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These cute little mitts were inspired by the bowling game that comes with the Nintendo Wii. In it, your character has floating spheres for hands, and I thought it would be adorable as a mitten for an infant (since they don't need thumbs in their mittens when they're very young).

The padding in the hand shape keeps babies' hands nice and toasty warm, too!

The Miittens are knit as a single piece beginning with the interior shell, which is then folded inside the outer shell before it is stuffed and sewn shut.

 

 

SIZE

Preemie [0-6 months]

 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Sphere circumference: 7.5[8.5] inches
Cuff circumference: 4[5] inches
Length: 3.5 inches

 
MATERIALS
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes [100% Peruvian Wool; 110yd/100m per 50g skein]; 1 skein each color



Preemie:

spacer [MC] #23764 Red
spacer [CC] #23440 Blue Bonnet

0-6 months:
spacer [MC] #23771 Violet
spacer [CC] #23764 Red

Recommended needle size:
spacer 1 set of 4 US #3/3.25mm double-point needles

[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

spacer Yarn needle
spacer Polyfil stuffing, approx. 1 cup

GAUGE

25 sts/34 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st

Note: Gauge for this project is quite a bit tighter than ball band gauge for this yarn.
 
PATTERN NOTES
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

1x1 Rib (Worked in the round over an even number of sts):
All Rounds: [K1, p1] to end.


 
DIRECTIONS
INNER MITTEN
Using CC, CO 3 sts.
[Kfb] in each st. 6 sts.
Divide sts evenly between 3 double-point needles and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: [K1, kfb] three times. 9 sts.
Round 2: [K2, kfb] three times. 12 sts.
Round 3: [K1, kfb] six times. 18 sts.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: [K2, kfb] six times. 24 sts.
Round 6: K all sts.

Preemie Size Only:
Round 7: [K7, kfb] three times. 27 sts.
Round 8: K all sts.
Round 9: [K8, kfb] three times. 30 sts.
Rounds 10-15: K all sts.
Round 16: [K3, k2tog] six times. 24 sts.
Round 17: K all sts.

Size 0-6 Months Only:
Round 7: [K1, kfb] twelve times. 36 sts.
Rounds 8-9: K all sts.
Round 10: [K11, kfb] three times. 39 sts.
Rounds 11-16: K all sts.
Round 17: [K5, k2tog, k4, k2tog] three times. 33 sts.
Round 18: K2tog, k to end. 32 sts.

CUFF
All Sizes:
Work in 1x1 Rib until cuff measures 2.5 inches. Break CC, leaving a tail approx. 10 inches long.

OUTER MITTEN
Round 1: Using MC, k all sts.

Preemie Size Only:
Round 2: [K1, kfb] twelve times. 36 sts.
Round 3: K all sts.
Round 4: [K3, kfb] nine times. 45 sts.
Rounds 5-6: K all sts.
Round 7: [K14, kfb] three times. 48 sts.
Rounds 8-15: K all sts.
Round 16: [K14, k2tog] three times. 45 sts.

Size 0-6 Months Only:
Round 2: K all sts.
Round 3: [K7, kfb] four times. 36 sts.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: [K3, kfb] nine times. 45 sts.
Rounds 6-7: K all sts.
Round 8: [K4, kfb] nine times. 54 sts.
Rounds 9-16: K all sts.
Round 17: [K4, k2tog] nine times. 45 sts.

All Sizes:
K 2 rounds.
Shape top of outer mitten as follows:

Round 1: [K3, k2tog] nine times. 36 sts.
Round 2: K all sts.
Round 3: [K1, k2tog] twelve times. 24 sts.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: [K2, k2tog] six times. 18 sts.
Round 6: K all sts.
Round 7: [K1, k2tog] six times. 12 sts.
Round 8: [K2, k2tog] three times. 9 sts.
Break yarn, leaving a tail approx. 8 inches long. Draw tail through remaining sts but do not pull tight; mitten must be assembled first.

 

FINISHING

Weave in CO end at tip of inner mitten. Tuck inner mitten inside outer mitten, folding cuff in half; when folded, cuff will be 1.25 inches deep, and doubled in thickness. Use CC tail at color change to sew inner and outer edges of cuff loosely together.

With thumb or finger inside inner mitten, insert stuffing into opening at top of outer mitten. Gently stuff space between inner and outer mittens, distributing stuffing a little at a time, taking care not to overstuff. Pull tail to draw together sts at top of mitten. Weave in remaining ends.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Michelle Hotchin knits, drinks and takes photographs of it all in Toronto, Ontario.  She is one of the organizers of "Drunken Knitting", a monthly meetup of like-minded knitters, and is also an avid photographer. 

You can see it all on her blog.

   
 

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