I have been working on Fish Hats and decided to knit matching mittens. I was unable to find a specific pattern for Fish Mittens, so I did my own. Here are the “how to’s”.
Worsted weight yarn approximately 250 yards
Double Pointed needles set of 5, US size 4
If you do stranded knitting for the mittens you will need Size 5 needles
Waste yarn, worsted weight or bulky
Buttons for the eyes or crochet hook size D
6 stitches to the inch
8 rows to the inch
For larger mittens, go up one size needle
These mittens measure 8 inches around the knuckles
Measurements you will need:
Wrist to top of thumb joint
Top of thumb joint to top of index finger
Thumb joint to tip of thumb
Pictures first, then instructions:
Basic Mitten pattern:
Cast on 48 stitches and divide evenly over 4 needles. Join. K2 P2 around until cuff measures 3 inches or desired length.
Knit plain (stockinet stitch) until you have reached your first measurement. My wrist to thumb joint measurement is 2 1/2 inches.
K2, using waste yarn K 6 stitches. Slip these stitches back to the left hand needle and continue knitting until you reach your second measurement. My second measurement, thumb joint to tip of index finger is 4 inches.
(K4, K2 together) around. K 3 rounds even.
(K3, K2 together) around. K2 rounds even.
(K2, K2 together) around. K1 round even.
(K1, K2 together) around. K1 round even.
K2 together around. Cut yarn out about 10 inches. Thread yarn needle and pass yarn through all stitches on needles. Remove needles. Pull yarn tight and secure on inside of mitten.
Remove waste yarn carefully and place live stitches on 3 needles. You may want to insert the needles before you remove the waste yarn.
Pick up an additional 3 stitches on each side. This is to prevent holes and make the thumb large enough. So you will have a total of 18 stitches.
Attach yarn and knit around until thumb measures appropriate length. Mine measures 2 inches from joint to tip.
(K2, K2 together) around. K 1 round even.
K2 together around. Cut yarn out a sufficient length to thread through remaining stitches on needle. Pull tight and secure on inside of thumb.
Weave in all loose ends.
Repeat for 2nd mitten.
Now for the FISH part…the fins and eyes.
Dorsal Fins (use 2 needles and knit back and forth):
Cast on 10 stitches leaving a long tail to sew to mitten.
Next row KFB of each stitch (20 stitches)
K1 P1 for 5 rows.
Cast on 5 Stitches.
Next row KFB of each stitch (10 stitches)
K1 P1 for 5 rows.
Repeat for 2nd pectoral fin.
Place fins on mitten and sew securely.
Using a magic loop to begin your crocheted eyes, make 10 single crochets in the center of the loop, join. Cut yarn. Pull beginning yarn end tight to close up the hole.
Join contrast color yarn. Chain 1, (single crochet in next stitch, 2 single crochet in next stitch) around. Join and end off, leaving a long tail to sew to mitten.
Place eyes on mitten in a pleasing manner and sew to mitten. Stuff loose ends inside as you go. You can also add a little fiber fill if you wish.
And there you have it. A basic mitten turned into a fish.
The hat pattern can be found on knitty.com