First, we’re going to make mittens with a STEEK (the technique you’ve all been asking for).
Along the way, we’re going to learn or practice:
- The Turkish Cast-On (for knitting in both directions, useful for a toe-up sock or mittens)
- Two-at-a time – but not the way you think!
- Right and left lifted increases
- Shadow wrap short rows (on the right AND wrong side)
- a bit of color work if you choose
and of course
- The steek
Scary, I know, but that’s why we’re here! There’s never been a better time to practice, with a low-risk project. It’s not a whole cardigan that requires you to knit all that way and then pray, you’re going to knit two mittens and conquer that fear. I promise, you’ll be amazed at what you can do if you come with an open mind and trust the methods!
Yarn: 2 skeins of Morehouse Merino 2-STRAND in 2 colors (yes, a yarn you haven’t seen much of but is just the kind you want for this project. Why? It’s lightly spun so it fulls really well (that’s what we call it when you wash the fabric and it starts to felt ever-so-slightly to give a super soft and warm pair of mittens). And that little bit of extra loft helps the stitches stay together for steeking. That’s right, they won’t go anywhere.
Needles: A long circular – 40′ or longer – in size 2.5mm (US 1 1/2) or 3.0 (US 2.5)
The pattern: Grown Together by Aino Vinkman. Download this free pattern – click here to get your copy.
Note: this is not a Morehouse pattern, but the designer is very generously letting us use it for the knitalong if we show the same respect we would for any pattern. That means you download your own copy, and can print as you like, but send a friend to this link to get their very own copy. It also means we’re unable to provide printed copies, so this is a great time to try your phone or tablet for patterns on the go!
And, of course, don’t forget to join the Morehouse Merino Flock Facebook Group! No commitments, just a great place to learn or practice new techniques in the company of supportive knitters.
Invite a friend, we cast on March 13!