Pattern: Snowflake Mitts

A friend recently sent me a photo of his son wearing socks on his hands, because the baby mittens they had were flimsy and fell off constantly. I was appalled, obviously, and set about knitting up some tiny mitts from this classic Purl Bee post.

The pattern itself is very simple and uses such small amounts of yarn that it’s a perfect leftovers project. I have a fair amount of scrap fingering weight from all the shawls I made back in October, so I started thinking up other variations that incorporated colorwork. Here, then, are some wee Snowflake Mitts, knit up with scraps from this Antarktis shawl and this version of Purl’s Baby Girl Fair Isle Cardigan.

Materials

Gauge

7 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using the MC and the larger needles

Size

3 to 9 months

Pattern

NOTE: The bulk of this pattern is based on a design that was published on the Purl Bee. Only the Fair Isle chart is my own original work.

Make 2 mitts, as follows. Work the cuff as written:

With the Contrast Color (CC) and smaller needles, cast on 32 stitches.

Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Cut yarn. Change to MC.

Knit one round.

Next Round: *K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end.

Repeat previous round 11 more times.

Switch to larger needles and follow the Fair Isle chart below; blue squares are MC and white squares are CC.

Snowflake Mitts Fair Isle Chart

After finishing Row 21 of the chart, begin the decrease rows, as written:

Decrease Round: K5, ssk, k1, k2tog, k11, ssk, k1, k2tog, knit to end. (28 stitches)

Decrease Round: K4, ssk, k1, k2tog, k9, ssk, k1, k2tog, knit to end. (24 stitches)

Decrease Round: K3, ssk, k1, k2tog, k7, ssk, k1, k2tog, knit to end. (20 stitches)

Decrease Round: K2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k5, ssk, k1, k2tog, knit to end. (16 stitches)

Decrease Round: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, ssk, k1, k2tog, knit to end. (12 stitches)

Decrease Round: Ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, knit last stitch. (8 stitches)

Thread working yarn through remaining stitches and weave in ends.

Optional: Join the mitts together with a length of I-cord, about 2 feet long.

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