We hope you had a nice little break last week from BiCrafty Bootcamp even though it was unplanned. Our apologies for that last-minute change. Marly was off being in charge of more than half a dozen teenagers. And we might have still pulled it together but Kathryn got super sick with a summer cold that totally knocked her out. So, as you likely saw via email or social media, we gave you the week off. Did you use it to catch up on past lessons? Did you practice some new stitches? Maybe you returned to crochet? Or perhaps you just gave your hands a rest? Whatever your process, here we are again, back to BiCrafty Bootcamp. And now we’re going to learn how to knit mittens.
Mittens to Complement Your Hat and Cowl Projects
We thought that learning how to knit mittens would be a great way to wrap up a full set of accessories. Throughout May, you made your first knit cowl in the round. (Remember all lessons are here.) Then you were able to make a matchy-matchy hat for it, if you wanted. Furthermore, you spent June making a complementary knit hat. Therefore, you were able to build upon your new knitting skills to create a matching accessories set. We think adding mittens to that set will really round things out. You’ll add even more new skills. Plus you’ll end up with a set you can truly take pride in.
The biggest edge that you have at this point, honestly, is that you’re bicrafty now. You’re not just a crocheter; you also know how to knit. You know how to knit dishcloths, mug rugs, coffee cup sleeves, cowls, and hats. And pretty soon, you’re going to know how to knit mittens.
But here’s what we think you should remember as a crocheter as you continue building your knitting skills:
- There’s always more to learn in either craft.
- However, you can choose very simple projects with basic stitches any time that you want.
- Crochet and knitting both have healing properties. Work them into your daily self-care routine.
- When you lose your crojo, try a knitting project. And vice versa.
- Crochet and knitting are both tough on the hands and the posture. Therefore, make sure to take breaks and do exercises.
How to Knit Mittens in Three Steps
To give you an overview of what we’re going to do as we wrap up BiCrafty Bootcamp:
- This week we’re going to start to learn how to knit mittens. We’ll begin with the cuff.
- Next week we’re going to add a Latvian braid details. After all, so many of you loved learning that knitting technique. We’ll also learn how to pick up stitches and create the thumb gusset.
- Finally, in week three of this project, we’ll learn shaping to complete the mittens. We’ll learn duplicate stitch. Moreover, we’ll learn kitchener stitch.
This project will really round out your beginner knitting skills. Plus, you’ll have better experience with DPNs once you complete this project. And guess what that means? Even though BiCrafty Bootcamp is almost over, you’ll be in the perfect position to transition to the upcoming sock knitalong!
BiCrafty Bootcamp Mittens: Materials
Here’s what you’re going to need as you learn how to knit mittens:
- Size 7 24″ circular needles
- Size 7 DPNs
- Size H or I crochet hook for provisional cast-on
- 2 balls of Chic Sheep yarn (or other worsted weight yarn to match your cowl / hat)
How to Knit Mittens: Pattern
We’re going to start learning how to knit mittens by beginning with the cuff. We’re going to look at some knitting abbreviations, a provisional cast-on, and working the cuff with the Lacy Arrow Stitch.
It’s time to start getting used to some knitting abbreviations. Here’s what you’ll need for this part of the pattern.
- BO – Bind Off
- CO – Cast On
- K – Knit
- P – Purl
- Skp – slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped st over knit st
- Sk2togp – slip 1 knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped st over knit st
- Sl – Slip
- St(s) – stitch(es)YO – Yarn Over
Using a size H or I crochet hook and scrap yarn, chain desired number of sts. (*For our mittens, this will be 21 stitches.) Fasten off. Using knitting needle, pick up and knit 1 st in each chain, using the back-bump, or spine, of the chain. After piece is completed, you can unravel the crochet chain to reveal, and work from, live sts at CO edge. Here’s a video to show you how you’ll do this part:
How to Knit Lacy Arrow Stitch
First, cast on 21 stitches with the provisional cast-on. Then work the Lacy Arrow Stitch:
Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k2tog, p2, yo, skp, k3, k2tog, yo, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
Rows 2, 4, 6: K3, yo, skp, k2, p7, k3, yo, skp, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k2tog, p2, k1, yo, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 5: K3, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, yo, sk2togp, yo, k2, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
How to Work Lacy Arrow Stitch (Chart):
How to Knit Mittens: Video
Additional Patterns and Videos
At this stage of BiCrafty Bootcamp, some of the things that you might to check out include: