serpent mittens knitting pattern

This was the first knitting pattern (& to date, actually the only knitting pattern) I ever devised on my own.. It’s been available on ravelry for a while now, but I thought I’d share it on my blog too incase there are any knitters out there who aren’t on ravelry. (If you knit & you’re not on ravelry, go & join right now!)

So, serpent mittens!

 

Materials:  4mm (US 6 / UK 8) DPNs, double knit wool, 2-3 stitch markers, a stitch holder or some scrap wool, a tapestry needle for finishing.

Gague: – 12 stitches & 20 rows = 2” square

Finished Measurements: – 7” in length, 3.5” across when laying flat.

Abbreviations:  CO – cast on, DPN – double pointed needles, YO – yarn over, K2tog – knit two stitches together KFB – knit into front of the stitch & then into the back, SSK – slip slip knit (slip two stitches onto the right hand needle & then knit them together through the back loops), PM – place stitch marker, SLM – slip the marker from the left needle to the right needle.

For Both Mittens:

CO 40 stitches & divide them among 3 DPN’s (I found it easiest to divide them 16, 12, 12)

Cuff Rounds 1-6: (*K1, P1) *repeat to end.

Cuff Round 7:  knit.

Begin to work the chart.

Rounds 1-28: k5, work chart, k to end.

Right Thumb:

R29: k5, work chart, k7, pm, k2, pm, k to end.

 R30:k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, kfb, slm, k to end. (4sts between markers)

 R31: k5, work chart, k to end.

 R32: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k2, kfb, slm, k to end. (6sts between markers)

 R33: k5, work chart, k to end.

 R34: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k4, kfb,slm, k to end. (8sts between markers)

 R35:  k5, work chart, k to end.

 R36: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k6, kfb, slm, k to end. (10sts between markers)

 R37: k5, work chart, k to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, slm, k to next marker, slm, kfb, k to end.

 R38: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k8, kfb, slm, k to end. (12sts between markers)

 R39:  k5, work chart, k to end.

 R40:  k5, work chart, k to marker, remove marker, place following 12 sts on holder or scrap yarn, remove marker, knit to end.

  

Left Thumb:

R29: k5, work chart, k to last 4 sts, pm, k2, pm, k to end.

 R30: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, kfb, slm, k to end. (4sts between markers)

 R31: k5, work chart, k to end.

 R32: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k2, kfb, slm, k to end. (6sts between markers)

 R33: k5, work chart, k to end.

 R34: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k4, kfb, slm, k to end. (8sts between markers)

 R35: k5, work chart, k to end.

 R36: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k6, kfb, slm, k to end. (10sts between markers)

 R37:  k5, work chart, k to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, slm, k to next marker, slm, kfb, k to end.

 R38: k5, work chart, k to marker, slm, kfb, k8, kfb, slm, k to end. (12sts between markers)

 R39:  k5, work chart, k to end.

 R40: k5, work chart, k to marker, remove marker, place following 12 sts on holder or scrap yarn, remove marker, knit to end.

For both mittens: 

R41-47: k5, work chart, k to end.  

R48-50: knit all stitches.

 R50-51: purl all stitches, and then cast off loosely.

 To finish the thumbs: Pick up the 12 stitches from the waste yarn/stitch holder & divide amongst 3DPNs.  Work 3 rows of knit followed by two rows of purl & cast off all stitches loosely.  Weave in all loose ends, wear & enjoy!

 

As I said, that was my first ever attempt at devising & writing down a pattern, so please forgive any mistakes & if you have any feedback or questions please feel free to leave me a comment or drop me a note!

C xx

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