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Eastern Market Baby Mittens

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Here’s the pattern for my Eastern Market Baby Mittens (finally!). I first mentioned them when my three-year-old was but a wee babe, here. I was hoping to have this up ages ago, but life took over and … well, it’s here now. Enjoy.

Please note: These mittens are intentionally quite long so as to be able to stuff them under a jacket and keep them on the baby’s arm but can also be cuffed. Please reproduce only for personal use.

Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8: 1 skein MC, 1 skein CC.

Needles: US size 8 DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge

Guage: 4 st/inch (holding 2 strands together throughout)

Size: Approx 6-12 months

Holding 2 strands of MC together (one from each end of skein), cast 20 stitches on dpns. Join and work in the round a 1×1 rib for 5 rows, switch to CC color for 2 rows, then switch back to MC. Repeat until you have 3 sets of 2 CC rows, then work 5 more rows of rib in MC. You should have 20 rows of ribbing.

Alternatively, you can do 2 stripes in various widths, or skip the striping all together and knit a mottled version using 1 strand of MC and 1 strand of CC throughout.

At this point, work MC in stockinette stitch until piece measures approximately 8 inches.

Next row: *k2, k2tog; repeat from * until end of row.
Next row: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * until end of row.
Next row: *k2tog; repeat from * until end of row.
Next row: k2tog, k1, k2tog; cut yarn, leaving approx 6 inches of tail. Thread onto darning needle and pull yarn through remaining 3 stitches and pull tight to a point. Then pull yarn through the top of the mitt, flattening point somewhat.

Weave in ends and block.

Disclaimer: I’m finishing up the details of these a bit after the fact, so if to get gauge you need a needle size much different than what I wrote or if something else seems wonky, let me know. I’m pretty sure I’m right, but sometimes “Mommy Brain” strikes when you least expect it…


Author: moogielight

I'm a stay-at-home homebirthing, VBACing, breastfeeding mama, advocate and sometimes artist, sometimes web designer. We are located on the East Coast (but long for the West Coast) where we try to live simply, playing with natural toys, eating organic, vegetarian foods and using our imaginations and creativity as much as possible. I knit and I'm in the process of learning to sew so I can make (or at least attempt to make) many of the items we need and use and want to surround us.

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