Stay-Put Baby Mitts
What makes them stay-put? A generous length of twisted 1X1 rib, a tie at the wrists, and a connecting cord (so even if the wee one does get them off, they’ll stay put to his jacket).
These were born of necessity (and love). I learned my precocious 14-month-old great-nephew simply would not leave any sort of hand coverings in place. Not good in a wintry clime.
I knew more or less what I wanted, and they are indeed a simple shape, so I started with Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns. Problem was, these start out at a size of 2-4 years. So, with this starting point, I tried a few different cast on numbers to ballpark a size for about 18-24 months. The pattern below is for this single size, as my knowledge of baby sizes is sorely lacking. Notes are included for up- and down-sizing where appropriate. Let me know what you think! Also, if perchance anyone else makes these and you find an error, please let me know.
I used a double strand of Artyarns Ultramerino 4, a heavy-fingering superwash merino, on US7 needles to create a dense, warm fabric as well as make these a super-quick knit. But any worsted to aran weight yarn could also be subbed.
- Artyarns Ultramerino 4, colorway 119 – approximately 30g (115 yds double stranded) or approximately 60 yds of worsted weight yarn
- US7 needles for your preferred method of knitting small circumference items
- Stitch marker
- Tapestry needle
- crochet hook in size to match a single strand of your yarn
- 5 sts and 7 rows per inch
About 5.5 inches circumference at the hand and 3.5 inches long from tie (not including cuff). (18-24 months)
- k = knit
- p= purl
- sts = stitches
- ktbl = knit through the back loop
- sl1 = slip 1 purlwise
- k2tog = knit 2 together
Increase round: I used a make 1 increase, but any increase method would work.
Cast on 24 sts (multiple of 2)
Place stitch marker and join for knitting in the round
Knit in 1X1 twisted rib in the round by knitting all k stitches through the back loop on every round as follows: *(ktbl, p1), repeat from * to end of round. Continue in ribbing for 2.5 inches, or desired length.
Next row: *(sl1, k1), repeat from * to end of round
Next row (increase round): k all stitches; increase 4 sts evenly around (28 stitches) or number to gain desired circumference
Continue in stockinette (k all sts) for 2.5 inches, or desired length before decreasing
Next row: Decrease 3 sts evenly around (25 sts) or a multiple of 5
Next row: *(k3, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round
Next row: k
Next row: *(k2, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round
Next row: k
Next row: *(k1, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round
Next row: *(k2tog), repeat from * to end of round (5 sts)
Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. I like to thread the yarn through twice to help eliminate holes.
Weave in ends.
To create wrist ties and cord, select a crochet hook in a size appropriate for a single strand of your yarn.
For the ties, make two lengths of cord by making a crochet chain (ch) approximately 10 to 12 inches long. Thread the wrist ties through the elongated stitches created on the (sl1, k1) row, beginning and ending so that the cord can be tied at the center of the mitt. If desired, make a single square knot at the end of each tie to prevent fraying or unraveling.
For the connecting cord, create a crochet ch of an appropriate length to extend from cuff to cuff through a jacket with some slack for range of movement. On this pair, the cord is about 3.5 feet long. But this wee one is exceptionally long-limbed. Connect the cord to opposite sides of each mitt (based on the wrist tie being the “front” of the mitt).
Block as desired or specified by the yarn’s ball band.
Keep wee hands warm!
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