Every year A Good Yarn knits hats, scarves and mittens for a local Baltimore City school.
Your contributions are distributed to the first through fifth grade students of the Walter P. Carter school during their annual Xmas party.
Your generosity always results in a great response from the students. We have been told that it is not unusual for these handmade "hugs" to be the only gifts these children might receive during the holiday season.
We would love to have you be a part of our charity knit. To help with sizing and design ideas, you will find some basic scarf, hat and mitten patterns on this page.
Hand size: Small (6.5"), Medium (6.75") and Large (7").
This is a basic pair of mittens with a non-directional thumb gusset (you can wear them on either hand) worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. You will need approximately 150 yds and needles to get a gauge of 5sts/inch. You can work with double points, two circs or the magic loop technique.
• CO (32, 32, 34)
• Join, PM (place marker) and work in 1x1 rib for (2, 2.5, 3) inches.
• Increase one stitch in last round. (Best done in first half of round.)
• Work three rounds plain. (Knit all rounds.)
• On the side you worked your increase start your thumb gusset.
1. K7, [P1, K1, P1], K rest of round.
PLEASE NOTE: I am using purl stitches to frame and mark the thumb gusset parameters. All the gusset increases will happen inside/between these two purls. Gusset increase directions will be bracketed, [ ]. Starting with Round 2 (an increase round), only the gusset stitch directions will be shown. You will knit to the first purl st, work the bracketed stitches, then knit the rest of the round.
2. [P1, M1, K1, M1, P1].
3. K the K's and P the P's. (Repeat every other row.)
4. [P1, M1, K3, M1, P1].
6. [P1, M1, K5, M1, P1].
• Keep repeating this bracketed, [ ], sequence until you have [P1, K (13, 13, 15), P1] for your thumb gusset.
• Work two rounds of K the K's and P the P's.
• Next round work up to the P. P that stitch, place the [K (13,13,15)] stitches on a waste yarn, P the next P stitch and then K the rest of the round.
• Continue working in the round in stockinet stitch (no P's) until the hand measures (4, 5, 6) inches above the cuff. (For large size decrease down to 32 sts at this point.)
• Start deceases by placing markers every 8 sts.
1. * K to marker, SM (slip marker), K2 tog *; repeat * - * to end of round.
2. Knit one round plain.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 once more.
Repeat Round 1 every round until you have 4 sts left. Cinch by cutting a 10" tail of your working yarn, threading it though a darning needle and transferring all the live stitches. Pull, cinch, to close.
1. Transfer held thumb stitches back to needle and pick up stitches in the purl bumps to add two stitches to your thumb. K in the round for (1.25, 1.5, 1.75) inches.
Head measurements: Small (18" – 19"), Medium (20" – 21") and Large (21" – 22").
This is a basic roll brim hat worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. You will need approximately 150 yds and a 16" circular needle to get a gauge of 4.5 sts/inch.
• CO (82, 86, 90)
• Join, PM (place marker) and work in the round for 8" from CO.
• K2, K2 tog around.
• K one round.
• K2, K2 tog around.
• Cinch: Cut working yarn leaving a 10" tail. Thread through a darning needle and transfer all live stitches. Pull to close. (Remember to leave yourself a bit of "breathing" room for the next step.) Pick up every other cinched stitch and cinch again to close. Weave in end.