It's been a while...
I've been making stuff for other people, and my poor kids have been missing out. Well, according to them, they have. I promised both of them a pair of mitts a wee while ago, but so far haven't followed through. So I had a look at the patterns on Ravelry, and couldn't really find anything I wanted to make that was in Anton's size, so I made it up as I went. He was home from school with a tummy bug at the time, and was watching Monsters Inc. on dvd. Between that and the slightly hairy look of the yarn I used, Monster Mitts were spawned.
The dimensions of these mitts are as follows:
5.5" around knuckles
They fit my wee nearly 6 year old just fine, with room for growth.
The pattern will follow the usual blah blah which is along the lines of: Feel free to use the pattern to make mitts for yourself, your kids, your cats/dogs/giraffes whoever. You can use the pattern to make mitts to sell, as long as you credit me/link to my blog for the pattern. Let me know if something's unclear, or doesn't make sense, and I'll try to sort it out.
You will need:
Around 50g DK yarn. I used Magic Garden "Allsorts" which has approximately 123 metres. Because of the 30% polyester effect yarn, it's lighter than pure wool, and I have a little left (5-10gm) but if you were to use pure wool it might be closer to an entire 50gm ball.
3.75mm circular needles
3.25mm circular needles
2 small safety pins or waste yarn for the thumb gusset stitches.
Using larger needles, CO 36 stitches. Join for working in the round with 18sts on each needle, and work 2" in 2x2 rib. (To make the mitts for bigger hands, increase your stitch count in increments of 4).
Knit for 1".
Now to begin the thumb gusset:
At the beginning of the next round, Kfb, then knit to end of round (37sts).
Next round: Kfb, knit to end of round (38sts).
Next round: (Kfb) twice, place marker (pm), knit to end of round.
Next round: Kfb, k2, kfb, pm, knit to end.
Next round: Kfb, k4, kfb, pm, knit to end.
Carry on like this until you have made 16 extra stitches before the marker. On the next round, place the extra stitches on the safety pins (8 on each) or onto waste yarn. Knit a further 4 rounds, ensuring that you pull the yarn tight over the thumb gusset join.
Knit the final inch in 2x2 rib, bind off loosely in rib.
Using the smaller circular needle, place half the thumb gusset stitches on each needle, and work 2x2 rib, joining to work in the round. Work 3 rounds, then bind off loosely in rib.
Work in the ends, and make its mate. Enjoy!