My most recent knitting creation is the first thing I’ll blog about craft-wise, because I’m quite proud of these little guys.

I used the basis of the Button Bag Foxy Mitten Kit (an amazing present from my Bestie for Christmas http://www.buttonbag.co.uk/details.php?id=269) to make some teeny kitten mittens for my niece. I’m putting it out there, I am aware that the specific creature these mittens are supposed to resemble is rather ambiguous, they could also be mice or bunnies…oops)

These mittens are on straight needles and really easy to make, with a simple side join, leaving a hole for the thumb. I used thinner yarn than in the original Button Bag pattern, so I had to guesstimate the number of stitches to cast on, fingers crossed they fit!

These should fit kids around 4 years old, to make them for bigger hands use thicker wool, or cast on more stitches . The nose needs to be in the middle of one side so divide the number of stitches into 4 and that should be the centre of your nose, you can work back from there as to where the coloured thread needs to go!

Download the pattern PDF here.

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To cast on these critters you will need:

1 skein of grey DK wool

Scraps of black and pink DK wool

5 mm straight needles

Tapestry needle

 

To make these mittens you have to:

Right Hand

Cast on 28 stitches ( I use the quick thumb cast on method: http://www.dummies.com/crafts/knitting/knitting-stitches/how-to-cast-on-with-the-thumb-method/)

1. K1,P1 to the end of the row, making a rib stitch.

2-6 Rep 1st row.

7. K to end.

8. P to end.

9-20. Rep Rows 7-8 to make a flat, stockinette stich rectangle.

21. K 17, switch to pink yarn and K3, switch to grey yarn and k8.

22. P8, switch to pink yarn and p3, switch to grey yarn and k1.

23. K 18, switch to pink yarn and k1, switch to grey yarn and k9.

24. P to end.

25. Cast off.

 

Left Hand

Cast on 28 stitches

1. K1,P1 to the end of the row, making a rib stitch.

2-6 Rep 1st row.

7. K to end.

8. P to end.

9-20. Rep Rows 7-8 to make a flat, stockinette stich rectangle.

21. K 8, switch to pink yarn and K3, switch to grey yarn and k17.

22. P17, switch to pink yarn and p3, switch to grey yarn and k8.

23. K 9, switch to pink yarn and k1, switch to grey yarn and k18.

24. P to end.

25. Cast off.

To make up

Fold in half and join with mattress stitch down the side, leaving a hole (about 4 rows long) between 1/3 and half way down the mitten (from the nose end), depending on how long you want it to be on the fingers.

(If you don’t know how to mattress stitch, YouTube is your friend  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mattress+stitch)

Ears

Make 2

Cast on 7

1. K to end.

2. P to end.

3. K to end.

4. P2 tog, p3, P2 tog.

5. K2 tog, k1, k 2 tog.

6. P 2 tog, P1.

7. K2 tog.

8. Bind off and pull tight.

Stitch the ears on 10 rows back from where the nose ends.

 

Eyes

Stitch on with tapestry needle 2-3 rows in front of where the ears are joined.

 

Whiskers

As with the eyes, stitch on with needle.

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Happy Knitting!

 

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