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Thrum Mittens on 4 needles


Materials: 100g worsted weight wool
Thrum roving
4-double pointed 4mm needles.

Size: The instructions are written for a woman’s mitt with necessary changes for man’s size given in brackets.
TENSION 20 sts = 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch with thrums knitted in.


Note: To make a thrum: Pull off (do not cut) a 3” piece of fleece or roving (using 3 strands of roving). Twist this length of fleece or roving slightly in the center so that it is about the same thickness as your yarn. Place the thrum in the stitch indicated in your pattern by following the k1th directions given below in every 3rd stitch of every 4th row of the main part of the mitten.
k1th: (knit 1 thrum): Insert right needle into next st knitwise. Wrap a 3 inch piece of thrum around the right needle leaving the ends to the inside of the work. Wrap yarn around needle and knit as if with 2 strands (the yarn and the thrum). When working this stitch on the next row, follow the directions for k1tbl given below.
k1tbl: knit the next stitch through the back loop. This stitch is used every time you knit a thrum stitch from the previous row to help lock in the fleece.


Right MittCuff:
Cast on 42 (44) sts. Join in a round, making sure not to twist the stitches around the needles. Work in K2 P2 rib for 4 to 6 inches.
Knit 2 rounds.
3rd round: *K2, k1th. Repeat from * to end. (or last 2 sts for larger size. K2)
4th round: *K2, k1tbl. Repeat from * to end. (or last 2 sts for larger size. K2) From this point on, thrums are to be worked in every 3rd st of every 4th row.
Knit 4 (6) rounds.

*Thumb gusset:
1st round: K21 (23). Inc 1 st in each of the next 2 sts. Knit to end of round.
2nd and all even rounds: knit.
3rd rounds: K21 (23) Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to the end.
5th rounds: K21 (23). Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to end.
Continue in this manner, having 2 sts more between the increases for thumb gusset on every right side row to 52 (56) sts.

Knit 1 more round.

Make thumb (Note: Do not include thrums in this portion of the thumb):
Next row: K35 (37). Turn. Cast on 1 st. P14 (including the stitch just cast on). Turn. Cast on 1 st. Working on these 15 thumb sts, continue in stocking st for 2” (2 ½”) ending with right side facing for next row.
Next row: K1. *K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. Break yarn.
Thread the end of the yarn through remaining sts. Draw up and fasten securely.
Sew thumb seam.

Make remainder of mitt: With right side of work facing, join yarn to last st on right hand needle. Pick up and knit 2 sts at base of thumb. Knit to the end of the round
Next round: Knit, including to the 2 sts picked up at the base of the thumb 40 (44) sts.
Continue even in knit and thrum sequence until work from top of ribbing measures
5 ¾” (6 ¼”).

Shape top:
1st round: K1. SL1. K1. psso. K14 (16). K2tog. K2. SL1. K1. psso. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
2nd and all even rounds: knit.
3rd round: K1. SL1. psso. K12 (14). K2tog. K2. SL1. K1. psso. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
5th round: K1. SL1. K1. psso. K10 (12). K2tog. K2. SL1. K1. psso. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1. Continue in this manner, having 2 sts less between decreases on every round to 16 sts.
Cut a tail about 18” long and thread through remaining stitches. Pull up and tie securely.
LEFT MITT
Work as for Right mitt to *thumb gusset then proceed as follows:
1st round: K16 (18). Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts. Knit to the end.
2nd and all even rounds: knit.
3rd round: K16 (18). Inc 1 st in next st. K2. Inc I st in next st. Knit to the end.
5th round: K16 (18). Inc 1 st in next st. K4. Inc 1 st in next st. Knit to the end.
Continue in this manner, having 2 sts more between inc for thumb gusset on every second row to 52 (56) sts.


Make thumb: K30 (32). Turn. Cast on 1 st. P14 including the cast on st. Turn. Cast on 1 st. Working on these 15sts, finish thumb and remainder of mitt as given for right mitt.

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