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Child's Knitted Mittens(from
Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet, 1918)
terms and stitches used)
Child's Knitted Mittens
Use Saxony yarn with needles of suitable size, as you
knit tight or loose. No. 17 is a good average size.
Cast 18 stitches on each of three needles.
Knit 2, purl 1; repeat, until the wrist is of length desired,
say two inches.
For the pattern, knit as follows:
2, 3, 4. Knit 2, purl 1.
These 4 rows are repeated throughout.
Begin to widen for the thumb in the 2d row above the
wrist; to widen pick up a stitch between needles and knit it,
knit 1, widen, and continue in pattern. Knit 2 rows, in
pattern, and again widen, knit 3, widen, across base of
thumb. Continue in this way, adding 2 stitches between
the widenings every 3d row, and keeping as closely as possible
to the pattern, until you have 21 stitches across the
thumb. Knit around twice in pattern and take the thumb-stitches
off on a strong thread.
Knit around in pattern, and when you come to the
thumb cast on 7 stitches, or one third the number widened
for the thumb. Continue knitting the hand to the tip of the
little finger, then commence narrowing. The manner in
which this is done depends on the shape of the hand to be
fitted. For an ordinary mitten, narrow every 5th stitch,
and knit 5 times around; then narrow every 4th stitch and
knit 4 times around; every 3d stitch and knit 3 times
around; every 2d stitch and knit twice around; then narrow,
knit 1, repeat around, knit once around, narrow every
stitch, draw yarn through, and darn the end neatly and
securely. It is an excellent plan to "run" the tip of a mitten
on the wrong side, as you do the heel of a stocking,
since it makes it wear longer, especially if intended for
rough usage. The narrowing of a child's mitten may begin
with every 4th stitch. Also, if the hand is long and slender,
an additional row may be knitted between the widenings
for the thumb.
Take the stitches off the thread on 2 needles, and with
the 3d pick up and knit the stitches across the hand, which
were cast on. When knitting around the first time, narrow
once each end of the picked-up stitches.
Even the stitches on the needles, and knit around in pattern
until you reach the base of the nail, then narrow off,
beginning with once in 3 stitches. Draw through the last
stitches at tip and darn down.
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