How to Knit Mittens With Four Needles

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Linda Shepard

    About the Author

    Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of Spectacularstrolls.com, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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    Knitting with four needles at the same time may sound daunting. Once the technique has been mastered, seamless mittens of all sizes can be created. Keeping the yarn on the needles is not difficult, and the needles tend to be less wobbly as the mitten rows progress. This project requires knitting experience, and knowing both the knit and purl stitches. This pattern for pair of child-sized mittens is made with a thick yarn to keep tiny fingers warm and toasty.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 skein worsted weight yarn
    • 4 double-pointed knitting needles, size 6
    • Safety pin
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Tapestry needle

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    Cast on 25 stitches. Slide 8 stitches on a second needle. Slide 9 stitches on a third needle. Make sure no stitches are twisted.

    Working in the round, use the fourth needle to knit the stitches from the triangle made by the other three needles. Knit 1 and purl 1, for 12 rounds, to create the ribbing for the mitten cuff.

    Knit all stitches for 3 rounds.

    Slide 8 stitches on to a safety pin for the thumb, which will be worked later. Redistribute the remaining stitches on the 3 knitting needles evenly.

    Continue knitting until the hand portion of the mitten measures 6 inches long, including the ribbing. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn tail and inset the needle into each stitch on the knitting needles. Pull tight, knot and pull tail to inside of mitten.

    Slide the thumb stitches onto the three needles. Knit for 1 1/2 inches. Cut a 6-inch tail. Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn tail and insert the needle into each stitch on the knitting needles. Pull tight, knot and pull tail to inside of mitten.

    Weave the yarn tails into rows of knitting on the inside of the mittens using the tapestry needle. Repeat all steps for a second mitten.

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