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Saturday, 3 January 2015
A quick and easy knitting pattern to make mittens for all of your favourite dolls!
Work them up in any size and three different styles.
Inspired by my daughter's first doll~ at age 9! Or should I say, the first doll she has ever been interested in? Either way, Samantha has arrived and naturally (must be said with the confident sauciness of a 9 year old girl) she needs mittens to survive the cold Canadian winter.  
Enjoy, and feel free to share!
A link back and credit to beneath the Rowan Tree would be wonderfully kind ♥

Stay Warm Mittens for Dolls
Quick, easy and endlessly adaptable-- grab your scrap yarn and needles, and warm up your little one's favourite dolly!

{Find this pattern on Ravelry}

This pattern can be knit to fit a variety of dolls of various sizes.
The base pattern is created for American Girl 18" dolls, but is easily adapted for various dolls using the base pattern in varying weight yarn or different needle size.
Make them fingerless or drop the thumbs for Waldorf and other less articulated doll hands (or to help toddlers put them on their dolly).  
Other suggestions:
Add intarsia patterns (best between rows 1-9 after the creation of the thumb space)
Lengthen cuffs for a different look
Make stripes or dots
Add textured stitches
Make a hat and scarf to match
Embroider finished mitts with a sweet motif
Add a string to keep the mitts together (not suggested for young children, or keep it short!)
If you want to alter the size by lengthening or shortening sections to fit your particular doll, this handy-dandy graphic shows you the various sections. Changes are best made in the cuff and the body. 
 
Supplies:
Size 3 US/ 3.25 mm DPNS OR size needed to make gauge/ or custom size
Worsted weight yarn in scrap amounts
GAUGE:  6 stitches and 7 rows = 1"
Yarn needle
Stitch marker and holder (optional)

Glossary:
CO cast on
BO bind off
K knit
P purl
K2Tog knit two together 

Skills:
Mittens are knit in the round on double pointed needles.
Long tail cast on and backward loop cast on are used.
Picking up and knitting stitches.

Pattern (Basic Mitten):
LEFT MITTEN
CO 18 stitches (use a stretchy cast on like long tail cast on).
Divide stitches evenly over 3 needles (referred to as 1,2 and 3)
Place marker (if desired, you can just use the cast on tail to mark the start of the round).
Work in K1P1 for 5 rows.
K 5 rows.
Next row: remove first three stitches and place on holder or scrap yarn.
Before continuing, backwards loop CO 3 stitches onto needle 3.
Return attention to needle 1 and knit one row(needle 3 will have 9 stitches for this one round). **This is Row 1 for the mitten body.**
Before carrying on to row 2, 
slip the 3 created stitches OFF of needle 3 on to your empty 4th needle. 
Proceed to knit the three stitches off of needle 1.
You will now have 6 stitches on each needle again.
Finish the row (row 2).
K 7 more rows. 
*K1, K2Tog* 6 times (12 stitches)
K one row
*k1, K2Tog* 4 times (8 stitches)
K one row
Cut yarn, Use yarn needle to pull tail through remaining stitches and draw closed.
Weave in end.
THUMB
Place 3 thumb stitches on needle 1.
Pick up and knit 2 stitches evenly around thumb opening with needles 2 and 3. (7 stitches)
K4 rows.
*k1, k2tog* twice, k1
Cut yarn, use yarn needle to pull tail through thumb stitches and draw closed.
Weave in end.
Weave in any remaining ends.
RIGHT MITTEN
CO 18 stitches (use a stretchy cast on like long tail cast on).
Divide stitches evenly over 3 needles (referred to as 1,2 and 3)
Place marker (if desired, you can just use the cast on tail to mark the start of the round).
Work in K1P1 for 5 rows.
K 5 rows.
Next row: K9, put next three stitches and place on holder or scrap yarn.
Before continuing, backwards loop CO 3 stitches onto needle 2.
K remaining 6 stitches of this row (Row 1 of body is now complete).
You will now have 6 stitches on each needle again.
K 8 more rows. 
*K1, K2Tog* 6 times (12 stitches)
K one row
*k1, K2Tog* 4 times (8 stitches)
K one row
Cut yarn, Use yarn needle to pull tail through remaining stitches and draw closed.
Weave in end.
THUMB
Complete as for left mitten.
Finish and embellish as desired.
 
VARIATIONS
For the fingerless mittens:  
 Lengthen the cuff by 2-3 rows, if desired.  
When you come to the creation of the thumb space, 
BO the three stitches that you would place on a holder for the standard mitten, and CO 3 stitches as directed for each standard mitten.
Continue knitting the body for 2-3 rows, BO.
For the thumbless mittens:
Knit as for the standard mitten, simply omitting the creation of the thumb space/ thumb.
And you are done!
And all the dollies say, "Thumbs up!"
This pattern is offered freely and for sharing by Beneath the Rowan Tree.
Please be kind and give credit ♥
©beneaththerowantree, 2015.

1 comments:

Blue Bells and Cockle Shells said...

Thanks for sharing! We have a few dolls around here that are in need of mittens!

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