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.
- 5 skeins Soft Angora yarn (109yds/50g each)
- 2 single pointed needles US size 6 for the scarf (you can buy these here)
- 5 double pointed needles US size 6 for the 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.
- Row 1: k3, *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1* repeat from * to * 11 times, k3
- Row 2: k3, purl 33 stitches, k3
- Row 3: k4, *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1* repeat form * to * 11 times, k2
- Row 4: k3, purl 33 stitches, k3
- Row 5: k5, *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1* repeat from * to * 11 times, k1
- Row 6: k3, purl 33 stitches, k3
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:
- Set-up round 1: *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1* repeat from * to * 10 times
- Set-up round 2: knit all stitches
- Round 1: move the first stitch on the left needle over to the right needle without knitting, *yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1* repeat form * to * 10 times
- Round 2: knit all stitches
- Rounds 3-10: work in pattern of rounds 1-2. Add 1 st at the end of rounds 6, 8, and 10.
- Rounds 11-12: work in pattern without adding any stitches
- Rounds 13-18: work in pattern adding 1 stitch at the end of rounds 14, 16, and 18.
- Rounds 19-20: work in pattern without adding any stitches. You should now have 36 stitches total.
- Round 21: work in pattern to the last 7 stitches. Add 1 stitch.
Move the last 7 stitches to a stitch holder or a safety pin – they will be used in making the thumb later.
- Rounds 22 – 44 (or until the mitten is as long as necessary): work in pattern with 30 stitches
Begin reducing for the fingers. Make sure you reduce stitches on the sides of the mitten:
- Round 45: *k10, k2tog, k1, k2tog* twice
- Round 46: purl all stitches (26 stitches left)
- Round 47: *k8, k2tog, k1, k2tog* twice
- Round 48: purl all stitches (22 stitches left)
- Round 49: *k6, k2tog, k1, k2tog* twice
- Round 50: purl all stitches (18 stitches left)
- Round 51: *k5, k2tog, k2tog* twice
- Round 52: purl all stitches (14 stitches left)
- Round 53: *k3, k2tog, k2tog* twice
- Round 54: purl all stitches (10 stitches left)
- Round 55: k2tog 5 times
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.
- Round 17: *k4, k2tog* twice
- Round 18: purl (10 stitches left)
- Round 19: *k3, k2tog* twice
- Round 20: purl (8 stitches left)
- Round 21: k2tog 4 times
Cut the yarn and pull it though the 4 remaining stitches. Tuck it in inside the thumb.