Lucky Twist Mitts by Vashti Braha

Lucky Twist Mitts

December 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Back-loop slip stitch
6.5 mm (K)
120 - 220 yards (110 - 201 m)
Two sizes: Men's and Women's (includes customizing notes)
both US and UK
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Lucky Twist Mitts is based on everything I love about the original Luckyslips Mitts pattern: the right kind of stretchy in the right places. Slip stitch ribbing is perfect for comfortably snug and warm texting mitts.

These mitts feature a mock cable accent. I’ve swatched versions of this “luckytwist” method over the years (see issue #65 of my newsletter). Slip stitching below the working row is the first step in creating this kind of mock cable texture. Add that “luckytwist” to the stitch loop to enhance the cabled look!

Each step of the first mitt is designed as a roll out of skills in a gradual progression. Refer to the complete photo tutorial for the Twisted Slip Stitch Spike Mock Cable on printer-friendly page 7. Customizing tips for both luckywomen’s and luckymen’s sizes are included along the way for more experienced slip stitchers.

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate. You may find it challenging to combine these three skills in this pattern: short row shaping, twisted spike stitches, and crocheting slip stitches with a consistently looser gauge. If you haven’t crocheted a project in slip stitch ribbing yet, I recommend starting with the free Eva’s Ribs Scarf (or the free Slip Slope Scarf if you’re easily bored). The skill-building Luckyslips Mitts pattern is the ultimate introduction because it started out as a class project for slip stitch crochet beginners. All of these patterns are available here in Ravelry.

Also see: “Slip Stitch Crochet FAQ in My Classes” at my blog.

I’ve used a minimal amount of pattern abbreviations. UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet a mock cable with twisted spike slip stitches.
  • Features of the foundation row, seaming row, and turning chains in slip stitch crochet.
  • How to begin and end ribbed rows, and how to count them accurately.
  • How to determine the front and back of this reversible ribbing.
  • How to shape slip stitch ribbing into a fitted cuff that retains its stretch.
  • How to adjust both width and length of this type of fingerless glove.
  • How to edge the ribbing with a Bosnian slip stitch.

Finished Dimensions: You can customize the cuff-to-finger opening length, the placement of the thumb opening, and the width across the palm; tips for doing this are indented and italicized within the pattern.
Sizes are given for a luckywomen’s size with changes for the luckymen’s size in parentheses:

  • Length from cuff to finger opening: 6.5 (7.5)“ {16.5 (19) cm}
  • Circumference of palm of mitt: 12 (15)“ {30.48 (48) cm}; nearly doubles when stretched.
  • Finger opening circumference: 5.25 (6)“ {13.3 (15.25) cm}; stretches to approximately 7 (8)” {17.75 (20.3) cm}
  • Wrist cuff circumference: 5” {12.75 cm}; nearly doubles when stretched.
  • Circumference of thumb opening: 2.5 to 4” {6.3 to 10 cm} depending on your finishing rounds.
  • Thumb opening to top (finger opening) of mitt: 1.25 (2)“ {3.18 (5.0) cm}
  • Thumb opening to cuff (wrist opening) of mitt: 3 (3.75)“ {7.6 (9.5) cm}

Each luckywomen’s mitt takes approx. 24g of yarn, so a 100g ball should yield two pairs. Each luckymen’s mitt takes up to 50g of yarn, so a 100g ball should be enough for one pair.