An easy knitting pattern for some fun but functional mittens.
Smoker’s Mittens Knitting Pattern
A friend of mine is a regular smoker but at this time of year it’s a little brutal on the fingertips to have them exposed to the elements.
We had seen Smoking Mittens in the shops (mittens with an eyelet in them for you to hold a cigarette), but they’re far too bulky to hide in your pockets for everyday skulking around town and college. I knitted these lightweight and streamlined versions in a warm wool blend for my friend and she loves them.
You will need:
1 ball of wool that knits to gauge
1 set of 4mm dpns (double pointed needles)
1 eyelet large enough to fit a cigarette into (optional)
18 sts and 24 rows = 4″/10 cm
To make smoker’s mitten (with hole):
- Cast on 24 stitches
- Careful join ends into the round, taking care not to twist
- Work in 2×2 rib for 4 to 6 inches as desired
- Switch to stocking stitch and work even for 4 inches
- Break round and work back and forth for 7 rows. This will form the thumb later.
- Re-join and work in the round for 3 inches
- From the start of the next round: k4, yo, k2tog, k to last six stitches, k2tog, yo, k4. This will form a hole in the front and back of the mitten by your index finger, and this will be where you can hold your cigarette when the piece is finished.
- Work even for 4 inches
- To start decreases: place a marker at the start of the round and k2tog, k11, place marker, k2tog, knit to end.
- Decrease 1 at each marker every other round for 1 inch.
- Then decrease every round for ½ an inch.
- K2tog all the way round until under 5 stitches remain.
- Bind off tightly and weave in any loose ends.
- Now for the fiddly bit: the thumb. Using just two needles for now; pick up 1 stitch from the bottom of the thumb hole you left earlier.
- Knit that stitch and pick up one stitch either side of it.
- Knit these three stitches and pick up one stitch either side of these, creating a sort of triangle of work from the bottom of the thumb hole.
- Carry on picking up one stitch either side as you work back and forth, slowly working your way up the thumb hole, adding more needles as the work begins to curve, until you have picked up all the stitches around the hole.
- Join round and work even in stocking stitch for 1 ½ inches
- Start decreases; knitting 2 together at either side of the round much as you did with the top of the mitten.
- When you have less than 5 stitches, bind off and weave in any ends.
- If you find you have any holes where you bound off, sew these shut.
- Add an eyelet to seal the two holes you made earlier if desired.
To make second mitten (without hole)
Follow pattern as for first mitten, omitting step 7.
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