Yarn: Fractal Spun worsted weight 2 ply, 2 oz. Descending Width Strip worsted weight 2 ply, 2 oz. Sheep Spot organic Polwarth.
Needles: US size 6, Magic Loop.
Size: I made these for a 5 year old girl. The Grammy's Mitt pattern is more like a recipe so it was pretty easy to just knit to fit.
Lessons Learned: Make sure you make the thumb long enough and pick up as many stitches around the hole as possible to avoid a hole. When pulling the tail through the top stitches to bind off, back track and put it through a couple of the beginning stitches again for extra security. Gently unspin the ends of your tails and felt them into place after you've woven them in, this helps prevent little fingers from unpicking them.
My criteria was pretty basic. I wanted it to be free, be EZ thumb friendly, fairly close to requiring a size 6 needle and lastly it needed to have an adorably pointy Norwegian style top.
When I stumbled upon the Grammy Mitt pattern I knew I had found a rare gem, a pattern I didn't want to Frankenstein! It was written recipe style, perfect for grading up and down in size and yarn weight! This woman spoke my language. She offered tips for where something needed to end on the hand before you started decreases and approx. rows AND inches, none of this 2.7 inches in correct gauge nonsense.
I chose to use yarns from my book ROVING, Fractal and Descending Width Stripe. I had knit a pair of legwarmers for the same little woman from the DWS yarn and wanted to use the matching Fractal yarn to make a pair of mittens. It turns out the scrap of the DWS was exactly enough to knit 8 rows of ribbing in the cuff. I love how that solid strip really sets off the matching Fractal stripes.
By the end I had ripped out the mittens on around three different occasions (thumb too short, fingers too short, two right mittens), but each rip was worth it to finding the perfect fit. Here is a break down of the exact row-age I used on the finished mitten for what I would call a children's medium mitten.
Cast On: Knitted CO in Fractal yarn.
Cuff: 15 rows 1x1 ribbing. 3 rows Fractal yarn (the CO counts acts as the fourth row), 8 rows DWS yarn, 4 rows Fractal.
Main Body Below Thumb: 16 rows plain knitting with Fractal yarn. 17 rows if you include the EZ thumb hole row.
Thumb Hole: 6 stitches.
Main Body Above Thumb: 17 rows plain knitting with Fractal yarn.
Top: K1, K2tog, knit to the end of the needle, K1, K2tog for both needles, every other round until 10 total stitches remain (5 on each needle). Thread the tail through and pull tight from the inside.
Thumb: Pick up the 12 stitches plus 2 or 3 more stitches on either end. On your first round, K2tog to decrease back down to 6 stitches. 12 rows plain knitting with Fractal yarn. K1, K2tog across both sides, twice, 6 total stitches remaining. Thread the tail threw and pull tight from the inside.