The Fond mittens are an ideal starter project for knitters aspiring to knit fingered gloves one day. You’ll be introduced to thumb gusset shaping whilst in the safe cocoon of a garter and rib texture, which is a beautifully elastic and fit-friendly fabric. Four sizes are provided, to fit palm circumferences 15 (18, 21, 24) cm [6 (7, 8¼, 9½) in].
The mittens start with a strip of cable edging that forms the cuff. Stitches are picked up and knitted along the row-end edges of this strip. The rest of the cuff is worked in a cable and rib basket weave pattern. Increases are worked to create a thumb gusset, and then the hand stitches are left on a holder while the thumb is worked in garter stitch with stocking stitch ribs. The hand is then completed in broken rib and cable basket weave pattern, before the mitten is seamed together. The second mitten is worked in the same way, with mirrored patterning.
The yarn used for the sample was Something to Knit with Aran, which is in the process of being discontinued; however, any standard Aran yarn with a stocking stitch/stockingette tension of 18 sts x 24 rows to 10cm will likely be an excellent substitute. Please visit YarnSub for more guidance, and make sure you knit a test swatch!
Picking up stitches (photo and video tutorial)
Video tutorials relating to this pattern can also be found at https://www.actechniques.co.uk/something-to-knit-together-winter-edition