Pawlets - free knitting pattern!
I’ve heard a lot of chat on Ravelry about Colourmart - a UK-based supplier of yarn remnants from designer/custom orders at prestigious mills. They specialise in cashmere, but also have a wide selection of merino blends, shetland, and silks. I sent off for a sampler set and received it on Wednesday, along with a 26g miniskein of washed 2/7Nm cashmere.
Instead of just swatching with it, I decided to make my 26g go as far as possible and get a good wear-testing by making some mitts to wear over the next couple of (hopefully) cold winter months. I’ve had store-bought cashmere fingerless mitts in the past and they definitely weren’t suitable for a cyclist!
I call these Pawlets, because a Scots word for mittens is pawkies, but being as these don’t cover your fingers they’re somewhat diminutive pawkies…
For the benefit of others with miniskeins of CM cashmere they may want to use, or 22g (what I used) of any heavy fingering to light DK-weight yarn, here’s what I did:
Gauge: 24 sts x 33 rows = 10cm/4”
Using 3.75mm needles, CO 40sts. Join to knit in the round.
Work k2, p2 ribbing for 3 rounds.
Work even for 4 rounds.
Now work back and forth across in rows for 20 rows to form the thumb opening (I slipped the first st pwise to form a neat selvedge that curls in on itself).
Join again to work in the round.
Work even for 24 rounds.
Work k2, p2 ribbing for 4 rounds.
BO using Russian BO or similarly loose BO.
Thread a tapestry needle with a scrap of contrasting yarn and work 2 mattress stitches over the top of three stitches at either end of the thumb opening.
With the thumb opening along one side, find the opposite edge and locate the stitch 2 rows above the ribbing on the imaginary side-seam. Work a duplicate stitch over this stitch to form a tiny heart in your contrasting colour.
There is really no need to block these if you’re going to wear them right away, but if you’re making these as a gift, or planning to store them for the summer, you might want to give them a wash and a block.
I recommend soaking them for 15 minutes in warm water (cold water if you’re concerned about colours bleeding) with a little wool soak or mild shampoo (2-in-1 works great!), then squeezing out the excess water. Lay them flat in their rough shape on a small towel, roll up the towel with the mitts inside and then beat it hard with the sides of your fists or jump on top of it a few times.
Lay the mitts out in 2 neat rectangles of the same size (use a ruler if this helps to get your edges straight and even-lengthed) and wait for them to dry thoroughly before wrapping or storing.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this pattern. Feel free to share the pattern (but please don’t sell it), or sell any items made from it acknowledging Wool + Bricks as the designer.