I am delighted that you are not one of those knitters who abandon their needles during the summer months! I firmly believe that knitting is a sport for all seasons. All of you savvy KAL participants will have a jump on your winter/holiday projects with Unleashed. So crank up the AC, turn on the fan, pour a cool drink and let’s work some magic!
Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of how the KAL works:
- A portion of the 4-part mystery pattern is revealed here on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday in July. The weekly pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post. An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
- All techniques are supported with video instruction at knitpurlhunter.com
- All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry. It’s like having your own private knitting tutor!
- Projects completed (one finished mitten) by August 15 are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks! See skacelknitting.com for all the info.
Unleashed is written for two sizes – Child (4-6 yrs.) and Adult (women). The Child size uses one skein of Simpliworsted while the Adult requires two skeins. The good news is that two skeins is ample yarn to knit both an adult and a child’s pair! Sizing for an average sized hand is no easy feat. After all, who among us is average? (I like to think that we are all above average!) Mittens are easily customized by adjusting the needle size to provide you with the desired fit.
Part One of Unleashed brings us a beautiful cuff. If you are like me, a firm cuff is preferred to ward off any cold drafts. To keep the cuff as close fitting as possible, I chose to cast on with the German Twisted Cast On method. This variation of the Long Tail Cast On gives a firm and clean edge to keep your wrist toasty warm. The technique is a bit more work than the long tail, but my video will have you casting on like a pro. The German Twisted cast on is optional and has no impact on the cuff design so feel free to try it or use an old favorite – you choose your level of fiddliness. Remember to cast on with the smaller sized needle.
Once the stitches are cast on, the mitten is knit on double points, two circs or one long circ for the Magic Loop method. Divide the stitches as preferred for your method. I knit using the Magic Loop so I like to divide the stitches in half – 18 on each tip. Beware when working the cuff with the stitches divided this way – the second needle will begin with p2. (I know this mistake from experience!)
The ribbed cuff is a mock cable design using the Left and Right Twist. Twist stitches are members of the cable stitch family. A twist stitch is formed by knitting stitches out of order creating a crossover similar to cabling. Since twist stitches are executed without the use of a cable needle, they are fast and fun to knit.
Work the eight rounds of the cuff twice for the Child (16 total rounds) and three times for the Adult (24 total rounds). Place a lifeline once the cuff is completed and wait patiently for next week. Pictured below is a completed Adult cuff.
Child (Adult) – approx. 6 (8)” hand circumference.
Further size adjustments may be made by changing needle sizes.
- Simpliworstedby HiKoo, 55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon, 140 yards/100g per skein. Child – 1 skein, Adult – 2 skeins (same color).
- US #6 (4mm)AND #8 (5mm) 6” double point needles (see NOTE below) or size necessary to achieve desired gauge
- Stitch holder
- Two ½ – ¾” buttons, shank style preferred. (Size is not crucial.)
NOTE: Mitten hands may also be knit with two 24” circular needles or one 32” circular needle for magic loop method. See Magic Loop video. Sample was knit using the magic loop method on 32” addi Rocket needles.
For thumb, double points in larger size are recommended.
17 stitches = 4” in stockinette on larger size needles.
LT (Left Twist) – skip first stitch and knit second stitch through the back loop, knit skipped stitch in front loop and slip both stitches from needle together. See Left Twist Video
RT (Right twist) – knit two stitches together and without taking stitches off left hand needle, reknit the first stitch and remove both stitches from left hand needle. See Right Twist Video
Directions are for Child Size with Adult in ( ) when necessary.
With smaller needles, cast on 28 (36) stitches using German Twisted Cast On method. See German Twisted Cast On Video Divide stitches as you prefer and join for working the round, taking care not to twist the stitches.
Mock Wavy Cable Rib
Rounds 1 – 2. *K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 3. *LT, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Rounds 4 – 6. *K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 7. *RT, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 8. *K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Work Rounds 1-8, 2 (3) times for a total of 16 (24) rounds.