Brighten up your winter with these cute colour block mittens. Personalise your mitts by embroidering winter florals on the cuffs. New to knitting? Try our quick and easy knitting project for beginners.
You will need:
• 1 ball x King Cole Merino Blend Chunky shade 918 Silver (50g)
• 1 ball x King Cole Merino Blend Chunky shade 922 Mint (50g)
• Size 5mm knitting needles
• Tapestry needle
Cast on 30 sts using the silver yarn and leave a 20cm long tail. Work the first row in rib stitch: knit one, purl one – repeat until the end of the row. Knit in rib stitch for 11 more rows.
Switch to the mint yarn and knit in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row or K1, P1) for 6 rows. When knitting the first stitch, make sure to leave a 40cm long tail – you will use it at the end to sew up the seams.
Increase row: knit 2, make 1 (M1: pick up the strand that runs between the 2 stitches with your left needle and use your right needle to knit this new stitch through the back loop), knit to the last 2 stitches, M1, K2. Next row: purl.
Repeat these two rows 4 more times or until you have 40 sts.
Work in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 8 rows.
Decrease row: knit 2, knit 2 stitches together (K2tog), knit to the last 4 stitches, K2tog, K2. Next row: purl. Repeat these two rows 4 more times or until you have 30 stitches.
K2tog across the row, purl the next and finally k2tog across for one more row. You should have 8 sts left. Cut the yarn off, take the remaining stitches off the needle and use your tapestry needle to go through these stitches and create a loop. Weave in the end.
Using your tapestry needle and the silver yarn tail, work in mattress stitch to sew up the seams: place the two seams side by side with the right sides up. Insert your tapestry needle under the horizontal bar between the first two stitches of the mitten.
Pull the yarn through and insert the needle through the opposite bar on the other seam. Continue until your reach the mint section. Repeat the process using the mint tail until you reach the loop. Pull on the yarn to tighten up your stitches and weave in the ends.
Repeat steps 1-9 to make the second mitten. You’re done!
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