No fooling - the April Mittens are here! Inspired by the ingenious construction of the Irish Mittens we picked up on our yarn-designing trip back in 2015, the April Mittens are knit in two halves: the back of the hand and the palm. The pieces are then joined around the edge using a crocheted slipped stitch. Because of this method, the April Mittens can be knit using one circular needle or a pair of straights, which makes them ideal for the knitter who doesn't love using DPNs.
The cables running up the back of the hand were inspired by classic Aran patterns and the stitch pattern used on the palm is a basic broken rib, creating a sturdy fabric that is texturally interesting.
To create the thumb gusset, the increases happen on every row instead of every other row and then only one stitch is picked up at the back of the thumb. This makes for a very comfortable fit that follows the shape of the hand nicely.
YARN: The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering (60% merino wool, 30% masham wool, 10% mohair; 328 yds/100 gm skein): castlerigg, 1 skein.
30 sts and 41 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Broken Ribbing on larger needles, after blocking.
Front Cable Panel (30 sts) = 3.25” (8.25 cm) wide.
1 - US 1 (2.25 mm) circular or pair straights.
1 - US 2 (2.75 mm) circular or pair straights
1 - set US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs.
1 - US C (2.75 mm) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, cable needle.
SIZE: 11” (28 cm) length, 8” (20.25 cm) circumference.
SKILLS: Working cables from charts, basic crochet.
• For a tutorial on working from charts, visit our Charts Series here.
• For a tutorial on cabling without a cable needle, visit our tutorial here.
• For a tutorial on crocheting the mittens together, visit our tutorial here.