No swatch, any stitch count, any yarn mittens. Part 2: Casting on and making the top

This article is part of my no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn mittens pattern. For introduction and outline of this pattern see: Knitgrammer’s no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn mittens pattern.

Previous article: Planning (measure your hand, calculate dimensions for your mittens, select needles and yarn.

Next article: Selecting the thumb pattern and knitting the hand

At this point, you should know what size needles and what kind of yarn you’re going to use as well as what’s the circumference of your mittens going to be. Otherwise, read the previous article.

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Now go ahead and select what kind of top shaping you would like to make!

Select a top shaping you like and then work your mitten until it covers your hand from the tip of your longest finger to the base of the thumb or according to the measurement A on the size chart.

The top is your swatch!  If the fabric seems too loose frog your work and take smaller needles or if on the other hand your fabric seems too dense frog your work and take bigger needles (if you are unsure about the fabric density read the previous article).

2.1 Triangle

The increases are worked every round on both sides of the mitten creating a knit stitch band on each side.

You can find the triangle top pattern here.

Triangle top for top down mittens

2.2 Star

The increases are distributed evenly around the mitten in four sections and worked every round until you reach the desired width. Increase lines form a star-like shape.

You can find the star top pattern here.

2.3 Round

The increases are distributed evenly around the mitten in eight sections and worked every other round until you reach the desired width.

You can find the rounded top pattern here.

Round top for top-down mittens

Now that you have finished the top you are ready to select the thumb pattern for your mittens.

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