Keep cosy and take inspiration from wintery skies with Amy Philip’s cloud wrist warmers.
These soft-as-a-cloud gloves are so gorgeous you’ll be wearing them all winter, and through those April showers, too. We’d never have thought the combination of grey skies and rainy days could be so appealing, but Amy Philip’s pretty design has officially converted us.
The gloves themselves are knitted in a single shade of yarn, with the fluffy cloud and raindrops being stitched on using the chart once you’re done. Cosy up one evening and make a pair for yourself, or knit as a gift for a friend – if you can bear to give them away that is.
- Wool and the Gang Sheepaca yarn, 50% alpaca, 50% merino wool, 100g/233m per ball, one ball in Tweed Grey (Yarn A), small amount in Ivory White (Yarn B)
- Small amount of Yarn Stories Fine Merino DK, 100% wool, 50g/120m in Duck Egg (Yarn C)
- 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) circular knitting needles
- 4mm (UK 8, US 6) circular knitting needles
- Scrap yarn
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm (4″) over stocking stitch on 4mm needles
M1R make one right
M1L make one left (see instructions below for a guide to these techniques)
The gloves are knit in the round, so you can either use circular needles, or divide the sts evenly over double pointed needles. It is possible to knit the mittens flat on straight needles, but you’ll need to cast on two extra sts for seam allowance and sew up the mittens at the end.
The left and right mittens are identical, so follow the pattern through twice to knit the pair. The rainclouds and raindrops are sewn onto the mittens after, with the left and right being mirror images.
To M1R, pick up the bar between the sts on right and left needles by bringing the left needle through from back to front, then knit into the front of this st.
To M1L, pick up the bar between the sts on right and left needles by bringing the left needle through from front to back, then knit into the back of this st.
Note – the tension used is not the standard tension for this yarn, but the tension needed for the project. Knit a tension square before starting, and adjust your needle size if needed. The finished mittens will each measure approximately 23cm (9 1⁄8“) long and 9cm (3 5⁄8“) wide.
Using Yarn A and 3.25mm needles, cast on 40 sts.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the sts – knitting and purling into the back of the sts will make the both the cuff and tips look more defined and neater.
Place a stitch marker to show the start of each round when working.
Work 24 rounds in k1 p1 rib – the cuff is approx. 7.5cm (3″) long.
Change to 4mm needles and k 14 rounds.
Round 15 M1R, k2, M1L, k to end of round [42 sts]
Round 16 k
Round 17 M1R, k4, M1L, k to end of round [44 sts]
Round 18 k
Round 19 M1R, k6, M1L, k to end of round [46 sts]
Round 20 k
Round 21 M1R, k8, M1L, k to end of round [48 sts]
Round 22 k
Round 23 M1R, k10, M1L, k to end of round [50 sts]
Round 24 k
Round 25 M1R, k12, M1L, k to end of round [52 sts]
Round 26 k
Round 27 M1R, k14, M1L, k to end of round [54 sts]
Round 28 k
Round 29 M1R, k16, M1L, k to end of round [56 sts]
Round 30-31 k
Prepare for thumb
You’ll now need to place the thumb gusset sts on a scrap yarn holder and join to work in the round again to knit the upper hand. Don’t be tempted to use a straight stitch holder – scrap yarn works best as it doesn’t get in the way.
Slip 1 st (the first st on the left needle) from the left needle to the right. Transfer 16 thumb sts onto scrap yarn using a tapestry needle. Next, slip the slipped st on the right needle back to the left needle.
To join in the round ready to knit the upper hand, hold the right needle and cast on 1 st to the right needle using the backward loop method. Beginning the round again on the left needle, k the first two sts together then k to the end of the round [40 sts].
There may be a slight hole between the thumb gusset and the hand, but this can be sewn up while weaving in the ends when finishing
K 11 rounds.
Change to 3.25mm needles and work 4 rounds in k1 p1 rib.
Cast off all sts loosely ribwise.
Transfer the 16 sts on scrap yarn to 4mm needles, rejoin Yarn A and k 4 rounds.
Change to 3.25mm needles and work 2 rounds in k1 p1 rib.
Cast off all sts loosely ribwise.
Adding the motif
The chart shows the placement for the left mitten, so you’ll need to reverse it for the right mitten to create a mirror image.
To mark the centre of the cloud, count from the column of stitches next to the thumb as shown on page 21 by the purple marker. The thumb will be to the left for the right mitten and to the right for the left mitten.
The centre is 13 sts in as shown by the green marker. Following this column of sts up, place a marker 5 sts down from the ribbed tip of the mitten as shown by the top pink marker. This is the top of the cloud.
Still on this centre column, count down 10 sts, this is the centre st of the cloud’s bottom row. Place two markers 5 sts out on either side from the centre, to mark the start and end of the bottom row of the cloud.
Cut a length of Yarn B approximately 150cm (59 1⁄8“). Following the chart, add the cloud using a tapestry needle, working duplicate stitch and matching the tension of the mitten. You’ll need another 150cm (59 1⁄8“) length of Yarn B to finish the cloud.
Add the raindrops using Yarn C, then weave in any loose ends on both gloves to finish.
About Amy Philip
Amy, her husband and little ones live in Brighton, where she designs and makes gorgeous knitwear for babies and toddlers. You can find her creations on Instagram @buttonandblue and in her Etsy shop, which won the Etsy Kids & Baby Award 2016.