Fitted Mitts

Snug-fitting mitts without any of that loose, bunchy fabric between fingers and thumb. The thumb gusset is a little more elegant than the standard one, with the increases neatly integrated into the ribbing.

Material
- 1 ball or skein of sock yarn or yarn of a similar thickness. For the mitts on the photos, I used 60 gr of Wollmeise 100% Merino.
- Circular needles or double pointed needles in size 2.5 mm (US 1), or whichever ones you prefer to get gauge.

Gauge
28 st / 10 cm (4 inches).

Stitches

M1R: Make One, right-leaning. Insert the left needle from back to front into the horizontal strand between the last stitch worked and the next stitch on the left needle. Knit this strand through the front loop to twist it. You might have to fiddle with the front loop a little to get the needle in.

M1L: Make One, left-leaning. Insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the last stitch worked and the first stitch on the left needle. Knit this strand through the back loop to twist it.

Instructions

CO 56 st and join to knit in the round. K3, P1 until tube is about 16 cm (6 in) long.

Thumb gusset

The thumb gusset is worked between two vertical purl "lines". The increases are worked always just after and before the purl stitches, so the purl lines neatly frame the gusset. Maybe you want to place stitch markers just after and before the purl stitches to remind you to increase.

Increase row: K3, P1, M1R, K3, M1L, P1, K3 ... continue 3x1 ribbing til end of row.

Work 2 rounds without increase, knitting all the stitches between the purl lines that frame the thumb gusset.

Work an increase round, then another 2 rounds without increase. Continue like this until you have 19 st between the purl lines.

Knit another 6 rounds without increases, or until the thumb gusset is long enough for your taste.

Continuing the hand part

Knit up to thumb gusset and place the 19 thumb stitches  plus the next st (a purl st) on waste yarn. Close rest of st up (=52 st) and knit in the round in 3x1 rib. Continue for about 4.5 cm (1.8 in), or until the tube is long enough to cover your knuckles.  BO loosely.

Finishing the thumb

Pick up st from waste yarn, join to knit in round (all knit stitches here, no purls) and knit about 4 rounds. BO loosely.

Sew hole between thumb and fingers.







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