Don’t forget to grab a copy of the matching Groundhog Hat pattern on Ravelry.
Groundhog Fingerless Mitts
As a mom and knitting addict, I cannot always take a bunch of double-pointed needles with me in the diaper bag. I wanted to design a set of fingerless gloves that were worked flat to prevent my work coming off the needles while bouncing around from place to place with three kiddos to keep track of.
Designed to match the Groundhog and Chuckling Hats that my mother commissioned me for on Groundhog Day, the Groundhog Fingerless Mitts are worked flat and sewn on the sides. There is even cable detail on the thumbs!
- You’ll need one ball of Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Tonal, an 80/20 blend of Acrylic and Wool or any chunky weight yarn that will get you the gauge listed below
- 3.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch on US 10.5
What you’ll need:
- A pair of US 9 straight needles for the cuff
- A pair of US 10.5 straight needles for the body
- A cable needle
- A tapestry needle to sew the side seams and weave in ends
- C4F: Cable 4 Front. Slip next two stitches onto cable needle, hold them in the front, knit the next two stitches, knit the two stitches from the cable needle.
- C4B: Cable 4 Back. Slip next two stitches onto cable needle, hold them in the back, knit the next two stitches, knit the two stitches from the cable needle.
- K: Knit.
- P: Purl.
- RS: Right Side.
- WS: Wrong Side.
Mitts (Make 2)
NOTE: You can make the mitts completely identical, or you can substitute a C4F on the thumb cable.
Using smaller needles, cast on 30 stitches using a long-tail cast on.
Establish the cuff ribbing as follows:
Row 1 (WS): K2, *P2, K2; repeat from * across.
Row 2 (RS): P2, *K2, P2; repeat from * across.
Repeat the previous 2 rows until your cuff measures about 2″ from the cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
Switch to larger needles.
Establish cable pattern on the body as follows:
Row 1 (RS): P2, K2, P2, K5, P2, K4, P2, K5, P2, K2, P2.
Row 2 (WS): K2, P2, K2, P5, K2, P4, K2, P5, K2, P2, K2.
Row 3: P2, K2, P2, K5, P2, C4B, P2, K5, P2, K2, P2.
Row 4: K2, P2, K2, P5, K2, P4, K2, P5, K2, P2, K2.
(If you want to make these mitts for larger hands, add an equal number of stitches to the instructions in bold. For example, if you’d like to add an inch to the size, add two stitches to the first bold K5 and two stitches to the second bold K5…they will both be a K7 on that row and P7 on the WS row).
Repeat Rows 1-4 twice, work rows 1-3 once more.
Decrease row: K2, P2, K2, P5, BO 8 stitches, P5, K2, P2, K2.
Next row: P2, K2, P2, K5, CO 5 stitches using backward loop method, work rest of row in established pattern (knit the knits and purl the purls).
Work in the established pattern for another 2″ or desired length.
Bind off loosely. Sew side seam and weave in ends.
Lightly steam to block.