Gumdrops by Holli Yeoh

Gumdrops

Knitting
October 2013
yarn held together
Aran
+ DK
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
95 - 380 yards (87 - 347 m)
toddler, child, preteen, adult S, M, L, XL
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Goody, goody gumdrops – the polka dots on these cozy mittens are such fun. Go crazy with colour here and knit every row of gumdrops a different color, or be subtle with tone on tone. There is a size for everyone: babies to grandpas. Instructions for both traditional mittens and fingerless gloves are included.

Main colour is worsted weight. Contrasting coloured dots are worked with a double strand of DK weight which may be substituted with worsted weight.

Sizes/Finished Measurements
Toddler, (Child, Preteen, Adult S, M, L, XL)
Finished hand circumference: 4 ½ (5 ¼, 6 ¼, 7, 8, 8 ¾, 9 ¾)” / 10 (12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21) cm
Hand length: 4 (5 1⁄4, 6 1⁄2, 7 1⁄4, 7 1⁄2, 8 1⁄4, 8 3⁄4)” / 10 (13, 16, 18, 19, 20.5, 22) cm

Yardage
Main colour (worsted weight): 54 (74, 104, 125, 140, 188, 214) yd / 50 (68, 96, 115, 129, 172, 196) m
4 x Contrasting colours (DK weight held double): 16 (19, 21, 36, 41, 45, 50) yd/15 (18, 20, 33, 38, 42, 46) m

If using one contrasting colour only for the dots: 40 (56, 84, 108, 122, 150, 166) yd / 37 (52, 77, 99, 112, 138, 152) m DK weight yarn held double.

Each row of dots takes 4 (4.5, 5.5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8.5) yd / 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) m (one row of dots/one mitten) DK weight yarn held double.

Substitution Notes
The mittens are worked at a worsted weight gauge. Choose a yarn with some wool content for warmth. The colourful dots are worked holding 2 strands of DK together, but 2 strands of fingering weight or 1 strand of worsted weight could be substituted. This is a great stash buster project to use up all those little remnants.

Gauge
16 sts and 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) over stocking stitch with worsted weight yarn.
4 stitch-pattern repeats (16 sts) and 3 row-pattern repeats (42 rows) = 3 ½ x 4 ¾” (9 x 12 cm) over Gumdrops stitch pattern, worked in-the-round. DK weight yarn (CC) is held double throughout.

Techniques
Knitting in the round, work tuck stitches from written instructions, afterthought thumb, decreases.

Helpful Links
How to insert a waste yarn placeholder for the planned afterthought thumb.