Simple Tree Mittens
Needles: 4mm (US: 6) needles or hook (depending on pattern varient)
Yarn: DK in 2 colours
Materials: fork pompoms (optional)
Directions: Simple Tree Mittens is available in 3 different pattern variations: Original Knitted, Seamless Knitted, and Crochet. All directions in UK English; see abbreviations glossary for US English equivalents.
Simple Tree Mittens [Original Knitted]
With yarn A, cast on 24 stitches using 4mm (US: 6) knitting needles.
Rows 1-5: *k2, p2* six times [24 sts]
Row 6: k24
Rows 7-16: change to yarn B and work 10 rows of st st (beginning with knit row)
Row 17: *k2tog tbl* to end [12 sts]
Row 18: p12
Row 19: *k2tog tbl* to end [6 sts]
Cut yarn with long tail, cinch tight through the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight. Use the yarn tail to sew up the side seam. Weave in ends. Attach hanging loop and mini pompoms.
Simple Tree Mittens [Seamless Knitted]
With yarn A, cast on 24 stitches and distribute across 4mm (US: 6) double-pointed needles.
Rnds 1-5: *k2, p2* six times [24 sts]
Rnd 6: k24
Rnds 7-16: change to yarn B and knit all sts
Rnd 17: k2tog to end [12 sts]
Rnd 18: k12
Rnd 19: k2tog to end [6 sts]
Cut yarn with long tail, cinch tight through the remaining 6 stitches and sew securely on wrong side. Weave in ends. Attach hanging loop and mini pompoms.
Simple Tree Mittens [Crochet]
Use a 4mm (US: 6) crochet hook and work from the bottom up (versus 'top down' for the knitted versions), with yarn B.
Rnd 1: magic loop of 4 dc sts [4 dc]
Rnd 2: *2dc* four times [8 dc]
Rnd 3: *2dc, dc* four times [12 dc]
Rnd 4: *2dc, dc2* four times [16 dc]
Rnd 5: *2dc, dc3* four times [20 dc]
Rnds 6-8: dc20
Change to yarn A to work the mitten cuff, sideways.
Row 9: ch4
Row 10 (and all even rows to Row 24): ch1, dc4 BLO, dc2 (into mitten body edge)
Row 11 (and all odd rows to Row 27): skip 2 sts, dc4 BLO
Row 28: ch1, slst4 BLO into adjacent edge of mitten cuff (to close the cuff)
Fasten off and weave in all ends, on wrong side. Attach hanging loop and mini pompoms.
If you've never heard of the fork method for making mini pompoms, then it's really self-explanatory. Basically, you use a fork - a regular fork from your cutlery drawer - to wind the yarn around because it's an easy way to measure for really tiny pom-poms.
Put a length of yarn vertically between the middle tines, wind the yarn horizontally round all the tines and tie the vertical yarn around your wound yarn. Slide the tied yarn off the fork tines and use embroidery scissors (or any sharp scissors) to snip the loops at the side edges. Fluff up your mini pom-pom and trim any sticking out bits. Either leave the long, dangling, yarn to use when attaching your pompom to a project or trim it off.
BLO = back loop only
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
p = purl
slst = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
st st = stocking stitch
tbl = through back loop