Now that your cuff ribbing is all done, you are ready to
start on the body of the mitten.
If you have been using smaller needles for the cuff, you
will need to get out your bigger ones and begin to use
those. As you work around the mitten, be sure to put your
smaller ones away as you empty each one....it gets
interesting later on if you discover you have been knitting
with 2 of one size and 2 another.
The first round of the mitten above the ribbing says to:
"Next round...(with larger needles).*k 6(8,9) make 1 st*
repeating around ending k 2 (0,2): 30 (36,42) sts. "
This is where I get to explain about MAKE ONE or "m1". This
is an increase that was dearly loved by our recently
departed Elizabeth Zimmerman and it so incredibly useful.
One simply takes the yarn that is running from the last
stitch worked, and makes a sort of half-hitch BACKWARD loop
out of it and puts it on the right needle snug up against
the last stitch worked. Neat as you please. If you have to
do one of these on a NEW empty-of-stitches needle, simply
pull the needle with that "m 1" on it right up against the
needle it is next to...sort of tighten the gap as best you
can. You will find, in this case, that after you work the
NEXT stitch, you can pull any looseness a bit tighter before
note: I have prowled the web looking for a picture of MAKE
ONE. If anyone can find a clear picture and directions, I
would be most appreciative!!!
THEN.....our set up row to begin the gusset
reads......."Next round: k1, place marker, k around."
" Thumb Gusset
Round 1: make 1 st, k to marker, make 1 stitch, slip
marker, knit around: 32(38,44) sts. "
Pick up an empty needle... MAKE ONE stitch..... and put it
on the EMPTY needle, knit that lonely stitch before the
marker from the left needle....then there are no other
stitches to knit, so MAKE ONE , again, as per the
instructions by making that loop of yarn and placing it on
the needle with the other M1 and the knitted stitch...now
slip your marker off the left needle and onto the right one
and knit across the stitches to the end of that needle.
When you examine what you have done, you should see (from
right to left) a MADE STITCH, a Knit stitch, a MADE STITCH,
the marker, then all the rest of the stitches are knitted.
" Round 2: k around
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 11(13, 15) sts on the
first needle before the marker. (The ending number of every increase
round will be 2 sts greater than the previous round.) 40(48,
56) sts. "
OK.....you will see that you have 3 sts before you see that
marker...and if you increase on that needle before you knit
the first stitch and right before you come to the marker
(then you slip the marker), you will be adding 2 sts each
time you work that increase on every ODD round. So your
resulting number of sts shall always be an odd number.
Now that you are increasing your gusset stitches every other
row, let's take a look at the pattern directions and see
where to go from here:
"Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 11(13, 15)sts on the
first needle before the marker. (The ending number of every
increase round will be 2 sts greater than the previous
round.) 40(48, 56) sts. "
It is critical that you keep track of how many stitches you
have so that when you GET to the increased number of needed
stitches, you can say.......OK...now I KNIT ONE MORE ROW.
That is the final repeat of Round 2 that you will work.
This material ©1999 Claudia Krisniski
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