches.
When piece measures 13-13-12 cm / 5"-5"-4 3/4'' from stitches cast on behind thumb, insert 2 markers as follows: Insert 1 marker in first stitch on round and 1 marker in 23rd-25th-27th stitch on round. On next round decrease 1 stitch on both each side of both markers – read DECREASE TIP-2 (= 4 stitches decreased). Decrease like this every other round a total of 4-5-6 times and then on every round a total of 4 times in all sizes = 12 stitches remain in all sizes. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten together and fasten.

Work the thumb with pearl gray. Slip the 15-17-19 thumb stitches on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm / US 7, pick in addition up 1 stitch in each of the 3 stitches cast on behind thumb = 18-20-22 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch in the round. When thumb measures approx. 6-6½-7 cm / 2 1/4"-2½"-2 3/4'' decrease 2 stitches evenly = 16-18-20 stitches. Knit 3 rounds. On next round decrease 6-8-8 stitches evenly = 10-10-12 stitches. When thumb measures 7½-8-8½ cm / 2 7/8"-3"-3 1/4'', knit all stitches together two by two = 5-5-6 stitches. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten together and fasten.

Cast on and work as right mitten but reversed.
I.e. increase for thumb on each side of the 20th-22nd-24th stitch on round and when working star mid on top of hand, work as follows: Work 22-24-26 stitches with pearl gray, work A.1 (= 21 stitches), and work 0-1-2 stitches with pearl gray.

Work thumb the same way as on right mitten.

Sew the opening along the edge of mittens - sew edge to edge in outer loop of edge stitch so that the seam is flat (sew with pearl gray).

Turn the mitten inside-out and place a plastic bag inside the thumb to avoid it felting together. Fasten it with a safety pin - NOTE: Fasten the pin vertically down towards tip of thumb to make it easy to remove after felting. Turn the mitten out again so that it is felted with RS outwards.
Then place the mittens in the washing machine with a detergent without enzymes and optical bleach. Wash hot at 40C/104F with normal spin but no pre-wash. After wash shape the mittens to the right measurements while still wet and leave to dry flat. At subsequent wash, wash the mittens at regular wool programme.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 01.04.2019
Correction: When piece measures 10-11-12 cm = 4"-4 3/8"-4 3/4" in all sizes, decrease 4-0-2 stitches evenly = 44-48-52 stitches.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= pearl grey
= dark blue

Poppy 18.03.2019 - 19:23:

Hi, I love this pattern! I’m a bit confused, though. I’ve done “When piece measures 11 cm in all sizes, decrease 4 stitches evenly = 44 stitches.” But then it says to start the star at 10 cm and increase for the thumb at 11cm. Should I start the star first and then do the decrease and increase on the same line or is there a typo? Thanks, Poppy

DROPS Design 20.03.2019 kl. 11:26:

Dear Poppy, thank you for writing to us. The decrease of 4 stitches is for the overall shaping of the mittens so you do it evenly distributed on the round, while increasing for the thumb happens only at one place. As the patterns says "at the same time", so you are doing the two things at the same time. I hope this helps. Happy Knitting, thi is such a lovely project!

Anneli 29.01.2019 - 13:07:

Underbara vantar, jag älskar dom! Jag har stickat dom och tovat två gånger (först i 40 C och en gång till i 30 C) för att nå rätt storlek och är jättenöjd! Ett stort tack för fint garn och ett bra mönster! ❤️

Rachel Dyas 22.01.2019 - 14:13:

Thank you for your reply regarding the thumb length - I can see what I have done - misread when to start the decreases so the main bit pdf the mitten is too short - have unbound and ripped back to where I made the mistake. Thank you very much for getting back to me and in future I will knit with more haste and less speed :D

Rachel Dyas 22.01.2019 - 12:48:

Hi there I think I have followed the measurements for the largest size, it looks strange though, before felting is the thumb supposed to be longer than the main mitten? have I made a mistake:/

DROPS Design 22.01.2019 kl. 12:57:

Dear Mrs Dyas, the thumb is not supposed to be longer than the mitten, it should measure approx. 9 cm from where you picked up the stitches and 12 cm from beg of gusset. You start to decrease for top of hand on mitten when piece measures 12 cm from the new sts cast on over thumb gusset, make sure you get the correct measurements. Happy knitting!

Ilona 17.01.2019 - 10:03:

För att sticka A1 och mönster undrar jag om jag måste klippa trådarna efter varje varv?

DROPS Design 17.01.2019 kl. 15:04:

Hei Ilona. Denne votten strikker du frem og tilbake til A.1 er strikket ferdig, du trenger derfor ikke klippe tråden mellom hver omgang. Strikk med perlegrå frem til A.1, strikk med 2 farger over disse 21 masker, og fortsett med perlegrå ut omganggen. Snu, strikk med perlegrå til du kommer til A.1, strikk med 2 farger over perlegrå. Den blå tråden vil hele tiden være i den siden av A.1 du strikker fra, så du trenger ikke klippe tråden her. God fornøyelse

Catharina Österberg 27.11.2018 - 08:28:

Hej, varför finns aldrig garnet att köpas i samma färg som mönstret?? Klickar på en bild på ett mönster man vill ha, men sedan finns inte garnet?

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