Welcome to Precious Tyes

I have many passions in life and one of them is quilting. The others are reading, knitting,
crochet, cross stitching exercise and being a mom which are all precious tyes to me.
This blog will be about all of these things but mainly about quilting and how it is tied into my life.
The above wall hanging was designed by me and published into a pattern called Homespun Memories.

My blog is also about my Nifty Fifty Quilting swaps which are 50 state quilt block swaps that I started organizing over 10 years ago when my husband was going through depression. It helped me through a very difficult time. We have swapped over 70,000 quilt blocks during this time with many stories that traveled across the country along with our state quilt blocks. Our groups also make charity quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fingerless Mitten Pattern

Easy, Fast and Warm Fingerless Mittens
Happy New Year!!!!
I made these mittens for Christmas presents this year.  They are easy and work up really fast.  They are so comfortable that I made myself a pair using double strands of Wool Ease instead of the Homespun yarn I used for the little ones.  Enjoy!!  Please let me know if you have any questions about the pattern.

One Skein of Homespun Lions Brand Yarn
Can substitute two strand of  Lions Wool Ease for the same result.
Size 9 needles.

Two Strands of Wool Ease:  
Knit: 8 stitches x 12 rows = 2" (10cm) on size 9 (6mm) needles

SS-Stockinette Stitch
CO-Cast On
BO-Bind On

Make two.
24, (28, 32, 36)  Extra Small, (Small, Medium, Large)

Cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) sts and work K 1 P 1 ribbing for 3 inches or desired length
Increase 4 stitches evenly across the last row of ribbing.

Continue  with stockinette stitch ( K one row P one row) for a total of four rows.
At the beginning of the next knit row CO four stitches.
At the beginning of the next purl row BO four stitches.
Continue in SS for 5 ½”, (6 ½”, 7”, 7 ½”) from the beginning or desired length.
Cast off.

Sew the sides of the mitten together by starting at the bottom of the ribbing and stopping at the CO and BO stitches. Then sew the top sides of the mitten stopping at the CO and BO stitches.  This will be the thumb opening.

Size Small modeled by my 7 year old Niece

Size Small before Mitten is sewn together

Size X-Small modeled by my 6 year old Nephew
Size X-Small before mitten is sewn together

You can make a very small child’s mitten using the same pattern but casting on 18 stitches and increasing 2 stitches on the last row of ribbing.  Do SS for two rows after the ribbing and then CO and BO 2 Stitches. Cont in SS until the mitten measures 4 to 5 inches from the beginning.

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