Lemon squeezy as in, “easy peasy lemon squeezy”. I hadn’t knit a thing since finishing the Socks For Sparks and Habitat last Fall, so I thought I’d better break in my new needles with something simple and fail-proof. These mitts were it.
I made them out of a very very old hank of Morehouse Merino 3-strand yarn in the Beaujolais colorway. This was the first hand-painted yarn I ever bought, back in 2004, and amazingly it is still available. In the Beaujolais colorway. How many dye companies keep a colorway for five years?
Anyway, the mitts were indeed easy peasy, and they’re very warm to boot. I used less than one hank to make them both. Play with needle sizes and different heavy-worsted yarns to change the size of the finished product. I used size US4 dpns. I used the cable cast-on because I always do use it; I rather like the braided edge it gives and, get this, it is WAY stretchier than either the longtail cast-on or the tubular cast-on.
Cast on 32 sts using cable cast-on and divide evenly on 4 dpns. Knit 12 rounds of K2P2 ribbing.
Cast off 8 stitches (one whole needle) and knit the rest of the round.
Cast on 12 stitches using cable cast-on with fourth dpn. Divide stitches evenly on all dpns. Knit in rounds till mitt is a satisfactory length.
Knit 12 rounds of K2P2 ribbing. Cast off.