I finished the second mitten and wrote out a pattern. I have driven with them on - these are very warm - but they are too chunky to fit in my pocket when I take them off - I'm thinking about crocheting a long chain and running it through the sleeves of my coat (like toddler mittens) so that I won't lose them...
Using size 13 needles - cast on 18 sts.
Work in K1, P1, ribbing across. Continue ribbing for 12 rows increasing 1 st at each end of last row. (20 sts.)
Work Stockinette st for 4 rows.
Increase for thumb: Knit 9 sts. Increase one st. on the 10th and 11th stitches - I do this by knitting into the front and the back of the stitch – but there are other methods of increasing and you can use any that you prefer – place a marker between the increased stitches - knit to the end.
P10, place marker, P2, place marker, p10.
K10, K1 and increase, K1 and increase, K 10.
K10, K1 and increase, K2, K1 and increase, K 10.
K10, K1 and increase, K4, K1 and increase, K 10.
Turn work and K10 and continue in stockinette st. across 8 stitches for thumb for 6 rows.
Of course if the little bulky bump bothers you, you can transfer the thumb stitches to another needle to knit them, but I just knit them right in the middle.
K2 tog across –
cut yarn at about 18 inches weave through the 4 remaining thumb stitches and pull tight – then using the tail stitch the thumb closed, and still using this tail of yarn k1 and increase 1 and knit to the end.
This is the wrong side...
and this is the right side...
At the end of the row reattach the working yarn and continue in stockinette stitch until the mitten is long enough to cover your little (pinky) finger.
Start decreasing as follows.
Row 1: K 2 tog, knit 6, K2 tog, K1, SSK, knit 6, SSK
Row 2 and all-even rows. Purl across even.
Row 3: K 2 tog, knit 4, K2 tog, K1, SSK, knit 4, SSK
Row 5: K 2 tog, knit 2, K2 tog, K1, SSK, knit 2, SSK
Row 7: K 2 tog, K2 tog, K1, SSK, SSK
Weave yarn through stitches leaving a tail for sewing side seam. Turn right sides together and stitch front to back. Weave in loose ends and turn right side out.
Make another mitten...