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Swirly Hurricane Mitts
October 21, 2009, 7:59 am
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Rav hates me and won’t let me post the pattern there…or I’m dumb and can’t figure it out. Either way…


Swirly Hurricane Fingerless Mittens

You need about half a skein of Mal worsted* or, 100-150 yds of any worsted weight yarn.

Needles in your preferred method of knitting in the round in US6/4mm and US8/5mm

Gauge: 5stitches=1inch


pm-place marker

kfb-knit into front and back of stitch, increasing 1

sm-slip marker to right needle

Note about pattern:

The purl swirl is made by offsetting the pattern repeat by 1 for each row. These mitts use a 6 stitch repeat, meaning the number of stitches needs to be a multiple of 6 plus one. You can alter how close together the swirls are by changing this number (it could be k3 p1 for closer swirls or k6p1 for farther apart swirls) depending on how you want them to look.

For the swirl pattern on both the hand and the thumb when you get to it, it’s easy to keep track of the pattern by just purling the stitch in the current round right before the purled stitch in the previous round.

Bigger size in ( )

Cast on 32 (36) stitches and join to work in the round

Work in 2×2 ribbing for 12 (14) rows-

You can increase the length of the cuffs if you want them to fold back over for extra warmth by adding extra ribbing rows.

For smaller size-on the last round, k2tog on last two stitches-31 st (for large size, increase 1 for 37 stitches)

Switch to larger needles, pm to mark beginning of round, and begin pattern:

K5, P1 around for 6 rounds

Begin thumb:

Every third round will be increasing by 2 for the thumb stitches by working the following 13 (16) rows:

1. Work in pattern for 14 (16) stitches, pm, kfb in next stitch, k1, kfb in next stitch, pm, k in pattern for rest of round (5 st between markers)

Optional-from here on out you can continue making a swirl pattern on the thumb as well. Start by purling the middle and last stitches between the markers. On every 3rd row, purl the last stitch between the markers to start a new swirl (don’t combine the hand and thumb swirls, treat them as two separate patterns)

2. work in pattern until 2 stitches before first marker, kfb those stitches, sm, k thumb stitches, sm, kfb next stitch, k in pattern for rest of round

3. work in pattern

4. work in pattern until thumb, sm, kfb first st, k3, kfb last st, sm, work in pattern for rest of round (7 thumb st)

5. work in pattern

6. work in pattern

7. work in pattern until thumb, sm, kfb k5, kfb, sm, work in pattern (9 thumb st)

8. work in pattern

9. work in pattern

10. work in pattern until thumb, sm, kfb, k7, kfb, sm, work in pattern (11 thumb st)

11. work in pattern

12. work in pattern

if making smaller size, work this one round:

13. work in pattern until marker, remove marker and slip 11 thumb stitches onto waste yarn, remove second marker, work in pattern for rest of round

Thumb increases complete for smaller size.

If making larger size, work next 4 rounds:

13. work in pattern, sm, kfb, k9, kfb, sm, work in pattern (13 thumb st)

14. work in pattern

15. work in pattern

16. work in pattern, remove marker, slip 13 thumb stitches onto waste yarn, remove marker, work in pattern for rest of round.

Work next 12 (14) rounds in pattern

Work 5 (6) rounds of seed stitch (or more ribbing if preferred- increase 1 stitch for ribbing)

Bind off loosely, I used EZ’s sewn bindoff.

Finish thumb:

Pick up 11 (13) stitches from waste yarn and pick up 5(7) more stitches from other size of thumb opening, for a total of 16 (20) stitches

Work following row 2 (3) times:

K around, decreasing by one where thumb meets hand for a total of 14 (17) stitches

work 4 (6) rounds in pattern

work 2 (3) rounds of seed stitch

Bind off loosely and weave in all ends.

*I got a hurricane hat and a pair of these out of one hank of worsted, with a little bit to spare, so I could have even made the mitts in the large size and had enough!


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