New pictures added 1/07/07 2:24pm CST

Revised instructions 12/15/2006  9:15pm CST

Yarn:

Douceur et Soie (70/30 baby mohair/silk, 225 yards per skein) – 1 skein

Patons Classic Wool – 1 skein in MC and small amount for inside cuff in contrasting color

Needles: Size 10 ½ (6.5mm) double point needles or size needed to obtain gauge of approx. 4 sts per inch in stockinette stitch.

Size 4 (3.5mm) double point needles – these are used for the inside cuff of the mitten only

Finished felted size: 9 inches long from edge of felted cuff to tip of mitten. They have a snug fit. The measurement does not include the cuff you will knit to attach inside the mitten.

Cast on 40 stitches using one strand of each yarn. Divide over three needles, join stitches, be sure not to twist.

Round 1 – 6 = purl each round

Round 7 – 22 = knit each round

Round 23 = on first needle, M1, K1, M1, place marker, knit to end of round

Round 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36 = knit entire round

Round 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35 = M1, knit to marker, M1, slip marker, knit to end of round.

Total stitches = 54

Round 37 = Place the 15 stitches before the stitchmarker on a stitchholder for the thumb. Cast on 1 stitch over the opening, knit to end of round. You are now back to 40 stitches.

Next: Knit 21 rounds.

Begin decreases:

Round 1 = K6, K2tog, rep to end of round

Round 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 = knit entire round

Round 3 = K5, K2tog, rep to end of round

Round 5 = K4, K2tog, rep to end of round

Round 7 = K3, K2tog, rep to end of round

Round 9 = K2, K2tog, rep to end of round

Round 11 = K1, K2tog, rep to end of round

Cut yarn, run yarn through the last 10 stitches. Fasten off.

Thumb

Place the 15 stitches from the stitchholder onto 3 needles, dividing evenly. Attach yarn, pick up 3 stitches, knit to end of round. Total 18 stitches.

Round 1 – 10 = knit entire round

Round 11 = K2tog, rep to end of round, 9 stitches remain

Round 12 = knit entire round

Round 13 = K1, K2tog, rep to end of round, 6 stitches remain

Cut yarn, run yarn through the last 6 stitches. Fasten off.

Felt Mittens

Make both mittens and felt them together using your favorite felting method.

Inside Cuff

Using the size 4 needles and the contrasting color, cast on 40 stitches, knit 22 rounds, bind off.

Turn the dried felted mitten inside out, place cuff over mitten, stitch the cuff in place at bottom edge of the cuff (the end nearest the thumb). Turn mitten right side out, enjoy the warmth!

NOTE: You might want to pin the cuff in place and check to be sure it’s sticking out as much or as little as you like from the inside of the mitten before stitching it down.

Pre-felted

Felted (here’s a link to see it larger: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=349194461&size=o

Closeup of the cuff area

Stitching on the cuff

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