Skywalker mittens

Skywalker mitts

These mittens were inspired by the Jaywalker socks by Grumperina, the first socks I ever knitted. When trying to decide what to call them I asked my OH (explaining about the sock pattern) and being a Star Wars fan he came up with Skywalker!
I love the Chevron and the way they stay up on your feet so I thought I’d experiment with some fingerless mittens. Rather than use some self striping yarn I thought I’d also experiment switching colours in the round. This pattern helps to ‘hide’ the small shift from each round. I found twisting the different colours at the round helped to reduce any gaps. The thumb gusset increases are slightly different to conventional ones, in order to keep the decrease pattern running up the thumb (see picture below).

I used 3 colours of Rowan 4 Ply soft (Blue – A, Rose – B, Pink – C) and 3mm DPNs

kfb: knit front and back of stitch
p2sso: pass 2 slip stitches over

Cast on 60 stitches with A and split 15 on each needle
Round 1: Knit all stitches
Round 2: [kfb, k5, sl2, k1, p2sso, k5, kfb] across each needle
Repeat these 2 rounds once more
Change to B and repeat the 2 rounds above twice.
Change to C and continue in pattern

Continue switching colours B and C every 4 rounds until you’re happy with the length – the ones above have 5 colour repeats

Skywalker stitch detail

Thumb Gusset
At the next colour repeat (knit round)

Round 1: (first needle) K5, kfb, k3, kfb, K5, knit all stitches on remaining needles
Round 2: (first needle) kfb, k6, sl2, k1, psso, k6, kfb. (remaining needles) kfb, k5, sl2, k1, p2sso, k5, kfb
Round 3: (first needle) K5, kfb, k5, kfb, K5, knit all stitches on remaining needles
Round 4: (first needle) kfb, k7, sl2, k1, p2sso, k7, kfb. (remaining needles) kfb, k5, sl2, k1, psso, k5, kfb

Continue with the above decreases until there are 31 stitches on the 1st needle (continuing to switch colour every 4 rounds).

Next round: knit 5, put 21 stitches onto some waste yarn, CO 5 sts, rejoin to remaining 5 sts on 1st needle, knit round all stitches (60 sts)
Round 2: [kfb, k5, sl2, k1, psso, k5, kfb] across each needle
Continue in pattern, with colour changes until almost desired length. For last 4 rounds, return to original colour and cast off.

Skywalker thumb detail

Rejoining thumb 
Place stitches across 3 needles, there will now be 2 chevrons on the thumb, one along the front and one on the ‘back’ (closest to the fingers) so will need some ‘tweaking’ to ensure the pattern continues correctly, there will also only be 13sts in each chevron, rather than the 15 for the rest of the mitten.

Round 1: k21, pick up and knit 5 stitches across gap
Round 2: k4, kfb, k4, sl2, k1, p2sso, k4, kfb, kfb, k4, sl2, k1, p2sso
Round 3: knit
Round 4: k4, kfb, k4, sl2, k1, p2sso, k4, kfb, kfb, k4, sl2, k1, p2sso

Continue until desired length, knitting the last 4 rounds in the original colour, cast off.

Sew in all ends and block to ensure the chevrons stay pointy. Although, as you can see from the picture, this works better at the wrist than at the fingers which tend to curl with movement.

January 2012 – have amended the thumb notes so the maths makes sense!

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