Helping our users. Knit Relief Mittens.
1 ball Sublime Cashmere Silk Merino DK (127 yds), or other DK yarn;
Knitting needles 4 needles;
2 stitch markers;
Waste yarn or stitch holder.
Stitches control: 25 sts = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Cross hatch Lace Pattern: Row 1: * K3, K2tog, YO, K1, rep from * Row 2: * K2, K2tog, YO, K2, rep from * Row 3: * K1, K2tog, YO, K3, rep from * Row 4: * K2tog, YO, K4, rep from * Row 5: * K1, YO, ssk, K3, rep from * Row 6: * K2, YO, ssk, K2, rep from * Row 7: * K3, YO, ssk, K1, rep from * Row 8: * K4, YO, ssk, rep from *
Size can be adjusted by going up or down a needle size, or by adding or deleting a pattern repeat of 6 stitches.
Length can be adjusted by working additional repeats of the stitch pattern.
The pattern worked as written uses almost all of the skein. If you are afraid of running out of yarn, work the body of both mitts first. Divide the remaining yarn into two equal balls, and knit the thumbs from what is left. Any adjustments to length or width of the mitts may require a second skein.
Cast on 42 stitches loosely and join in the round. Divide stitches in groups of 6 on your needles – for Magic Loop this will be 18 sts on the front needle, and 24 on the back needle. Work K1b, P1 ribbing for 16 rounds. Change to Crosshatch Lace stitch and work Rows 1-7 of pattern. The thumb gusset will be placed in-between the pattern repeats. Thumb Gusset Set-up Row: (Pattern Row 8) K4, YO, ssk,, place marker, m1, place marker, * K4, YO, ssk, rep from * to end of round.
Thumb Gusset: Next round (Pattern Row 1): Work 6 sts in pattern, slip marker, m1, K1, m1, slip marker, continue in pattern to end of round.
Increase 2 sts between markers every third round as follows: work 6 sts in pattern to the first marker, slip marker, m1, K up to the second marker, m1, slip marker, continue to end of round. You will do increases on the following rows of the pattern: Row 1, 4, 7, 2, 5, 8, 3, and 6. Work increases until you have 17 sts between markers.
Work 2 more rows, finishing with Row 8.
Next row: work 6 sts in pattern, place 17 sts between markers on waste yarn, continue knitting rest of round in pattern. Do two more complete pattern repeats (16 rounds). Work P1, K1b ribbing for 4 rounds. Bind off with sewn bind-off or other stretchy bind off.
Gusset Set-up Row: (Pattern Row 8) K4, YO, ssk, place marker, m1, place marker, * K4, YO, ssk, rep from * to end of round. Chart 1: Crosshatch Lace Pattern Cafe au Lait Mitts by Paula McKeever Page 2 Thumb: Place 17 sts from waste yarn onto circular needle, or DPNs. Pick up and knit 3 sts from top of gusset, then continue knitting around the 17 gusset sts. Work 4 rounds total, then switch to K1b P1 ribbing for 4 rounds. Bind off loosely, or use Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off or other stretchy bind off.
Make the second mitt the same as the first.