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Polar Paws by DROPS Design

Knitted and felted mittens with stripes. The piece is worked in DROPS Lima.

DROPS Design: Pattern no li-099
Yarn group B

Sizes: S/M - M/L - L/XL
Whole length before felting: approx. 32 - 33½ - 35 cm
Whole length after felting: approx. 24 - 25½ - 26 cm
Length from thumb-hollow before felting: approx. 16 - 16 ½ - 17 cm
Length from thumb-hollow after felting: approx. 12 - 12½ -13 cm
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-100-100 g colour 9020, pearl grey
50-50-50 g colour 1101, white


20 stitches in width and 26 rows in height with stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.

The needle size is only a guide. If you have too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle size.


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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.


* 6 rounds of pearl grey, 6 rounds of white*, work from *-*.

Increase 1 stitch by working 2 stitches in the same stitch.

Decrease before the marker as follows: Work until there are 2 stitches left before the marker, knit 2 together.
Decrease after the marker as follows: Work as far as the marker, slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over.



The piece is worked in the round with double pointed needles. You work from the wrist and up the hand.

Cast on 56-60-60 stitches with double pointed needles size 4.5 mm and pearl grey. Work stocking stitch until the piece measures 3 cm, then work stocking stitch and STRIPES – see description above. AT THE SAME TIME on the next row decrease 4 stitches evenly on round (decrease by knitting 2 stitches together). Repeat the decrease every 1½ cm 2-2-1 more times = 44-48-52 stitches. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When the piece measures approx. 8-8-7 cm insert 1 marker in the 22nd-24th-26th stitch on the round (= marks the thumb). Then increase 1 stitch on each side of the stitch with the marker, repeat this increase on the outside of the increased stitches every 4th round 5-6-7 more times - READ INCREASE TIP = 56-62-68 stitches. After the last increase, place the increased stitches + stitch with marker + 1 stitch on each side of these stitches on 1 thread for thumb = 15-17-19 thumb-stitches. Cast on 3 stitches behind the thumb-stitches = 44-48-52 stitches. The piece measures approx. 16-17-18 cm. Continue with stocking stitch in the round over these stitches. When the piece measures 12 cm from where you cast on stitches behind the thumb, insert 2 markers as follows: Insert 1 marker in the first stitch and the other marker in the 23rd-25th-27th stitch. On the next round, decrease 1 stitch before and after each marker - READ DECREASE TIP (= 4 stitches decreased). Repeat the decrease every 2nd round 3-4-5 more time, then continue with pearl grey and repeat the decrease every round 4 times = 12 stitches. Cut the strand and pull it through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten well. 

The thumb is worked in the round with stocking stitch. Make sure the stripes match the rest of the piece. Place the 15-17-19 thumb-stitches on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm and knit up 3 stitches in the 3 increased stitches on the hand = 18-20-22 stitches. Continue until you have worked 1 stripe in each colour and then continue with pearl grey. When the thumb measures approx. 6-6½-7 cm decrease 3 stitches evenly on round (decrease by knitting 2 stitches together) = 15-17-19 stitches. Work 3 rounds. On the next round decrease 5-7-7 stitches evenly on round = 10-10-12 stitches. When the thumb measures 7½-8-8½ cm knit all stitches together 2 and 2 = 5-5-6 stitches. Cut the strand and pull it through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten well. 
Work the other mitten in the same way.

So that the thumb does not felt together, turn the mittens inside-out and put a small plastic bag in the thumb. Fasten with a safety pin - NOTE: Fasten the pin vertically towards the tip of the thumb so that it is easy to remove after felting. Turn the mitten inside-out again so that it is felted with the right side out. 
Place the mittens in washing machine using a detergent without enzymes and optic bleaches. Wash at 40 degrees with normal centrifuge and without pre-wash. After washing, shape the mittens to the right measurements while still wet. Later washes are as for a normal wool garment.

Comments (2)

Nancy 27.12.2018 - 21:34:

Great explanation! Now I understand. Thanks

Nancy 25.12.2018 - 07:19:

I do not understand the thumb increases. I have done mittens before but have never put a marker on the 22, 24, 26 stitch. Can you explain this differently so that I understand. Thanks, Nancy

DROPS Design 27.12.2018 kl. 19:45:

Hi Nancy! You put the marker on the 22nd stitch (size S/M), on 24th stitch if you work size M/L or on the 26th stitch in the size L/XL. How to knit a thumb on a mitten you will find in the video HERE. Happy knitting!

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