Monday, September 19, 2011

La De Da Thrummed Mittens

The La De Da Mittens were inspired by one of the alpacas from Lake Effect Alpaca farm who donated fiber to create these warm and fluffy mittens. The roving is a pale peanut butter color with undertones of olive.  If you have never experienced the warmth of thrummed mittens, give this pattern a try, you will be hooked.




Size: 8" hand circumference (the thrums take up space on the inside)
Yarn: Lion Brand - Wool-Ease, forest green heather - 1 ball (approx 200 yards), 30 yards of alpaca roving

Supplies: US Size 6 and 8 double pointed needles, crochet hook (to weave in ends), stitch holder, marker & tapestry needle

Glossary:

K - knit
P - purl

Gauge: 20 stitches per 4"

Thrum Pattern:

Thrums are 3" pieces of roving that you tear off (do not cut)
Fold thrum in half and wrap around needle


Here is the finished thrum and its mating stitch

Row 1: K1, *work thrum, K3* repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
Row 2: Knit across, knitting thru back of thrum and its mating knit stitch, tug thrum to straighten
Row 3: Knit across
Row 4: Knit across
Row 5: K3,*work thrum, K3* repeat to last stitch, work thrum
Row 6: Knit across, knitting thru back of thrum and its mating knit stitch, tug thrum to straighten
Row 7: Knit across
Row 8: Knit across

Repeat these 8 rows















La De Da Thrummed Mittens (make 2)
Cuff
Cast on 40 stitches with smaller needles
Divide onto 3 dps, place marker and join round
Purl 3 rounds
Knit 3 rounds
Purl 3 rounds
Knit 3 rounds
Purl 3 rounds
Knit 3 rounds
Purl 3 rounds

Body
Switch to larger needles
Knit 3 rounds
Start thrum pattern/chart
Work in pattern until body (above cuff) measures 3"
Thumb Opening
K1 at beginning of round
Slip 8 stitches onto holder
Cast on 8 stitches on right (working) needle and knit to end
Continue in pattern until body of mitten above thumb measures 5", end on row 7
Shape Mitten
1st rnd: *K2, K2 tog* repeat - 30 stitches remain
2nd rnd: Knit across
3rd rnd: *K1, K2tog* repeat - 20 stitches remain
4th rnd: Knit across
5th rnd: K2 tog across - 10 stitches remain
6th rnd: Knit across
7th rnd: K2 tog to last stitch, K1 - 5 stitches remain
Cut yarn, leave 6" tail and thread on tapestry needle, run thru remaining stitches and secure

Thumb
Join yarn and use dp to knit stitches from holder
Using 2nd dp, pick up and knit one stitch at left side of thumb opening and then pick up and knit 4 stitches from top of thumb opening
Using 3rd dp, pick up 4 stitches from top of thumb opening and 1 stitch at right side of thumb opening - 18 stitches picked up
Place marker and join in round
Knit every round until thumb measures 2" - finish on row 7
Shape Thumb
1st rnd: K2, K2 tog to last 2 stitches, K2 - 14 stitches remain
2nd rnd: Knit across
3rd rnd: K2 tog across - 7 stitches remain
4th rnd: Knit across
5th rnd: K2 tog to last stitch, K1 - 4 stitches remain
Cut yarn, leave 6" tail and thread on tapestry needle, run thru remaining stitches and secure
 Finishing: Weave in loose ends with crochet hook.Turn inside out and fluff thrums for lining.


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