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DIY Knit Hedgehog Mittens

For anyone who loves to knit for themselves or give these special creations as presents, you'll love the new book "Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks" by Fiona Goble. It provides over 30 adorable patterns and directions for some of the cutest winter accessories you've ever seen.

"Who can resist a cute little hedgehog—especially ones that are prickle-free with not a flea in sight—making these the perfect mittens to keep small hands warm in winter. I've knitted the back of these mitts in a gorgeous milky brown, 100% wool yarn and teamed it with a super-soft beige yarn for the little animal's snout. The textured knit on the back of the mittens is very simple to work, but gives a lovely rough feel to the knitting to suggest the hedgehog's spines," writes Goble.

Materials:

Yarn

  • Erika Knight Vintage Wool (100% wool) worsted (Aran) yarn
  • 1 x 1¾ oz (50g) ball (95yd/87m) in shade 044 Milk Chocolate (A)
  • Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (55% wool, 33% acrylic, 12% cashmere) worsted (Aran) yarn
  • 1 x 1¾ oz (50g) ball (98yd/90m) in shade 102 Beige (B)
  • Small amount of black light worsted (DK) yarn

Needles and equipment

  • US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
  • Yarn sewing needle
  • Large-eyed embroidery needle

Helpful Notes

Gauge (tension): 18 sts and 24 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 8 (5mm) needles (for both yarns).

Measurements: The finished mittens measure 7½ in (19cm) from the base of the wrist to the tip and should fit an average size child of 7–10 years.

Directions:

Left mitten

  • Cast on 34 sts in A.
  • Row 1: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.
  • Row 2: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
  • Rep rows 1–2, 3 times more.
  • Row 9: K17, [p1, k1] to last st, p1.
  • Row 10: [K1, p1] 9 times, p to end.
  • Row 11: K18, [p1, k1] to end.
  • Row 12: [P1, k1] 8 times, p to end.
  • Row 13: K14, inc, k1, inc, [p1, k1] to last st, p1. (36 sts)
  • Row 14: [K1, p1] 8 times, k1, p to end.
  • Row 15: K14, inc, k3, inc, k1, [p1, k1] to end. (38 sts)
  • Row 16: [P1, k1] 8 times, p to end.
  • Row 17: K14, inc, k5, inc, [p1, k1] to last st, p1. (40 sts)
  • Row 18: [K1, p1] 8 times, k1, p to end.
  • Row 19: K14, inc, k7, inc, [k1, p1] to last st, k1. (42 sts)
  • Row 20: [P1, k1] 8 times, p to end.
  • Row 21: K25, [p1, k1] to last st, p1.
  • Row 22: [K1, p1] 8 times, k1, p to end.

Shape thumb

  • Next row: K24, turn and cast on 1 st.
  • *Next row: P11, turn and cast on 1 st.
  • Work on these 12 sts just worked, leaving rem sts on needles.
  • Beg with a k row, work 6 rows in st st.
  • Next row: K1, [k2tog, k2] twice, k2tog, k1. (9 sts)
  • Next row: Purl.
  • Next row: [K1, k2tog] 3 times. (6 sts)
  • Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.
  • With RS facing, rejoin yarn and pick up and k 2 sts across base of thumb then [p1, k1] to end. (34 sts)
  • Row 24: [P1, k1] 9 times, p to end.
  • Row 25: K15, [p1, k1] to last st, p1.
  • Row 26: [K1, p1] 9 times, k1, p to end.
  • Row 27: K16, [p1, k1] to end.
  • Rep rows 24–27 twice more.
  • Row 36: [P1, k1] 9 times, p to end.
  • Break A, join in B, and work remainder of mitten in B.
  • Row 37: K2, [skpo, k2] 4 times, [k2tog, k2] to end. (26 sts)
  • Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 41: K2, [skpo] twice, k1, [k2tog] twice, k4, [skpo] twice,
  • k1, [k2tog] twice, k2. (18 sts)
  • Row 42: Purl.
  • Row 43: K2, skpo, k1, k2tog, k4, skpo, k1, k2tog, k2. (14 sts)
  • Row 44: Purl.
  • Row 45: K1, skpo, k1, k2tog, k2, skpo, k1, k2tog, k1. (10 sts)
  • Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.

Right mitten

  • Cast on 34 sts in A.
  • Rows 1–8: Work as for left mitten.
  • Row 9: [P1, k1] 8 times, p1, k to end.
  • Row 10: P17, [k1, p1] to last st, k1.
  • Row 11: [K1, p1] 8 times, k to end.
  • Row 12: P18, [k1, p1] to end.
  • Row 13: [P1, k1] 8 times, p1, inc, k1, inc, k to end. (36 sts)
  • Row 14: P19, [k1, p1] to last st, k1.
  • Row 15: [K1, p1] 8 times, k1, inc, k3, inc, k to end. (38 sts)
  • Row 16: P22, [k1, p1] to end.
  • Row 17: [P1, k1] 8 times, p1, inc, k5, inc, k to end. (40 sts)
  • Row 18: P23, [k1, p1] to last st, k1.
  • Row 19: [K1, p1] 8 times, k1, inc, k7, inc, k to end. (42 sts)
  • Row 20: P26, [k1, p1] to end.
  • Row 21: [P1, k1] 8 times, p1, k to end.
  • Row 22: P25, [k1, p1] to last st, k1.

Shape thumb

  • Next row: [K1, p1] 8 times, k11, turn and cast on 1 st.
  • Work remainder of thumb as for right mitten, beg at *.
  • With RS facing, rejoin yarn and pick up and k 2 sts across
  • base of thumb then k to end. (34 sts)
  • Row 24: P16, [k1, p1] to end.
  • Row 25: [P1, k1] 9 times, k to end.
  • Row 26: P17, [k1, p1] to end.
  • Row 27: [K1, p1] 9 times, k to end.
  • Rep rows 24–27 twice more.
  • Row 36: P16, [k1, p1] to end.
  • Break A, join in B, and work remainder of mitten in B.
  • Row 37: Work as for left mitten to complete.

To make up the mittens:

  1. Join the side seams of the mittens using flat stitch.
  2. Using black yarn, embroider a small circle of chain stitch for the eyes and a larger circle of chain stitch for the nose.
  3. Weave in all loose ends.

Available at Amazon. "Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks," by Fiona Goble. Photography by Terry Benson, published by CICO Books.

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