Friday, July 22, 2011

Beartooth Mountain Mitts

This pattern was inspired by my love of The Beartooth Mountains and the early summer trips we take each year to the top.  The road is only open a short time each year. If the snow can be plowed from the road prior to Memorial Weekend it opens and will remain open until after Labor Day. To get to “The Top Of The World” one must go up - and then back down -  a narrow two lane switchbacked road.
Pattern: Beartooth Mountain Mitts by Emptyknitster
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather
Colorway: Galaxy
Amount: 1 skein
Needle size: US 3

Beartooth Mountain Mitts
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Cuff circumference: 7 inches (unstretched)
Length: 6.25 inches

MATERIALS:
Cascade 220
1 set of US #3 needles
Approx. 12 inches smooth waste yarn in a contrasting color
Tapestry needle
 
PATTERN NOTES:
BHC – (Back Half Cable), Knit in front of second stitch from needle point then knit first stitch on needle slide both stitches off needle

FHC - (Front Half Cable), K in back of second stitch from needle point then knit first stitch on needle slide both stitches off needle

DIRECTIONS:
Left Hand
Cable CO 44 sts. Set stitches for the magic loop method.

Work 4 rounds in 1x1 Rib.

First Switchback:
Knit 2 stitches, 1Front Half Cable (FHC), knit 1, FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 3 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 4 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 5 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 6 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 7 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 8 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 9 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 10 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 11 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 12 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 13 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 14 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 15 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round

Second switchback:
Knit 15 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 14 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 13 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 12 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 11 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 10 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 9 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 8 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 7 stitches, 1BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 6 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 5 stitches, 1BHC, knit 1, 1BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 4 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round

Third switchback:
Knit 4 stitches, 1FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 5 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 6 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 7 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 8 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 9 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 10 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 11 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 12 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 13 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round

Fourth Switchback:
Knit 13 stitches, 1BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 12 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 11 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 10 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 9 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit 8, using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn; knit to end of round
Knit 8 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 7 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round


Fifth Switchback:
Knit 6 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 7 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 8 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round
Knit 9 stitches, 1 FHC, knit 1, 1 FHC, knit to end of round

Top of the World!
Knit 9 stitches, 1BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round
Knit 8 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to end of round

Work 4 more rounds in 1x1 Rib.
Bind Off
Break yarn and draw through last st. Thread yarn tail on tapestry needle and sew yarn tail to beginning of BO round. Weave in end.

Thumb:
Carefully remove waste yarn and place resulting live sts on two double-point needles; there will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts in space between upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. 17 sts.

K 6 rounds.
1x1 rib 4 rounds
BO loosely

Weave in ends.

Left Hand thumb change:
Work as for Left Hand, EXCEPT work Fourth Switchback Knit 9 stitches, 1 BHC, knit 1, 1 BHC, knit to last 7 stitches of round, using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn;

FINISHING
Steam block lightly if desired.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Your mitts turned out great!! I love how much they resemble the switchbacks on the Beartooths. Can't wait to see what you create next!!