Rainbow mittens

Rainbow mittensSo here is what I was making! The photograph was them end to end and inside out showing all the ends. PuzzleNot easy to guess I know.

The reason I made them was because the saffron coloured ones I had made beforeOriginal mittenshad got rather grubby and fluffy because I wore them so much and my winter jacket had velcro.Grubby mittensBut what could I wear when these were in the wash? (Now they did wash up very well and looked bright and clean and much less fluffy.)

When I made them I had a limited amount of that colour yarn left after making the hat so they are a bit short.

I saw some rainbow hand/wrist warmers on Marr Rose’s Treasury Tuesday and that made me decide to try a rainbow versionof my mittens.

This time I would make them longer and decided on two rows of each of the seven rainbow colours and that meant repeating the colours twice.

Here I am wearing one – backBack of mittenand frontFront of mittenThey are very easy to make and because of the back and front post trebles (US – dcs) they are very warm and cosy. The fact that the lower part of the thumb has it’s own little cover means the thumb stays warmer than on those mittens made from a rectangle joined down the side with a hole left for the thumb. In fact you can tuck the thumb in even more than it looks on the photos.

Just in case anyone is interested I will include the pattern since I made it up myself except for the basic stitch that came from the pattern for the Bonbon hat.

They are just as nice made in one colour and that allows you to make the wrist part just the length you want but I will give the pattern as if making them in rainbow colours.

Pattern in US terms below UK one.

My Pattern for Rainbow Mittens – UK terms

I used DK acrylic yarn and 4.5mm hook. Tension worked out at 16 sts to 4 ins (10 cm) over rib.

Increase = Work your 1 bptr as usual, then work 2 fptr into the first of the fptr of the previous row; work 1 bptr into the second of the fptr of the previous row, then work 2 fptr into the same stitch.

Start with purple : 28 chain and sl st together. [My hands are about 7.5 ins (19 cm) round above the thumb and this size makes snug mittens that still fit nicely when the acrylic stretches a bit.] Any even number will do but you will need to adjust below when increasing for the thumb.

Start 3ch=1st tr then tr into each ch (28)

Start each of the following rows with 2ch that does not count as a stitch. [ I work the first bptr or fptr round these 2ch along with the stitch on the row below.]

Rib

2ch then (bptr, fptr) x 14. – Purple

Repeat 11 times more. – Purple (1), Indigo (2), Blue(2), Green (2), Yellow (2), Orange (2)
[For single colours mittens you could adjust here for how long you want the part covering the wrists to be.]

Now work in pattern.

– 2ch, then (bptr, 2fptr) x 14

Repeat pattern row 2 times. Red (2)

Increase row

7 repeats of (bptr, 2fptr) then work increase as shown above in both next two pairs. Then 5 repeats of (bptr, 2fptr). Purple (1)
[This is for the right hand mitten to make the joining line lie along the edge of the hand so reverse for left hand – 5 repeats before increases and 7 after. (You could of course not care about the join and just use 6 both times. Then you won’t need to worry which mitten is which!)]

2 more pattern rows. Purple (1), Indigo (1)

Another increase row

7 repeats, increase, 2 repeats, increase, 5 repeats (right hand – left in reverse as above.) Indigo (1)

5 pattern rows. Blue(2), Green (2), Yellow (1)

Finish thumb hole edge row.

fptr into each bptr and second fptr all round. Yellow (1)

Wrap below fingers rows.

bptr into all sts except those between outer increase ridges. (This means missing 8 stitches). Orange (1)

bptr into all sts – repeat 3 times. Orange (1), Red (2)

Finish off ends.

My Pattern for Rainbow Mittens – US terms

I used worsted weight acrylic yarn and 7 hook. Tension worked out at 16 sts to 4 ins (10 cm) over rib.

Increase = Work your 1 bpdc as usual, then work 2 fpdc into the first of the fpdc of the previous row; work 1 bpdc into the second of the fpdc of the previous row, then work 2 fpdc into the same stitch.

Start with purple : 28 chain and sl st together. [My hands are about 7.5 ins (19 cm) round above the thumb and this size makes snug mittens that still fit nicely when the acrylic stretches a bit.] Any even number will do but you will need to adjust below when increasing for the thumb.

Start 3ch=1st dc then dc into each ch (28)

Start each of the following rows with 2ch that does not count as a stitch. [ I work the first bpdc or fpdc round these 2ch along with the stitch on the row below.]

Rib

2ch then (bpdc, fpdc) x 14. – Purple

Repeat 11 times more. – Purple (1), Indigo (2), Blue(2), Green (2), Yellow (2), Orange (2)
[For single colours mittens you could adjust here for how long you want the part covering the wrists to be.]

Now work in pattern.

– 2ch, then (bpdc, 2fpdc) x 14

Repeat pattern row 2 times. Red (2)

Increase row

7 repeats of (bpdc, 2fpdc) then work increase as shown above in both next two pairs. Then 5 repeats of (bpdc, 2fpdc). Purple (1)
[This is for the right hand mitten to make the joining line lie along the edge of the hand so reverse for left hand – 5 repeats before increases and 7 after. (You could of course not care about the join and just use 6 both times. Then you won’t need to worry which mitten is which!)]

2 more pattern rows. Purple (1), Indigo (1)

Another increase row

7 repeats, increase, 2 repeats, increase, 5 repeats (right hand – left in reverse as above.) Indigo (1)

5 pattern rows. Blue(2), Green (2), Yellow (1)

Finish thumb hole edge row.

fpdc into each bpdc and second fpdc all round. Yellow (1)

Wrap below fingers rows.

bpdc into all sts except those between outer increase ridges. (This means missing 8 stitches). Orange (1)

bpdc into all sts – repeat 3 times. Orange (1), Red (2)

Finish off ends.

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12 thoughts on “Rainbow mittens

  1. your photo was extremely misleading. I’m very disappointed, I’d thought I was spot on with the table runner 🙂
    Love your rainbow mitts. Could do with them myself this second, even indoors – winter hit us with a vengeance !!!

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