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A romantic winter walk, gentle snowfall, your special someone by your side: everything could be so nice – if only there were not those icy cold hands! We’ll show you how to knit easy mittens of any size to keep your hands warm. As a sewist, knitting may not be as familiar, but you can do it and try make some as gifts for your friends during the holiday season…

Step 1

For the gloves to sit well, it is important to determine the size ratios in advance. You put your hand on a sheet of paper and draw around once. Make a stitch test with the desired yarn to determine the number of stitches needed.

Step 2

In order to save the row counting, it is worthwhile if you mark the most important boundary lines. Line a marks the completion of the cuff, line b the approach of the thumb, line c explains that in the length of the little finger is to start with the decrease for the mitten tip. Line d shows the thumb length.

Step 3

The stop must be carried out particularly loosely for the mittens so that the elasticity of the cuff is maintained and the edge does not wear off so quickly. Therefore, work with two needles. First, as many stitches are knitted as needed for a needle (cuff circumference divided by 4). Thereafter, a second needle is placed next to the first and knitted the same number of stitches. The same applies to the third and fourth needle.

Step 4

Carefully pull out the first needle under the stitches of the second needle and close the stitches to round. When closing the round you knit with the fifth needle the one stitch according to the drawing in the direction of the arrow.

Step 5

After the first round is finished knitting, the beginning of the thread is pulled through the initial stitch according to the lower arrow. The arrow above shows how to knit the first stitch of the third needle.

Step 6

Alternatively, run the fence with double thread to give the edge more stability.

Step 7

Knit as many stitches as needed in Step 1. Be sure to tighten the thread evenly.

Step 8

This is what the finished stitch fence looks like with double thread. The double threads are processed like a thread.

Step 9

After the cuff (alternately one stitch on the right, one on the left), right-hand rounds follow to the bottom of the thumb. For the thumb slot, take 1/6 of the stitches of the first needle on a thread or safety pin. Just as many stitches you strike for the thumb bridge and insert them into the round.

Step 10

Rounds are knitted again to the tip of the little finger. To check size and fit, you can try on the glove again and again.

Step 11

The stitches of the third and fourth needle form the back, the first and second needle the inner surface. For the band lace you knit the second and third needle covered together. The second and third last stitch of the second and fourth needle are simply knitted together on the right. The weight loss is repeated every second round. Pull the last eight stitches together with the end of the thread. Pull the thread inwards and sew carefully.

Step 12

For the thumb, pick up the same number of stitches from the bridge in addition to the stitches from the auxiliary thread or safety pin, and spread these stitches on four needles. The length of the thumb is knit with right-hand stitch. Start now to remove for the lace: Knit the first two stitches of each needle together until only four stitches are left.


Finished! Pull together the last four stitches of the thumb tip with the end thread and sew. Knit the second glove opposite.

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1 Comment

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Nov 22, 2017, 09.35 AMby nrobson

    cool! i totally need to practice knitting again

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