The Simply Easy Mittens | Knit with Me Tutorial

It is been so long since I have done a tutorial, let alone design a pattern of my own. 
I fell in love with the pointy style mittens long ago and decided it was high time I made a pattern for myself that used bulkier yarn. Not only does it knit faster, it is super cute too. 

So, these cozy mittens will be a fast, easy and simple addition to any Christmas gift this year. I also took the time to knit one up for a video tutorial. So sit down with a cup of tea and knit with me!

The Simply Easy Mittens

What you will need:
1 Skein of Bulky Weight Yarn
6.5mm Double Point Needles (Or circulars for Magic Loop)
Stitch markers
Tape Measure
Scissors
Waste yarn
Darning Needle

Abbreviations:
K – Knit
P – Purl
K2tog – Knit two together
M1 – Make one
M1L – Make one left
M1R – Make one right
PM – Place marker
SM – Slip marker
RM – Remove marker

Instructions:

Cuff
Cast on 24 stitches
1. K2, P2 for 14 rows or for however long you would like the cuff to be.
15. K12, M1, K12

Thumb Gusset
16. K14, PM, M1R, K2, M1L, PM, K to end of row
17. Knit
* Repeat rows 16 and 17 until there are 8 stitches between the markers
Using darning needle and waste yarn, slip the yarn into the stitches between the markers before removing them
Next row, K to first marker, RM, then slip 8 stitches on the waste yarn off the needle, RM, K to end of row

Hand
K round each row for approx 5 inches, or 1 inche shorter than desired length

Hand Decreases
The top of this mitten is knitted on two needles. 
K 12 stitches onto first needle, then K12 onto the second
Next row: K2tog in the back loop, K to 2 stitches from the end of needle 1, K2tog in the front loop. Repeat on needle 2. 
Next row: Knit
Repeat these two rows until there are 8 stitches (4 on each needle) left.  
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail, pull through remaining stitches and weave in ends. 

Thumb
Slip stitches from waste yarn on to 2 needles and pick up 2 stitches on either side. 
Knit in the round for 2 1/2 inches 
K2tog around, cut yarn, weave in ends, closing up any holes from the thumb. 


I hope you enjoyed this small tutorial. I hope I can create more videos, maybe a bit shorter next time!

Until then, 

Keep Stitching!

Rachel



Christmas Countdown | Week 6, 5 & 4!!

Sorry things have been so quiet here this past few weeks! We’ve all been either sick or running around like crazy! Who knew some snow on the ground and colder weather would cause us to become so busy-busy!

But its raining today, the snow is gone and I realized I have been neglecting my blog and the countdown!!

Since Christmas is less than a month away (EEK!) here are some excellent last minute gifts that you can make yourself and are suitable for all budgets!!

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Christmas Countdown | Week 8 & 7!!

I am sitting here sipping some tea while nursing a headache and enjoying a bit of the sunshine between the gloomy clouds and rain today. This passed weekend was the time change, so we have lost lots of sleep. Being a parent sometimes has its pitfalls, sleeping is one of them. I miss sleep. 

This post is combining the last two weeks because, well, Mom brain and Mom duties sometimes blogging challenging. 

In honor of that, I am going to share some fun gift ideas that you can make for your kiddos this year!

Here we go!


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Shop Updates and Happenings…

Its been awhile since I have just ‘written’ out a blog post so, since its well over due, here is whats been going on in the W.E.S work shop lately!

I have been spinning a lot, and knitting. With Christmas creeping up fast I am feeling the panic to get things done. But with a bad case of ‘Projectstartitis’ I keep starting new things before finishing others, adding to my stress! Ah! 

This week I have decided to catch up on some those projects to get it under control since there is only 8 weeks left till the big day and I need to have all gifts done early enough to ship them!

Things I have been spinning are some super chunky holiday themed yarn. 

“Candycane”
“Jack Frost”

I haven’t had a ton of motivation to sew, but I spent some time upcycling some wool sweaters into some super cozy wool longies and shorties (Diaper covers) for my sister who is cloth diapering.  I still have so much material left over, but not big enough pieces for larger covers, so I might have to make some smaller ones or use them up and make some dryer balls. Either way I plan on doing a little tutorial on how I made these in the New Year. So you’ll have to stay tuned for that!

Not sure what I am going to do with the rest of it. Until then, they sit in a bin in my dining room (I should really put them away somewhere else :S )


Aren’t they just the cutiest?

I’ve also been working on a pair of socks with some custom dyed yarn for my nephew, he requested blue and red socks, so I am attempting to make it happen. So far I have one sock done but no photos. 

Other things I have on the go for the holidays is the Antler Cardigan for the kiddo in my worsted weight yarn in the color Canadiana, I’ll have to dye more of that now but its turning out beautifully. 

If you don’t already follow my on Instagram, please do! I share lots of the happenings on there, lots of photos of projects and upcoming goodies. This weeks shop update is going to include a big batch of project bags, hats and mittens. 

It is busy like Santas Workshop over here!!

Until next time my friends, 

Keep Stitching!

Rachel