Too Big Computer Mitts

Loom Knit – please comment or email if you would be interested in test knitting a needle knit version.

These quick computer mitts were my first loom knitting design. I work in a cold office and spend a lot of time on the computer there and at home, where I use my laptop. As a result, I need something between my hands and the keyboard to avoid soreness. These wrist warmers come with the added benefit of extra warmth depending on the yarn used.

Mitts

Supplies

  • One blue KK round loom or substitute. (Pattern can be knit flat and seamed.)
  • Approximately 100 yds of a worsted-weight acrylic or wool blend, or a suitable substitute.  The yarn is held double and should have some thickness to it for cushion.  This yarn shown here was unlabeled, inherited stash.
  • Scissors and a yarn needle.

Techniques

  • Cast on, roll up brim, e-wrap, and bind off.

Pattern:

Abbreviated Instructions

CO all pegs in e-wrap.
Rounds 1-5: knit in e-wrap.
Pick up cast on stitches* and knit off.
Rounds 6-25: knit in e-wrap.
Thumbhole: Reverse direction and knit all pegs in e-wrap going back and forth (knitting flat) for 5, 7, or 9 rows.**  Slip stitches on both end pegs.
Resuming knitting in the round.
Rounds 36-45: knit in e-wrap.
Bind off loosely (crochet bind off recommended) and weave in ends.

Detailed Instructions

Cast on the blue KK loom in e-wrap method to work in the round.
Knit five rows and then turn up the bottom* as you would a roll-up hat brim. This is tight but gives you a quick, thick cuff to pull the mitts on with.
Knit another 20 rounds, or as many as you need to reach the bottom of your thumb.
Stop working in the round.  Instead, knit 5, 7, or 9* rows going back and forth using all pegs (I slip stitch the last pegs on both sides).  Simply turn around and knit backwards. If you’re going clockwise, go counter clockwise; do not complete the circle but continue going back and forth.
Resume knitting in the round for 10 rounds.
Cast off loosely and weave in ends.

Again, knit to your measurements. Make sure your sections are long or short enough for comfort and that your cast off technique is not going to be binding on your hand. I suggest a crocheted cast off with one chain between stitches if you want something open. I used a regular knit off but did so very loosely in the example shown.

Pattern Details

* Roll-up cuff: Pick up the cast on stitches directly in line with each peg.  You’ll now have two loops on each peg.  Knit off once all the way around, then continue knitting as before.

** The thumbhole: Choose the size you think is appropriate for your recipient’s hands.  The example shown uses five, though I would do seven if I made another for myself. Knitting back and forth creates a neat zigzag pattern if you use the e-wrap, but you could make the pattern in any stitch. Note that I used an odd number of rows so that the stitching above the thumbhole will twist the same way as the stitching below. This is unimportant if you are using an untwisted stitch, like garter.

Modifications

  • Longer or shorter mitts just require more or fewer rows before and/or after the thumbhole section.
  • The rolled cuff could be replaced by a ribbed cuff of repeated [K2 P2] but I would recommend a tighter cast on in that scenario.
  • The mitts could be made of stockinette or garter stitch, or even with cables and twists, but this is a simple pattern to try once and modify however you would like!

© J. McStotts 2008

One Response to “Too Big Computer Mitts”

  1. New KNIT pattern! « No Tension Design Says:

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