Winter Buzz – Part 4

With our hand complete, it is time to turn our attention to the thumb.  We have created a nice resting place for our thumb with a full-fashioned gusset.  A few quick rounds and you can wear your toasty warm beauties.

I have a very popular video to help you, titled Thumb”, that I created as a generic guide to all thumb knitting.  Since many of you are first time mitten knitters, I created a Winter Buzz Thumb video that is specific to this pattern.  The new video contains the same techniques without the confusion of trying to adapt to a different stitch count.  I welcome your feedback as I am always striving to create better videos.

As promised, I have several patterns to help you use any leftover Simpliworsted yarn.  At the bottom of this post, I will tease you with a pattern featuring two Winter Buzz hat versions available in the Pattern Store on my website.  Also, try the FREE pattern for Classic Cable Napkin Rings that uses leftover Simpliworsted yarn.

Check back tomorrow for a photo of the completed mittens.

Part Four

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Thumb – Mitten

Place first 6 stitches from stitch holder onto a double point needle.  This will be Needle #1.

Place last 6 stitches from stitch holder onto a second double point needle.  This will be Needle #2.

With a third double point needle, pick up one stitch in “ditch” on left side of thumb opening (area between Needle #2 and the backward loop cast on stitches), pick up 2 stitches above thumb opening (former backward loop cast on stitches), and one stitch in “ditch” on right side of thumb opening (area between the backward loop cast on stitches and Needle #1).  There are 4 stitches on Needle #3 for a total of 16 thumb stitches.

Beginning round at Needle #1, join yarn leaving a 12” tail.

Knit 12, (k2tog) twice.  14 thumb stitches.

Knit all 14 stitches until thumb reaches halfway up thumbnail.

Decrease thumb as follows:

*k2tog, k1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2tog.  (9 stitches)

*k2tog; repeat from * to last stitch, k1.  (5 stitches)

Break yarn and thread through loop and pull tight to close.

Weave in ends using thumb tail to close any remaining gaps in thumb gusset.


Thumb – Fingerless Mitt

Work same as Mitten Thumb, except ending when thumb reaches halfway up thumb or to desired length.  Do not decrease.

Bind off loosely.

Weave in ends using thumb tail to close any remaining gaps in thumb gusset.

Cool Hands = Warm Heart

Warm Mittens = Cool Knitting Chick

©2012 Michelle Hunter

Winter Buzz Hats

Pattern includes two versions knit with Simpliworsted – Slouchy and Watch Cap.  Slouchy version uses approximately 140g and Watch Cap version uses approximately 90g.  See the Pattern Store for details.

Classic Cable Napkin Rings

Turn your leftover yarn into a chic table accessory.  Download your FREE pattern today!

KAL continues on February 2nd!

Join us next month as the Progressive Needles KAL continues with two-color sock knitting in Disappearing Act.  This toe up pattern features great techniques and a heel new to the series.  Disappearing Act uses two skeins of Royal sock yarn – one for the main color and one for the contrasting color.  Pair your favorite colors and let the fun begin.  Sample was knit on US#1 (2.5mm) needles with a gauge of 8.5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette.



22 thoughts on “Winter Buzz – Part 4

  1. I’m asking after the fact. I split my two skeins of Royal into two of each color so they are ready for 2aat knitting. Did I goof?

  2. There are many resources available online if your local yarn shop does not carry Royal. For a list of the KAL suppliers check the Skacel website. I’m looking forward to knitting in 2 colors with you!

  3. Hi there! Finished the mittens! I learned so much. Thank you..I’m wondering where to find Royal sock yarn…

  4. Check out the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry. Some of the fellow KALers have pattern adaptations that they have shared there. One of the great modifications was for a design like you are requesting. Let me know if you have trouble locating it!

  5. So just because I always need to find a twist… there any way to convert this pattern to the ‘convertible mitt’ where you can fold the top of the glove back and have a fingerless mitt on the inside?!

  6. I don’t understand thumb decrease. If you have decreased down to 5 stitches, there is more than 1 loop to thread the yarn tail through, correct? Newer knitter…..

  7. I also knit the thumbs with magic loop and they came out perfect. Loved the pattern so much couldn’t decide which one to do so I did both. Grand daughter has claimed the mittens and daughter claimed the fingerless mitts. Thank you for such great patterns.

  8. You can certainly do your thumbs with the magic loop. I would put all the stitches from the holder on one needle and then put your “ditch” stitches and pick up stitches on the second needle. After a round, you may want to rearrange the stitches to even the stitch count on each needle. Let me know how it all works out!

  9. I did my mittens 2-at-a time using magic loop. Can I do the thumbs on magic loop also? Any suggestions?

  10. Thanks so much! I may have to knit a hat for my daughter too, since she has already claimed the mittens as her own!

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