I like it every year add some new decorations to the Christmas tree and this year I have thought about doing knitted christmas decorations with two needles. I had some remnants of green and red wool, which is a very Christmassy combination and I have used them to make these little mittens.
They are very small (they only measure 8 cm) so they can be woven in a little while.
This is how they are done:
We need some needles # 3 for the cuff and # 4 for the rest of the mittens and a bit of fine wool in two different colors. I have used red and green but there are other combinations that can also be very Christmassy, such as white and red, white and blue, white and green …
We begin to mount 20 stitches on the needles of nº 3 and knit in elastic stitch alternating 1 stitch from the right and one from the wrong side for 16 laps.
You can use two small balls of wool and knit both mittens at the same time, thus ensuring that they fit the same way without having to count all the laps.
Once the elastic is woven, we change to the needles of nº 4 and knit to stockinette for 14 turns. In these 14 laps we combine the colors with stripes, dots, zig zag or any other drawing that we want to make
At the end of the 14 rounds, we cut the strand with which we are knitting, we thread it in a wool needle and pass it through the 20 stitches we have knitted, allowing a small gap to form before the first stitch. We pass the strand through this hole and pull the wool to gather the mitten.
With this same strand we join the sides. Please note that only one third of the size of the mitten needs to be sewn, the rest is left open to sew the thumb.
Let’s also sew the cuff part.
To knit the thumb we mount 8 stitches on the needles of nº 4.
1st turn inside out
2nd turn of the right
3rd turn inside out
4th round from the right, but we knit the first two and the last two stitches together. We will be left on the needle 6
5th turn inside out
6th round from the right, but we knit the first two and the last two stitches together. We will have 4 stitches left over the needle
7th turn inside out
8th row from the right, but we knit the first two and the last two stitches together. We will have 2 stitches on the needle
9th turn inside out knitting the two stitches left on the needle together. We cut and remove the strand.
We fold the piece we have just knitted in half and sew on the top and on the straight side (three rows of stocking stitch). We sew part of the beak in the mitten.
Before you know it, you have a pair of finished mitts ready to hang on your Christmas fir.
If you want to see more ideas to decorate at Christmas taking advantage of wool scraps, here you will find some elves made with pom poms that are very cool and these knitted snowmen that you will love.
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