It seems that every time I make a fold back mitt, I get asked for a pattern. I made these as a commission for a Christmas gift and the recipient’s favorite color is, you guessed it, green! And I wrote down a little recipe for you this time. This particular pattern works best with one dark color and 1-3 other yarns that provide for some contrast in color and/or texture to both each other and the dark color.
Yarn: 100 yd [91.5 m] dark color aran weight wool (main color – mc) and 150 yd [137 m] of another color, I split this one up into 3 different colors
Needles: 7 US [4.5 mm] set of double–pointed needles, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge
Gauge: 4.75 sts/in. [2.5 cm]
Sizes: 8 in. [20.3 cm] hand circumference
sts – stitches
Make one left (m1L) increase –
Place the strand between the two stitches on the left needle with the right side of the loop in the front. Knit through the back.
Make one right (m1R) increase -
Place the strand between the two stitches on the left needle with the left side of the loop in the front. Knit through the front.
Cast 38 sts onto double-pointed needles, using the dark color
Join in the round, being careful not to twist
Purl 1 round
Knit 6 rounds
Work for 3 in. [7.6 cm], striping as wanted. I worked 4 row stripes with 2 row dark stripes in between.
On the next round, place thumb where you would like it, paying attention to make the seam on the side or bottom of the mitt. When you reach where you want the thumb, place a marker, m1L, k1 stitch, m1R, place a marker, knit rest of round.
Work this increase round:
k to marker, slip marker, m1L, k to next marker, m1R, k to end of round
Every 2nd round twice
Every 3rd round 4 times
15 sts between markers
On the next round, place the thumb stitches (the sts between the markers) on a piece of scrap yarn, casting on one stitch over the gap and joining to complete the rest of the mitt body.
Continue in the striping pattern
I worked 2 more stripes
knit 1 round dark color to finish stripes
continuing in dark color, knit 1 round, increasing 2
Finish by working 2×2 rib so that when the top folds back, it is to the length you would like. I worked around 2 in. [5.1 cm].
Place thumb stitches on double-pointed needles, knit 6 rounds and bind off.
Repeat for the other mitt, sew in ends and enjoy!
my project is raveled here.