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
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Size: S - M - L
Length before felting: approx. 34 - 36 - 37 cm
Length after felting: 28 - 29 - 30 cm
Length thumb felting: approx. 15 cm
Length thumb after felting: 12 cm
Materials:
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-100-150 g colour 9020, pearl grey
50 g for all sizes in colour 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) SIZE 4.5 mm – or size needed to get 20 stitches and 26 rows in stocking stitch = width 10 cm and 10 cm vertically.
After felting: 10 x 10 cm = 22 stitches and 34 rows.

ACCESSORIES: 2 safety pins and 2 small plastic bags for felting.
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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.
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Pattern instructions

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

DECREASE TIP-1:
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.

PATTERN:
See diagram A.1. Work the entire pattern in stocking stitch.

INCREASE TIP: 
Increase 1 stitch by working 2 stitches in same stitch.

DECREASE TIP-2:
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).
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RIGHT MITTEN: 
Worked back and forth on circular needle until A.1 is done, then work the rest of mitten in the round in stocking stitch on double pointed needles.
 
Cast on 56-56-62 stitches on circular needle size 4.5 mm with dark blue. Work 4 rows in stocking stitch back and forth. Switch to pearl grey and work 2 rows in stocking 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 stocking stitch. Then work in stocking stitch and pearl grey - on first row decrease 4 stitch evenly = 48-48-54 stitches. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! When piece measures 11 cm in all sizes, decrease 4-0-2 stitches evenly = 44-48-52 stitches.
READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!
Insert 1 marker in 25th-27th-29th stitch on needle (= marks thumb increase).
When piece measures 10-11-12 cm, work a star mid on top of hand as follows: Work 0-1-2 stitches with pearl grey, work A.1 (= 21 stitches), and work with pearl grey the rest of row. Continue A.1 like this.
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 11 cm in all sizes, 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. 
Switch to double pointed needles size 4.5 mm. Then work mitten in the round on double pointed needles with stocking stitch and pearl grey 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 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.

THUMB: 
Work the thumb with pearl grey. Slip the 15-17-19 thumb stitches on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm, pick in addition up 1 stitch in each of the 3 stitches cast on behind thumb = 18-20-22 stitches. Work in stocking stitch in the round. When thumb measures approx. 6-6½-7 cm 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, 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.

LEFT MITTEN:
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 grey, work A.1 (= 21 stitches), and work 0-1-2 stitches with pearl grey.

THUMB:
Work thumb the same way as on right mitten.

ASSEMBLY:
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 grey).

FELTING: 
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 at 40 degrees 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.

Diagram

= pearl grey
= dark blue

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