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YARNFWDtm THRUMMED MITTENS

These mittens are knitted on two needles.

ABBREVIATIONS:
cm = centimetre(s)
dec = decrease
g = gram(s)
in = inch(es)
inc = increase
k = knit
mm = millimetre(s)
p = purl
psso = pass slip stitch over
rep = repeat
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together

MATERIALS
100 grams or 4 ounces of Worsted Weight Yarn.
60 g or 2 ounces Rovings or Fleece
Two 3.25 mm needles and two 4 mm needles or whichever needles are required to produce the correct tension.

TENSION
22 sts = 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch with thrums knitted in.

TO MAKE A THRUM
Pull off (do not cut) three 3 inch (7.5cm) lengths of roving or pull off an equivalent amount of fleece. For rovings, twist the three strands at the centre until it is about the same thickness as your yarn. With fleece, twist the fleece until you have a piece about three inches long and the thickness of your yarn.

TO KNIT IN A THRUM
Insert a thrum into the body of the mitt every third stitch and every fourth row.

First Row: * Knit 2 sts. Insert the needle into the next st. Slip the folded thrum over the inserted needle so that the ends are to the inside of the mitt. Wrap the knitting yarn around the inserted needle and beside the thrum. Complete the stitch by pulling through the thrum and yarn together. Repeat from * to the end of the row.
Second Row: Purl across the row, purling into the back of the loop on the thrummed st. (Be sure to catch the yarn and the thrum when you purl through the back of the loop).
Third Row: Knit
Fourth Row: Purl
Repeat these four rows throughout the mitt, keeping the continuity of the pattern, including the thumb.

PATTERN

The instructions are written for children's size 8. Any changes for ladies or mens sizes are written in brackets (Ladies, Men).

RIGHT MITT:
With the smaller needles, cast on 32 (40,44) sts. Work 20 (22,24) rows in k1,p1 ribbing.

TO MAKE THUMB GUSSET:
With the larger needles, work in stocking stitch for 6 (8)(10) rows ending with a purl row.
First Row: k17(21)(23). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to end of row. Purl 1 row.
Third Row: k17(21)(23). Inc 1 st in next st. k2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row. Purl 1 row.
Fifth Row: k17(21)(23). Inc 1 st in next st. k4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row. Continue inc in this way (having 2 sts more between increases for thumb gusset every alternate row to 40(52)(56) sts on needle. Purl 1 row.

TO MAKE THUMB:
k27(35)(37). Turn. Cast on 1 st. p10(14)(14) including cast on st. Turn. Cast on 1 st. Working on these 11(15)(15) sts continue even in stocking stitch for 1 3/4 (2 1/4)(2 1/2) ins [4 1/2 (5 1/2)(6 1/2)cm] ending with purl row.
Next Row: k1. *k2tog. Repeat from * to end of row. Break Yarn. Thread end through remaining sts. Draw up and fasten securely. Sew thumb seam.

TO MAKE REMAINDER OF MITT:
With right side of work facing, join yarn to last st on right hand needle. Pick up and knit 2 sts at base of thumb. Knit across sts on left hand needle.
Next Row: Purl across row, purling together the 2 sts picked up at base of thumb. 32(40)(44) sts.

Continue even in stocking stitch until work from top of ribbing measures 4 1/4 (5 3/4)(6 1/4) ins [11(15)(16)cm] ending with a purl row.

TO SHAPE TOP:
First Row: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k10(14)(16), k2tog, k2, sl1, k1,psso. Knit to last 3 sts. k2tog, k1. Purl 1 row.
Third Row: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k8(12)(14), k2tog, k2, sl1, k1, psso. Knit to last 3 sts. k2tog, k1. Purl 1 row.
Fifth Row: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k6(10)(12), k2tog, k2, sl1, k1, psso. Knit to last 3 sts. k2tog, k1. Purl 1 row.
Continue decreasing in this manner, having 2 sts less between decreases every alternate row to 16 sts on needle. Cast off purlwise. Sew top and side seams.

LEFT MITT:
Work ribbing as for right mitt.

TO MAKE THUMB GUSSET:
Work in stocking stitch for 6 (8)(10) rows ending with a purl row.
First Row: k12(16)(18). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to end of row. Purl 1 row.
Third Row: k12(16)(18). Inc 1 st in next st. k2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row. Purl 1 row.
Fifth Row: k12(16)(18). Inc 1 st in next st. k4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row. Continue inc in this way, having 2 sts more between increases for thumb gusset every alternate row to 40(52)(56) sts on needle. Purl 1 row.

TO MAKE THUMB:
k22(30)(32). Turn. Cast on 1 st. p10(14)(14) including cast on st. Turn. Cast on 1 st. Working on these 11(15)(15) finish thumb and remainder of mitt as given for right mitt.

FINISHING:
When mitts have been completed, turn them inside out and gently fluff the fleece to create a thick lining.

A Yarn Forwardtm Pattern.