Milo Mitts Pattern

As promised, here is my latest pattern, fresh from pattern testing. A big thanks to all of my testers for their feedback and super knitting. You can check out their projects here.

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My little miss loves to be all matchy-matchy.  Nearly as much as she loves Dora.  So I couldn’t resist making a wee pair of fingerless mittens to match her Milo top.

The cable that I used for my Milo was the horseshoe cable. I will share the instructions for this cable here, the other 4 cables in the Milo pattern can be used on these mittens as well. Or you could substitute any cable that uses 8 knit stitches.

 The instructions are for 3 sizes: 1, 2 and 4.

Size 1 is knit on 3.75mm needles, and utilises the same stitch numbers as size 2, but is knit at a tighter gauge. The thumb should be knit two rows shorter.

Sizes 2 and 4 are knit on 4mm needles, with a gauge of 6 stitches and 9 rows to an inch in stocking stitch.

I love to knit using magic loop, but you could easily knit these mittens on DPNs instead. They have also been tested on a 30cm circular needle.

 Materials: You will need approximately 20-40g of DK weight yarn for each pair of Milo Mitts. Also you will use two stitch markers and some scrap yarn as a stitch holder.

 Abbreviations:

 

2×2 Rib – knit 2, purl 2 stitches

pm – place marker (stitch marker)

M1R – Make one, right leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitches with your left needle coming from in front of the bar and knit through the back of the picked up bar.

M1L – Make one, left leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitches with your left needle coming from behind the bar and knit through the front of the picked up bar.

These paired increases make a tidy thumb increase.

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 There are two options for this pattern as shown below option 1 is shown in “Watermelon” colourway by The Wool Company. It features a garter stitch cuff. Option 2 is shown in a now deleted pink Wool Company colourway and features a 2×2 ribbed cuff.

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You will need to knit a ‘left’ mitt and a ‘right’ mitt as the cable is on the top of the glove.

Horseshoe Cable Pattern:

 Abbreviations:

C4F – slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at the front of the work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

C4B – slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold at the back of the work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

 

Round 1-3: p2, k8, p2.

Round 4: p2, C4B, C4F, p2

Round 5-6: p2, k8, p2.

Pattern:

 

Left Mitt

Cuff Option 1:

Cast on 28 (32) stitches, join in the round and work alternating rounds of knit and purl for 1 inch.

Knit one round, increasing 2 (4)  stitches evenly across the round, bringing the total to 30 (36) stitches.

Round 1: sets up for the cable.  k 3 p2 k8, p2,  knit to end of round

Round 2 : knit in pattern as set above.

Knit 8 (10) rounds in pattern, beginning cable as per cable instructions. Then continue on to Round 3 below, continuing to work cable in established pattern.

 Cuff Option 2:

Cast on 28 (32)  stitches, join in the round and work 2×2 rib for 2 (2.5) inches.

You should have 14 stitches on needle 1 and 14 on needle 2.

Knit one round, increasing 2 (4) stitches evenly across the round, bringing total to 30 (36) stitches. *

Round 1: sets up for the cable.  k 3 p2 k8, p2,  knit to end of round

Round 2 : knit in pattern as set above.

Round 3:  knit in pattern to last stitch, PM, M1R, K1.

Round 4: k1 M1L, PM, knit around in pattern.

Round 5:  k2 M1L, Option2 works cable row here [ k2, p2, C4B, C4F, p2, knit to marker] * , knit to marker, M1R, k2

Round 6: knit around in pattern

Round 7:  Knit to marker, M1L,slip marker knit in pattern to marker, slip marker, M1R, knit to end of row.

Continue to alternate rounds 6 and 7 until there are 10 (12) stitches between markers.

Then – knit one round with no increases to final stitch marker. Remove all the stitches between markers onto a stitch holder – I use a piece of scrap yarn.

Cable cast on two stitches and work cable pattern until desired length.

Option one: work one round purl, one round knit, one round purl, and cast off in knit.

Option two: cast off.

 Thumb:

Place the 10 (12) stitches from holder onto needle. Pick up and knit 6 stitches along the top of the thumb. 16 (18) stitches.

Knit around, when you get back to 6 cast on stitches, knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together.

Knit 1 round without decreases then knit to cast on stitches, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit around until desired length. Approx 2 (4) rounds.

 Those knitting Option One may wish to work one purl round before casting off  in garter stitch.

Right hand

Work as for left hand until * (just after increase round)

 Round 1: k 1 p2 k8, p2 knit to end of round.

Round 2:  knit in pattern as set

[Option 1: Knit 8 (10) rounds in pattern, beginning cable as per cable instructions rather than beginning in Round 5 below. Then continue on to Round 3 below, continuing to work cable in established pattern. ]

Round 3: k1 p2 k8 p2, k2, PM, M1R, K2, M1L, PM, knit to end of round.

Round 4:  knit around in pattern

Round 5: k1, work cable row [p2,  C4B, C4F, p2] knit to marker, slip marker, M1R , knit to marker, m1L, slip marker,  knit to end of round.

Round 6: knit around in pattern

Round 7: knit in pattern to marker, M1R, knit to marker, slip marker, M1L, knit to end of round.

Continue to alternate rounds 6 and 7 until 10 (12) stitches between markers.

 Then – knit one round with no increases.

On the next round remove all the stitches between markers onto a stitch holder – I use a piece of scrap yarn.

 Cable cast on two stitches and work cable pattern until desired length, cast off. Again, you may wish to work a couple of rows in garter stitch before you cast off if you are knitting Option 1.

Work the thumb as for Left hand.

Happy Knitting!

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2 Responses to “Milo Mitts Pattern”


  1. 1 Heather August 17, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Fantastic pattern. I love the watermelon colorway. I bet little Miss will look lovely in her matching ensemble.

  2. 2 I August 20, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I love this pattern! Thank you! My tots are always fighting w/ the dexterity of mittens and gloved fingers being too long. This is perfect for those chilly fall days!


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