Double knitted snowflake mittens for babies
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Reversible and warm pair of thumbless mittens for babies up to 6 months. There are no threads inside the mittens to catch little fingers. A great weekend project!
This pattern is written for the magic loop method but you can adjust it for the double pointed needles as well.
You need fingering weight (4 ply) merino wool yarn with approximate meterage of 438 yards (400 meters) / 100g
Colour 1: 79 yds (72m)
Colour 2: 79 yds (72m)
Sample mittens are knitted with Sandnes Garn Lanett Babyull (382 yards / 350 meters / 100g), colorway Lys gråmelert (1032) and Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles (400 yards / 366 meters / 100g), colorway Wish. The yarn by Sandness garn might be hard to get outside of Europe so I have listed down below good alternatives. Also even though I like the Hedgehog Fibres yarn I do not recommend it for baby knits because the colors are very highly saturated and at least the blue one bleeds a little bit which is not good because babies tend to put everything in their mouth.
Yarns suitable for this project
Sizes: One size for babies from 0 to 6 months. These mittens are thumbless.
Dimensions: approximately 4.5” (12cm) long, circumference 4.5” (12cm)
Needles: US 0 24’’ [2mm 60cm] or longer circular needles. Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.
Gauge: 29 sts and 42 rows per 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.
Other: Tapestry needle
Abbreviations & techniques
C1 = color one
C2 = color two
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
p = purl
p2togtbl = purl 2 stitches together through the back loop
PM = place marker
ssk = slip 1 st kwise, slip another st kwise, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together.
st = stitch
Using two color cast on CO 68 sts (34 sts of each color). Divide evenly over 2 needles: 34 sts each needle (17 of each color). PM, join for knitting in the round.
Double knit in stockinette the following pattern.
- 4 rows with C1 at the front of the work
- 1 row with C2 at the front of the work
- 2 rows with C1 at the front of the work
- 1 row with C2 at the front of the work
- 14 rows with C1 at the front of the work
Start working the colorwork chart on page below. Work the chart on Needle 1 only. Continue working stockinette with C1 in front of the work on Needle 2.
C1: white squares
C2: blue squares
C1: blue squares
C2: white squares
After finishing the colorwork double knit 3 more rows stockinette with C1 at the front of the work.
You are now at the beginning of needle 1.
Step 1: Reorder the first 4 sts on needle 1 so that you have the first two sts of C1 next to each other and after those sts there are the first two sts of C2 next to each other.
Step 2: ssk (C1), p2tog (C2), double knit in stockinette until 4 sts (2 sts of both color) remain on the needle 1.
Step 3: Reorder the last 4 sts on needle 1 so that you have the last two sts of C1 next to each other and after those the last two sts of C2 next to each other.
Step 4: k2tog (C1), p2togtbl (C2)
You are now at the end of needle 1. Repeat steps 1 to 4 on needle 2 as well. A total of 52 sts (26 sts of each color) remaining.
Repeat previous steps on both needles on every round until a total of 12 sts (6 sts of each color) remaining.
Break the yarn leaving approximately 12’’ inch (30cm) tail. With C2 behind the work bring the darning needle through sts of C2. Do not tighten or cut the tail yet.
With C1 front of the work bring the darning needle through sts of C1. Do not tighten or cut the tail yet.
Remove the needles from your work and pull C2 tight. Pull the yarn through to the other side of the work so that you can weave it in later. Now pull C1 tight and weave in ends of both colors.
Pattern copyright Knitgrammer, 2020. The pattern is for unlimited personal use. Do not reproduce or sell the pattern. You may sell items that are knitted from this pattern provided that you give credit to the designer and provide a link to knitgrammer.com.