Make Mohair Thrummed Mittens

Materials:

Worsted weight wool – 160 yards

2 oz.  Pencil Roving

Thrummed Mittens

A Thrum is a little wisp of unspun roving that is knit into the mitten, making the insides soft and fuzzy, and so warm.

1 set #3 and #5 dp needles

1 medium size stitch holders

3 small needle markers (optional)

1 row marker (optional)

Gauge:

Approximately 5 stitches = 1 inch

 

Thrumming Instructions: Take a small piece of mohair Pencil Roving folding it in half while gently stretching it. Fold Pencil Roving in half again then twist to form a manageable piece of yarn.  (Note:  This creates a “thrummed” piece of roving). Insert needle into stitch as if to knit. Wrap thrummed piece of roving around the right needle as if to knit, wrap yarn on top and pull both through.  On the next round, knit in the back of the stitch with the roving. (Note: Never add Pencil Roving on a purl stitch).

Cuff: Using your smaller set of dp needles cast on 39 Stitches (or any number divisible by 3).  Join. Work in K2, P1 for 3 inches.

Change to larger needles and work in pattern. The Pattern consists of Round 2 through Round 7, inclusive.

Round 1: Knit making sure your stitches are placed on the needles as follows:  Needle #1 – 15 stitches. Needle #2 – 12 stitches. Needle #3 – 12 Stitches.  This is so you do not have any Thrummed stitches at the end of your needles.

Round 2: First row of Pattern.  Purl 1 stitch.  Knit inserting Pencil roving into this stitch and every 6th stitch to last 7 stitches remaining.  Knit 3 stitches. Purl 1 stitch. The purl stitches will line up to form the thumb gore.  (Always Purl the Purl stitches). Knit next stitch increasing 1 stitch in this stitch. Knit next stitch; inserting roving into this stitch. Increase 1 stitch in last stitch. (After completing the Pattern 3 total times you will have 13 stitches to create the beginning of the thumb after Round 14).

Round 3: Purl the first stitch. Knit in the back of the next stitch.  This should have a Pencil Roving insert in it.  Knit continuing to knit in the back of all stitches that have Pencil Roving.  The roving inserts should look like little hearts after you knit in the back of the stitch.   When you come to the purl stitch, purl this stitch and Knit to the end of the round, knitting in the back of the last inserted Pencil Roving stitch.

Round 4: Purl the first stitch. Knit to last purl stitch. Purl 1, Knit to end of Round.

Round 5: Purl 1, Knit 3 stitches, insert Pencil Roving into next stitch, continue adding roving every sixth stitch to purl stitch, Purl this stitch. Increase 1 stitch in next stitch. Knit to end of round Increasing one stitch in last stitch.

Round 6: Purl 1, Knit 3 stitches, Knit in the back of the next stitch.  This should have a Pencil Roving insert in it.  Knit continuing to knit in the back of all stitches that have Pencil Roving to Purl stitch, Purl, Knit to end of round.

Round 7: Repeat round 4

Round 8: Purl 1 stitch.  Knit inserting roving into next stitch and every 6th stitch. Knit to Purl stitch. Purl stitch. The purl stitches will continue to line up forming the thumb gore.  (Always Purl the Purl stitches). Knit increasing in this stitch. Knit two stitches.  Insert  Pencil rovings in next stitch.  Knit 2 stitches, increase 1 stitch in last stitch.

Round 9: Repeat round 3.

Round 10: Repeat round 4.

Round 11: Repeat round 5 to Purl Stitch, Purl this stitch.  Knit increasing 1 stitch in this stitch insert Pencil Roving into next stitch.  Knit 5 stitches insert Pencil Roving in next stitch. Increase 1 stitch in last stitch.

Round 12:  Purl 1, Knit 3 stitches. Knit in the back of the next stitch, this should have a Pencil Roving insert in it.  Knit continuing to knit in the back of all stitches that have Pencil Roving.  When you come to the purl stitch, Purl this stitch, Knit 2 stitches, Knit in the back of the next stitch that has Pencil Roving in it. Knit next five stitches, Knit in the back of the next stitch that has Pencil Roving in it.  Knit to end of round.

Round 13: Purl 1 stitch, Knit to last purl stitch, Purl this stitch and Knit to end of round.

Round 14: Repeat round 2 to Purl Stitch. Purl 1, increase 1 stitch in next knit stitch. Knit 4 Stitches, insert Pencil Roving into next stitch. Knit to last stitch increasing 1 stitch in this stitch. (You now should have 13 stitches after last purl stitch).

Round 15: Purl 1 stitch, Knit, to Purl stitch, being sure to knit in the back of all stitches with Pencil Roving Purl the purl stitch Knit to the end of the round.

Round 16: Repeat round  4

Round 17:  Repeat round 5 to Purl stitch.  Purl this stitch, Knit 3 stitches, insert Pencil roving in next stitch, knit 5 stitches, insert Pencil Rovings in next stitch. Knit 3 stitches.

Round 18: Purl 1 stitch, Knit, to Purl stitch, being sure to knit in the back of all stitches with Pencil Roving Purl the purl stitch Knit to the end of the round.

This next round is where I end my thumb gore and finish knitting the rest of the hand.

Round 19: Repeat round 4 to purl stitch.  Knit the purl stitch, slip the next 13 stitches onto stitch holders for thumb. Increase 3 stitches after last knit stitch.

Begin the next round by Knitting the purl stitch and continue in pattern to insert Pencil Roving ending on a plain Knit round about an inch and a half from where you want to end your mitten. (I usually add 4 complete Patterns ending with an all knit round.)

Continue to insert Pencil Roving as you decrease and improvise the pattern so that you get adequate stuffing in the end of your mitten.  (You want a lot of stuffing in the tip of the mitten).

Decrease:

Round 1: Knit 2 together( inserting Pencil rovings in this stitch and every 6th stitch to end of round). Knit 14 stitches, Knit 2 together, place a marker on needle, Knit 3 place marker on needle Knit 2 together, Knit to last 5 stitches, Knit 2 together, place marker on needle, Knit 3.

Round 2: Knit the round, knitting in the back of Pencil Roving stitches.

Round 3: Knit 2 together. Knit to the 2 stitches before marker, Knit these 2 stitches together. Knit 3 stitches to marker. Knit next 2 stitches together. Knit to 2 stitches before marker. Knit 2 stitches together. Knit 3 stitches.

Continue to decrease every other round as you continue the pattern until you have 19 Stitches remaining. Knit the last two stitches together so when you divide your stitches you will have the same number of stitches on each needle.  (You will now have 18 stitches).

Divide stitches evenly onto 2 needles and finish with the Kitchener stitch.

Kitchener Stitch:

Thread yarn through tapestry needle.  Hold needles parallel, *pull tapestry needle through first stitch on front needle as if to Knit and slip stitch off needle, pull yarn through 2nd stitch on front needle as if to Purl and leave on needle.   Pull yarn through first stitch on BACK needle  as if to Purl and slip off needle, pull yarn through 2nd stitch on back needle as if to purl and leave on needle*  Repeat * to * until all stitches have been used up.  Weave in yarn ends.

Thumb: Take 13 stitches from holder and divide onto 2 needles.  With third needle pick up and knit 5 stitches (add 1 stitch on end of the needle  next to where  you can pick up 3 stitches over cast on stitches and one stitch on next needle.  Knit straight for 2 inches or desired length of thumb inserting Pencil Roving where appropriate.

Decrease end of thumb:

Round 1: Knit 2, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (I usually do this on a row that I insert the Pencil Roving).

Round 2: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, repeat across row.

Round 3: Knit 2 together, repeat across row.  Break yarn and thread through the remaining stitches and pull tightly.