Melina Mittens by Malia Mae

Melina Mittens

October 2008
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m)
Women's medium, with mods described
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These clever little mittens are knitted tip-down using the same method as toe-up socks. The simple cable detailing on the top side of the mitten combined with a picot bind off and a ribbon run through a row of yarn-overs at the wrist gives them a soft victorian look. Perfectly feminine, woolen and warm, the Melina Mittens are inspired by a girlfriend of mine, and are sure to be one of your favorite things.

The thumb is worked by knitting scrap yarn for several stitches , transferring them back to the first needle, and continuing on with the main yarn. After the rest of the mitten is completed, the scrap yard is removed and the thumb worked.

I designed these mittens to be snug, and down-sized the needles to achieve a denser fabric. I find snug mittens immensely practical, especially when turning door handles, or unlocking your bicycle. To modify for your own tastes, see the sizing and modifying notes in the pattern.