With the genius Knucks pattern in mind, I designed these itty bitty fingerless gloves for my cousin's two darling children. The smaller size was custom fit to a 20-month old and the larger to a 3-year old -- measurements are below. More (modeled) photos can be seen here.
Yarn: 1 skein RYC Cashsoft 4-ply (or whatever you'd like in the same gauge)
Needles: Set of 5 US 3 dpns
Gauge: 7 sts/10 rows per inch
Size: 20 mos (3 yrs); the cuff will fit a wrist of 4" (4.25") and a knuckle circumference of 4.5" (5.5").
- 1x1 rib: *knit 1, purl 1, repeat from * across all stitches
- CO: cast on
- dpn: double pointed needle
- k: knit
- k2tog: knit 2 together
- pm: place stitch marker
- psso: pass slipped stitch over
- sm: slip stitch marker
- CO 9 (11) stitches and join to work in the round, making sure to place a marker at the beginning of the round
- Knit 6 (7) rounds
- Put all stitches on stitch holders or scrap yarn
- Break yarn
- CO 26 (30) stitches and join to work in the round, making sure to place a marker at the beginning of the round
- Work 1x1 rib for 3 rounds
- Knit 9 (13) rounds
- Divide hand stitches between three needles (it is not necessary to have an even number of stitches on each needle) and transfer the thumb stitches to 2 needles: 4 (5) on one, and 5 (6) on the other
- Do not break yarn
(This is a little clumsy, but it's not many stitches, so bear with me)
- Using the dpn with the last worked hand stitches (and the yarn you did not break), pm and knit across the first needle of thumb stitches. This will be the new beginning of the round, so clip in a stitch marker or safety pin to mark it.
- Using the needle just "freed", knit across the second needle of thumb stitches, pm, and work to the end of the round, dividing all the remaining stitches between four needles (or 3, if you swing that way).
- K to 2 stitches before first marker, ssk, sm, k to second marker, sm, k2tog, k to end of round
- K 2 rounds
- Repeat last 3 rows 2 (3) times. You should have only 3 stitches remaining between stitch markers.
- K to second marker, remove marker, slip the first stitch as if to knit, k2tog, and psso (you will probably need to transfer 1 or 2 stitches from the first needle of the round to the last). Remove first marker as well.
- K 2 more rounds
- Work 6 (8) rounds of 1x1 rib
- Bind off loosely.
- Turn the glove inside out and sew up the small hole between the thumb and hand
- Weave in all ends and block if desired
Make second mitt the same way!
(If you have any questions about this pattern, please feel free to comment here and I will respond as soon as possible.)