DROPS Extra / 0-1430

Snowball Fight by DROPS Design

Knitted and felted mittens for adult, with stripes, in DROPS Lima. Theme: Christmas.

DROPS Design: Pattern no li-107
Yarn group B
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SIZES:
S/M - M/L - L/XL
Total length before felting: approx. 32 - 33½ - 35 cm
Total length after felting: approx. 24 - 25½ - 26 cm
Length of thumb before felting: approx. 7½ - 8 - 8½ cm
Length of thumb after felting: approx. 6 - 6 - 6½ cm

MATERIALS: 
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-100-100 g colour 3609, red
50-100-100 g colour 0619, beige 

KNITTING TENSION:
Before felting: 20 stitches in width and 26 rows in height = 10 x 10 cm.
After felting: 22 stitches in width and 34 rows in height = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 4.5 MM.
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.

ACCESSORIES: Safety pins for felting, 2 items.

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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.
EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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STRIPES:
* 3 rounds of beige, 2 rounds of red *, work from *-*.

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

DECREASE TIP:
Decrease 1 stitch on each side of the marker as follows: Work until there are 2 stitches before the stitch with the marker, knit 2 together, knit 1 (marker in this stitch), slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch.

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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MITTEN - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The piece is worked in the round with double pointed needles. You work from the wrist and up over the hand.

MITTEN:
Cast on 56-60-60 stitches with double pointed needles size 4.5 mm and red. Work stocking stitch until the piece measures 3 cm. Then work stocking stitch and STRIPES – read description above. AT THE SAME TIME on the next round, decrease 4 stitches evenly on round (decrease by knitting 2 stitches together). Decrease like this every 1½ cm a total of 3-3-2 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). Now increase 1 stitch on each side of the stitch with the marker – read INCREASE TIP. Increase like this on the outside of the increased stitches every 4th round a total of 6-7-8 times = 56-62-68 stitches.
After the last increase, place the increased stitches + the stitch with the marker + 1 stitch on each side of these stitches on a thread for the 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 and stripes in the round over these stitches. When the piece measures 12 cm from where stitches were cast on behind the thumb insert 2 markers as follows: Insert the first marker in the first stitch and the second marker in the 23rd-25th-27th stitch. On the next round decrease before and after both markers – read DECREASE TIP (= 4 stitches decreased). Decrease like this every 2nd round a total of 4-5-6 times, continue with red and decrease every round a total of 4 times = 12 stitches. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten well. 

THUMB: 
The thumb is worked in the round with stocking stitch and stripes. Make sure that 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. When the thumb measures approx. 6-6½-7 cm decrease 3 stitches evenly on the round (decrease by knitting 2 stitches together) = 15-17-19 stitches. Work 3 rounds. Continue with red and on the next round decrease 5-7-7 stitches evenly = 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, pull it through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten well. 
Work the other mitten in the same way.

FELTING:
So that the thumb is not felted together, turn the mitten inside out and place a small plastic bag in the thumb. Fasten with a safety pin - NOTE: Fasten the pin straight down towards the tip of the thumb so that it is easier to remove after felting. Turn the mitten back so that it is felted the right way out. 
Place the mittens in the washing machine; use a detergent without enzymes and optical bleaches. Wash at 40 degrees with normal centrifuge and no pre-wash. After washing shape the mittens to the right measurements while still wet. Later washes are as for normal wool garments.

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