pattern and fo: GAPtastic (inspired) mitts

14 11 2014

the lovely and elegant GAPtastic cowl was a quick knit that became an instant favorite of mine.  as of this writing there are over 12,000 GAPtastic projects!  my GAPtastic was made the remnants of a frogged sweater made with cascade 220, held double.  as i had quite a bit leftover, i thought i would make some warm mittens to accompany my new favorite knitwear.

these dense mittens are super warm and comfy.  for extra warmth or to keep the chill out, knit the cuffs a bit longer.  as the cowl is considered a good beginner project, these may be a good introduction into knitting in the round for a fearless beginner or someone already comfortable with the basics of knitting and purling.

Gaptastic Mittens
GAPtastic (inspired) mitts
pattern: my own (my ravelry link) in cascade 220 (doubled)
color: unknown
1 skein | 220 yds : 100 g | 100% wool
gauge: 3.5 stitches per inch
needles: US #10 6 mm circs (for magic loop or dpns)
notes: this pattern has not been proofread

materials:
1 skein cascade 220, divided and balled. you will hold two strands together for a bulky weight yarn. (lucky you if you already own bulky!)
knitting needles: US #10 (6mm) circular needles length sufficient for magic loop or 4 dpns
waste yarn
knitting markers
darning needle

pattern key:
co – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
pm – place marker
m1r – make 1 leaning right
m1l – make 1 leaning left
k2tog – knit 2 together

instructions:
cast on – 28 stitches using long-tail method or any other stretchy cast on. arrange stitches on circular needles (magic loop) or equally on 3 dpns. join in the round, being careful not to twist stiches.

cuff – k2p2 for 2.5″

gusset – k14, pm, m1r, k1, m1l, k to end of round
k x 2 rounds
increase every 3rd round until there are 9 stitches in between markers, k to end of round
k to pm, place stitches between pm on waste yarn, co 2 stitches, k to end of round

body
*(for left hand)
k14, k1p1 to the end of the round
k14, p1k1 to the end of the round
continue in this pattern for 2.5″ then continue in stockinette until 1.5″ from desired length
begin decreases. (k5, k2tog) repeat to end of round. (24 stitches)
k to end of round
(k4, k2tog) repeat to end of round
k to end of round
(k3, k2tog) repeat to end of round
(k2, k2 tog) repeat to end of round
k2tog, repeat to end of round
break yarn, and using darning needle, pull through remaining stitches. pull tightly and weave in securely on the wrong side
*(for right hand)
(k1p1)x7, k14
(p1k1)x7, k14
continue in this pattern for 2.5″ then continue in stockinette until 1.5″ from desired length
begin decreases. (k5, k2tog) repeat to end of round. (24 stitches)
k to end of round
(k4, k2tog) repeat to end of round
k to end of round
(k3, k2tog) repeat to end of round
(k2, k2 tog) repeat to end of round
k2tog, repeat to end of round
break yarn, and using darning needle, pull through remaining stitches. pull tightly and weave in securely on the wrong side

thumb – place 9 stitches on needle, pick up 5 stitches from around thumb hole
knit for 1.5″ (or for length of thumb)
(k2, k2tog) x3, k2
(k1, k2tog) x3, k2
k2tog to end of round. break yarn, and using darning needle, pull through remaining stitches. pull tightly and weave in securely on the wrong side

finishing – weave in all remaining ends.

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