I have small hands. I’ve made a few pairs of mitts over the years that have never fitted properly simply because I have followed the pattern and 99% of patterns are for ‘average’ hands. I’m not average so this time I made them in the round so I could try on as I went and adjust the size to fit.
Step 1 take measurements:
- Where you want the cuff to finish
- Just above the wrist bone
- Around your hand at the widest point including the thumb
- Around the knuckles
- Cuff to wrist
- Wrist to base of thumb
- Base of thumb to top of palm
- Work out your tension and how many stitches to cast on. The tension (gauge) should be a bit tighter than normally recommended for the yarn so that the fabric is very firm similar to socks. I tend to go down 1 to 2 needle sizes from my normal size.
- Work out how many stitches to decrease over the distance from cuff to wrist bone
- Work out how many stitches to increase before the thumb is cast off.
- Work out how many stitches to cast off for your thumb.
- Start with a couple of rows of moss stitch or rib so that the ends won’t roll
- Knit down to the wrist bone decreasing to your wrist size by reducing 1 stitch at the start and end of each decrease round.
- If you want to add another couple of rows of texture.
- Knit to the point where your hand starts getting wider.
- K1 stitch,M1, knit to the last stitch,M1 K1
- On the next increase row K2, M1, Knit to the last 2 stitches, M1 K2
- Continue like this adding the extra stitches into the thumb until you have covered the knuckle at the base of the thumb.
- For the thumb stitches in the next 2 rows use the same stitch as you used to start, the rest of the round remains stocking stitch.
- Cast off the thumb stitches on the next round
- Continue on the hand knitting straight until the knuckles are covered.
- Finish with 2 rounds to match the start.
- Cast off and sew in ends.