Gathering of the Clouds
8 sts per inch
Cast on 58 sts, join in the round, being careful not to twist. [Note: To make the “Hobbit Holes” lace border it is easiest to have 30 sts on one needle, and 28 on the other]
Begin “Hobbit Holes” lace border:
Purl one round.
Next round - *k2tog, yo*; repeat from * to end of round
Purl next round.
-End of lace border-
Knit each round until piece measures 3.5” from cast on edge.
Waste yarn section
Next round - Drop working yarn, with waste yarn, knit 8 sts, drop waste yarn, then continue to knit with working yarn for rest of round. (Note: For other mitt, you can begin this round by: knit to last 8 sts of needle, drop working yarn, with waste yarn, knit 8 sts, drop waste yarn, then continue to knit the rest of round with working yarn)
If you have not done this type of thumb before, this is a peasant thumb, and one of my favorites to do. By knitting those sts with the waste yarn, you will create a “zipper” you can “unzip” (undo) later, resulting in live sts you will use to begin knitting the thumb.
Knit 5 more rounds [Note: if you moved your sts, you will need to now move one st over to the next needle so you have 29 sts on each needle. This will make your decreases in the next section evenly spaced.]
Begin decrease section
Next round, *k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts on needle, ssk, k1*; repeat once more (54 sts total now)
Knit next round
Repeat these two rounds once more (50 sts total)
-End decrease section-
Knit each round until piece measures 8.5” from cast on edge.
Begin ending ribbed cuff
*k1, p1* until end of round
Repeat above round 9 more times
Bind off loosely.
Carefully remove waste yarn from 8 sts, putting those live sts onto needles. There will be 15 live sts. Knit around, picking up 3 sts on each side of thumb sts (21 sts).
Knit 1 round.
On next round, knit round, decreasing 1 st (from side sts you picked up). (20 sts total)
Knit 10 more rounds
Begin “Hobbit Hole” lace section from above.
Once lace section is complete, bind off loosely.
Soak, block, and enjoy your cloudy mitts!
Copyright, Christina Cartwright, Winding River Fiber Arts. Pattern is for personal & charity use only. Please contact me if you’d like to use it otherwise.