This pattern was born out of necessity. All of the patterns that I could find for men's mittens were lacking in some way. I didn't like the shaping of the thumb and top of the hand in one; I hated the gusset in another; a third was at just absolutely the wrong gauge. These are a hybrid of all the mitten patterns I've seen - the only real difference is that it's free!
NOTE: These mittens took almost exactly 1 skein of Wool-Ease Heathers (70g; 162yd). If you have the same yardage per skein and want to use just one skein, you'll have to frog your gauge swatch.
Size: Men's M/L (approx 8in/20cm circumference by 8.5in/21cm long, minus cuff)
Gauge: 22sts by 33rows to 4in (10cm)
1 skein Lion Wool-Ease Multi-color (80%Acrylic, 20%Wool) Pines Colorway [70g to 162yd]
1 set US5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles (or however you like doing circular knitting)
2 stitch markers
Cast on 44 stitches.
Join, being careful not to twist, and place marker (PM) at beginning of round.
Rounds 1-25: (K1; P1) repeat to end of round.
Round 26: K43; M1; K1
Round 27: K22; PM; M1; K1; M1; PM; K22*
Round 28: K all sts
Rounds 29-30: K all sts
Round 31: K22; M1; K to marker; M1 before marker; K22
Rounds 32-49: Repeat Rounds 29-31 six MORE times (17 sts between markers)
Round 50: K22; Place stitches between markers on holder; CO1 in gap; K22
*NOTE: I did the M1 stitches using a M1L and a M1R for the first and second, respectively. I am told this makes a neater gusset, but I'm not sure I believe it.
Rounds 51-74: K all sts
Round 75: K19; K2tog; K24 (44 sts remain)
Round 76: K1; SSK; K16; K2tog; K1; PM; K1; SSK; K16; K2tog; K1 (40 sts rem)
Round 77: K all sts
Round 78: (K1; SSK; K to 3 before marker; K2tog; K1) twice (36 sts rem)
Rounds 79-86: Repeat rounds 77-78 4 MORE times (20 sts rem after round 86)
Rounds 87-89: Repeat Round 78 3 MORE times (8 sts rem after round 89)
Break yarn, leaving a long tail.
Graft remaining live stitches using Kitchener stitch.
Alternatively, gather remaining stitches through remaining 8 stitches as if closing a hat.
Move live stitches onto double pointed needles.
Round 1: Pick up and knit two stitches over gap (one on either side), then continue knitting thumb stitches (19 sts rem)
Rounds 2-10: K all sts.
Round 11: K2tog over picked up stitches; K17 (18 sts rem)
Rounds 12-16: K all sts.
Round 17: (K1; K2tog) six times (12 sts rem)
Round 18: K2tog six times (6 sts rem)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull to gather hole closed.
Sew all yarns securely to inside. Be sure to sew yarn over thumb "crotch" such that any vestigial gaps are closed.
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