Knit Wit Mitts & Mittens


a knitting pattern for fingerless mitts or mittens from a cranked sock tube


Sock tubes are the new thing! What’s a socktube? It’s a tube made from a single skein offingering weight yarn on a circular sock machine(CSM). They are usually made with a selvage orscrap yarn on each end that is easily unraveledto being using live stitches to knit. CSMs arebecoming much more available for the homeknitter. And getting a sock tube “cranked” by an indie dyer or a friend, can have a knitter on theway to having a pair of socks much more quickly.Adding a heel, toe and cuff is a fast enterprise.But what about the leftover tubes? Or what ifyour sock drawer is overflowing. Here’s anotheroption for working up a sock tube into a pair offingerless mitts or a pair of mittens.

PATTERN NOTES:This is a checklist pattern; each row iswritten out for ease of execution. The pattern is writtenfor a tube made from a circular sock machine. The patternassumes you do not need to knit the tube and already haveone in your possession.

SIZE: Adult 8 (9)”/20.5 (23) cm hand circumference

NOTE: If you prefer to make mittens from your tube,see instructions at the end of the pattern.

SIZING: This recipe works with 64 (72) stitch socktubes made on a circular sock machine that are7-8”[17.75-20.25]cm) cm long depending on thelength of the cuff you prefer before adding ribbingand/or a mitten top.

A sock tube cranked on a standard sock machine will be approximately 46-48 inlength. You can usually get 2 pairs of mitts out of onetube.Cranked Sock Tubes are available from: Knit Spin FarmRitual Dyes; Lift Bridge Yarns; Candy Shoppe Yarns;Cranky Sock Maker; Old Rusted ChairBy Cori Eichelberger (Irocknits Designs)

YARN: fingering weight 400 yds/100 g

SAMPLES were knit using fingering weight yarn in mul-tiple colorways.

GAUGE: 32 sts and 40 rnds per 4”/10cm (8 sts and 10rnds per 1”/2.5 cm) in Stockinette Stitch colorwork

NEEDLE: US 1 (2.25 mm) set of 5 doubled pointedneedles OR 32-inch circular for magic loop or sizeneeded to get gauge

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle.


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