Foliage Lace Mitts

As you may have seen in my last post, I have been working on a lace shawl.  I began knitting it last summer but was a bit too frustrated with the pace of knitting lace (slow) as well as the amount of concentration required for such an endeavor (lots). I put it away with the best intentions of coming back to it at some point. That point happened to be a full year later on the eve before I embarked to California. I hadn’t been knitting anything, and decided that I needed a project to work on while waiting in airports, train stations, or needed some downtime. I remembered this little number that was so compact and yet time-intensive. Lace, as it turns out, is the perfect travel project.

Alas, after all of the progress I have made on said shawl, the weather is turning colder and I am hearing the beckoning call of worsted weight yarn. I have put away the shawl for now, and have decided to move on to more weather-appropriate projects but, for some reason, I can’t quite quit the lovely femininity of a touch of lace.

You remember the time I was without internet? I was not only unable to blog, but also unable to access Ravelry- where I get all of my free knitting patterns. Being of resourceful mind, I decided that it might be a good time to try something on my own. Since I had been knitting lace, I decided to find a nice stitch pattern in Vogue Stitchionary, and incorporate it into some lacy fingerless mitts. What follows is a breakthrough for me. I realized that with some experience and a frame of reference I can not only design things, but I can make them as well. This is my most profound knitting breakthrough yet. I hope you enjoy these (find them on Ravelry)!

Foliage Lace Mitts

These cozy mitts are embellished with a lacy foliage stitch. Don a pair and enjoy the waning sunlight and changing leaves.

Gague- 6 sts/inch

Needles- US 5 DPNs

Yarn- Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash sport weight- 2 50g balls

Notions- Row counter, tapestry needle, scissors

Cast on 40 sts. Transfer 20 sts to one needle, and split the remaining 20 sts between 2 needles.

The lace stitch pattern is to be worked on the needle with 20 sts, with the remainder of the mitts in stockinette stitch. Mitts to be worked in the round.

Right Mitt:

Lace pattern is as follows with even rows ss and pattern repeating every 12 rows:

1.       k5, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k2, knit to end

3.    k4, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k7, knit to end

5.    k3, p2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p2tog, k6, knit to end

7.    k2, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k5, knit to end

9.    k7, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k4, knit to end

11.  k6, p2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p2tog, k3, knit to end

Knit 5 pattern repeats and begin thumb gusset while continuing lace stitch.

1.       k5, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k4, kfb, k3, kfb, knit to end

2.       knit

3.       k4, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2 p2tog, k7, knit to end

4.       k22, kfb, k5, kfb, knit to end

5.       k3, p2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p2tog, k6, knit to end

6.       knit

7.       k2, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k7, kfb, k7, kfb, knit to end

8.       knit

9.       k7, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k4, knit to end

10.   k22, kfb, k9, kfb, knit to end

11.   k6, p2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p2tog, k3, knit to end

12.   knit

(lace pattern begins 7th repeat)

13.   k5, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k4, kfb, k11, kfb, knit to end

14.   knit

15.   k4, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k7, knit to end

16.   knit 22, place 15 sts on stitch holder, make 5 stitches, knit to end

Continue knitting until there are 8 full lace pattern repeats. Cast off.

Thumb

Pick up 5 sts from back of thumb, and divide 20 sts between 4 needles

SS 4 rows

K2tog, k1, k2tog, knit to end (18 sts)

SS 2 more rows (7 rows total)

Cast off

Left Mitt:

Knit as directed for right mitt and, reverse the thumb directions as follows:

1.       k5, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k15, kfb, k3, kfb, knit to end

2.       knit

3.       k4, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k7, knit to end

4.       k33, kfb, k5, kfb, knit to end

5.       k3, p2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p2tog, k6, knit to end

6.       knit

7.       k2, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k18, kfb, k7, kfb, knit to end

8.       knit

9.       k7, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k4, knit to end

10.   k33, kfb, k9, kfb, knit to end

11.   k6, p2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p2tog, k3, knit to end

12.   knit

(lace pattern begins 7th repeat)

13.   k5, p2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2tog, k15, kfb, k11, kfb, knit to end

14.   knit

15.   k4, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, k7, knit to end

16.   knit 22, place 15 sts on stitch holder, make 5 stitches, knit to end



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28 responses to “Foliage Lace Mitts

  1. 4flamingo4-Gwendolyn

    These are so elegant–i’ve been looking for a pattern for fingerless gloves/mitts for my oldest daughter living in snow country–let’s just admit it folks we need our fingers and thumbs to be truly functional–i believe these will be very well received.
    Thank you
    InJoy

  2. These are lovely! Thank you for sharing the pattern :)

  3. ObsydianRose

    I tried to make these but it seems that some of the holes are too big. It seems to be the yarn overs going from the knit stitch to the p2tog. Some have suggested I try doing a backward yarn over but I can’t get the hang of it. How did you get it to look so neat and even?

    • Sorry! I just got a chance to look over it and discovered that I accidentally omitted the k2 between the yo and p2tog (edits have been updated). Please forgive me! Thanks for your sharp eye.

  4. ObsydianRose

    I’m just glad to know I wasn’t missing something obvious and that you got back to me. Thank you for the response, I really want to try these again now.

  5. Love the pattern and as the temperature drops I need some car mitts for those cold mornings. But I can’t figure out what kfb means? I’m a Norwegian knitter and need the help since I’m not too familiar with all English knitting expressions. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Mourie, kfb means “knit front and back” of that particular stitch- you’ll end up with 2 where there was one.
      Thanks for stopping by- let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. Sarah

    Holy shit, you are know OFFICIALLY a domestic goddess! Writing your own lace patters?! I’m impressed.

  7. You can indeed design and knit! These are beautiful! I don’t usually reply to the artists who design and give away patterns, but yours is gorgeous. Pat yourself on the back!

  8. zanne

    these look beautiful. i’m going to give them a try. i hope you don’t mind if i alter them a bit to make them full mittens for myself or leg warmers for dancers.

  9. Leslee Ramirez

    I am a little confused on how you want the make 5 stitches done on Row 16 of pattern for both right and left mittens. Do you want them worked between two stitches one at a time, or all 5 at once, or use the pearl nub behind the next 5 stitches to make one in each. Either way, are they to be worked further at this point or carried along until they are picked up for the thumb. Sorry for my confusion. I have a friend who would love these mittens, I have made one and frogged it due to not understanding what you wanted here. Beautiful pattern, can’t wait to see more from you.

    • Sorry for not getting back to you! you can make 5 stitches however you like. After you put the 15 on the stitch holder (this will be the stitches for the thumb) you’ll need 5 more to fill in the gap and make the hole for the thumb (and to return to the number of stitches before you start increasing for the thumb gusset). You’ll keep the 15 on the holder until you’re finished with the finger portion and knit on with the 5 you have just made. I hope that helps.

  10. Rachael Shores

    Is there a way I can make this pattern shorter? I would like to have the pattern repeat 4 or 5 times. I’ll work on figuring it out as I start it. I’m just new to knitting and haven’t gotten the logistics of it yet. Awesome pattern.

    • Rachael, If you want to shorten the pattern, I would recommend knitting the pattern repeat 2 times before starting on the thumb gusset. I think they’ll make adorable wristlets!

  11. Kim Leong

    First of all I have to say I love this lace pattern!
    But I’m having a little trouble: how do you do the thumb? I finished the 5 repeats of lace I’m just a little confused how to start it?

    • Kim, I wrote the pattern to include the thumb gusset. If you continue with the pattern you will see the gusset begin to take shape. Another way of looking at it is to increase 2 stitches every 3rd row on the 2nd stitch after the lace pattern on each row. I feel that it’s confusing any way I tried to write it and so I included it in the pattern itself. I hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Maria

    Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern, I already made one pair for a friend and planning to make another one for myself! One little notion about the pattern: for the Left mitt I guess that on the last line (16.) you mean “knit 33″ instead of “knit 22″, otherwise you would be making another Right mitt. Please correct if I’m wrong. And thank you again!

    • Hi Maria,
      Sorry, I’ve been MIA on the blog-o-sphere. Thanks for the tip, I really need to edit the pattern, as there has been some fairly consistent confusion. I’m glad you like the pattern. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Lisa

    I also love the pattern you’ve created and have finished the right hand. I have a question, though as I’m nearing the end of the left side. The pattern looks to be the same for both the left and the right when it comes to the thumb placement: line 16: knit 22, place 15 sts on holder, make 5, knit to end. Should I knit 33, then place 15 in holder for the left thumb? Thanks in advance!

  14. April

    Hi Sarah,

    This is a really beautiful pattern and thank you very much for sharing it!

    I completed the right hand glove and it turned out fairly well (for a first attempt!). After I finished the left hand glove, though, I realized that the thumb gusset was on the right side, not the left.

    Now, I did follow the left hand glove directions: completed 5 repeats of lace pattern, began at Left Mitt directions, placed stitches on holder, completed one more lace pattern, cast off. Not sure how I managed to come up with two right hand gloves! Was there something I was supposed to do during the Left Mitt directions, like complete it backwards or something, that I missed?

    Thanks,
    April

    • So, this is my first pattern, and it seem as though I could have described the left thumb gusset just a *little* bit better. Thanks for your persistence and I hope you’re not too discouraged by my poor pattern-writing skills. The lace pattern stays the same throughout the mitt (first 20 stitches) and it helps to think of the last 20 stitches as the side with the thumb. I probably should have written the pattern this way. While the lace pattern is every other row, the thumb gusset increases every 3rd row. If you start the gusset for the right mitt 2 sts in on the back side and 13 sts in on the left mitt you should be set. Let me know if that does not help at all and I work on updating the pattern to make it easier to understand!

  15. April

    Sarah,
    You did a great job on your first pattern! For full disclosure, this was my first pair of gloves, ever. I didn’t have problem with the pattern, per se, it was line 16 that threw me. Once I counted out 33 stitches, instead of 22, it turned out okay. I would love an updated version of your pattern as I want to make another pair as soon as possible!

    I hope to see more patterns that you develop!

    Best,
    April

  16. jodi

    Hi. I got totally stuck on these beautiful mitts when I got to the thumb as well-thank you for posting your last post yesterday- I got it! Perfect timing as I hit the thumb gusset yesterday. Great job, and thank you so much for sharing, I know my friend is going to looooooooove these this spring.

  17. Rachael

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557948784#!/photo.php?fbid=1834126063735&set=a.1255761244976.38298.1557948784&theater.

    I don’t know if this link will work but I’ve completed my 3rd pair of these. I love this pattern, I now have it pretty much memorized and I am getting tons of compliments. Thank you so much. Also, I need to purchase this pattern in some way. I am getting requests for people to pay me for this. Thank you.

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