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Raspberry Scarf and Mittens

Last Sunday I got a call from my college friend inviting me to her birthday party in a week. Thinking that something from the warm department would be a suitable gift for a November birthday, I scoured the internets in search of ideas for some sort of a hat/glove/scarf combo. It had to be something simple – I had less than a week to make the gift – yet pretty. I found a very elegant Diagonal Lace Scarf on Midnight Purl’s website that looked quite easy to make, and thought that if I threw in mittens with the same lace pattern, the gift would be complete. It was finished with 3 hours to spare, which I used to model the scarf and mittens around and take some pictures.

Yarn and Needles
I happened to have 5 skeins of raspberry color Soft Angora yarn (80% wool, 20% angora), which was exactly enough for the scarf and mittens.

17 stitches x 25 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
The final size of the scarf is 25 X 150 cm (10 inches x 5 feet)

The mittens fit a medium size woman’s hand

Pattern and Process
In addition to the Garter Stitch used in the border of the scarf and the rib and thumb of the mittens, there is only one simple lace pattern to follow.

For the scarf:

Cast on 39 stitches. Work 5 rows in Garter Stitch (knit all stitches). Repeat rows 1-6 of the pattern below till the scarf is a desired length. Finish with 5 rows of garter stitch. Block the scarf if needed.

Note: to do the “sl1, k1, psso” combo, slip the first stitch, knit the next stitch, and slide the knitted stitch through the slipped stitch.

For the mittens:

Cast on 30 stitches and distribute them over 4 double-pointed needles (7-8-7-8).

Work  the first 20 rounds in garter stitch (alternating purl and knit rounds) making the cuff. Continue in pattern established in rounds 1-2 as follows:

Move the last 7 stitches to a stitch holder or a safety pin – they will be used in making the thumb later.

Begin reducing for the fingers. Make sure you reduce stitches on the sides of the mitten:

Cut the yarn and pull it though the 5 remaining stitches. Tuck it in inside the mitten.

To make the thumb, pick up 5 stitches from the body of the mitten and arrange all 12 stitches (7 from the stitch holder + 5 newly picked up ones) on 3 or 4 double-pointed needles.  Work in garter stitch (alternating knit and purl rounds) for 16 rounds.

Cut the yarn and pull it though the 4 remaining stitches. Tuck it in inside the thumb.