Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sky Rim - Free Handwarmer Pattern!

I asked my 13 year old son, Konnor, "what's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?" and he answered, "Skyrim". My son's a wonderful artist and I'm so happy he can recognize and appreciate the art in this truly gorgeous video game, but from that moment on I vowed to put my son in front of as much real life beauty as motherly possible. Recently we climbed a mountain in Maine and stood on top, looking out over the serenely blue mountains in the distance. The sun was low and the clouds were shards of pure silver. My son took a long deep breath of the cool late summer air and then said quietly "now that's beautiful".

I had whipped up these little, boxy fingerless mitts just for occasions such as this - hiking, camping, hot coffee early in the morning by the lake. And after that day on the mountain with Konnor, I decided to name them "Sky Rim". I've written out the pattern and I'm offering it for free. 

I used less than half a skein of my Holistic Merino Aran in "Peace and Quiet" on US size 7 needles. These handwarmers are a quick, seamless knit in the round. Here's a printable version of the pattern. I hope you enjoy!

Sky Rim
by Becky Foster

Yarn: Morning Bright Holistic Merino Worsted (175 yds/100g), approximately 50g in "Peace and Quiet"

Needles: US size 7 double points or circulars with a cable long enough for magic loop

Gauge: 18 stitches and 28 rows over 4" stockinette, unblocked

Notions: 2 stitch markers, scrap yarn, yarn needle

Size: women's medium

CO - cast on
st(s): stitch(es)
k - knit
p - purl
p2tog - purl 2 sts together
pm - place marker
m1r - increase one st by inserting left needle into bar between the just worked st and the next from back to front, and k through the front loop
m1l - increase one st by inserting left needle into bar between the just worked st and next from front to back, and k through the back loop
sm - slip marker
kfb - k in front and again in the back of st
BO - bind off

Left Mitt:
CO 36 sts using the Twisted German Cast On (there are many instructional videos for this CO on YouTube.com. I like this one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk670kVxess). Join to work in the round and begin Granite Stitch Rounds.

Granite Stitch Rounds:
round 1: k around
round 2: p2tog around
round 3: k and p into same st around
round 4: k around

Repeat Granite Stitch Rounds 1 more time.

P 1 round.
K 3 rounds.

Thumb Gusset Setup Round:
Left Thumb Gusset Setup Round: k4, pm, m1r, k1, m1l, pm, k to end of round

Gusset Increase Rounds:
rounds 1 and 2: k around
round 3: k to marker, sm, m1r, k to next marker, m1l, sm, k to end of round

Repeat Gusset Increase Rounds until you have 13 sts between markers.

Next round: k to marker, remove marker, place 13 sts on scrap yarn with yarn needle, remove marker. Join to work in round and k to end of round.

Next round: k4, kfb, k to end of round

K two rounds.
P one round.

Work Granite Stitch Rounds 2 times.

BO purlwise.

Transfer the 13 gusset sts to needles and pick up 3 sts from base of thumb.

K one round.
P one round.

Work Granite Stitch Rounds 2 times.

BO purlwise.

Right Mitt:
Work as for left mitt until Thumb Gusset Setup Round:
Right Thumb Gusset Setup Round: k to last 5 sts, pm, m1r, k1, m1l, pm, k4.

Work as for left mitt until you've joined the round after placing gusset sts on scrap yarn.

Next round: k to last 4 sts, kfb, k3

Continue on as for left mitt.

Weave in ends with yarn needle and do a happy dance!

Becky Robbins


I'd love to see your finished handwarmers! Email me a pic at becky@morningbrightyarn.com or come share in my "Morning Bright" group on Ravelry.com