Here is a very quick and warm knitting gift idea. A pair of fingerless mitten using super bulky yarn. You can finish one mitten in an afternoon or less.
Here is my pattern:
This pattern is basically 1 x 1 ribbing so it is very stretchy. You can always adjust the cast on stitches as needed for different size.
Yarn: I use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn, but any super bulky yarn that use 9mm needle or US size 13. Long circular needle to knit in the round with magic loop method, or double point needle set. You can also knit it flat and seam up using regular single point needles.
To knit it flat:
There is one more stitch for cast on when knit in flat, so seaming up in mattress stitch at the end will look nicer.
Cast on 21 stitches, knit 1 x 1 ribbing (K1, P1)* for 21 rows. Bind off in pattern.
Sew up first and last 7 stitches in mattress stitch, and leave the middle 7 stitches for thumb hole.
Repeat for the second one. You are done!
To knit in the round:
Cast on 20 stitches, join in the round using magic loop method or double point needle set.
1. Knit in the round - Knit 1 x 1 ribbing for 7 rows. That means (K1, P1)* repeat in every row.
2. Knit it flat - Knit 1 x 1 ribbing for 7 rows back and forth (not joining in circle). That means keeping the ribbing pattern: knit when the stitch below is knit and purl when the stitch below is purl.
3. Knit in the round again: Knit 1 x 1 ribbing for 7 rows. That means (K1, P1)* repeat in every row
Bind off in pattern.
Make another one. Done with your pair of mittens. You can crochet around the thumb opening if you like.
This pattern fits average woman head size. You can adjust the size by increase or decrease cast on stitches in even number for 1 x 1 ribbing. Decrease the total number to 42 stitches or multiple of 6 before starting crown shaping.
Yarn: same as fingerless mitten, I use Lion Brand Wool-Ease thick and quick. Super bulky weight yarn using 9mm or US size 13 needle. Can be knitted in the round using long circular needle (magic loop method), or using traditional double point needle set.
Cast on 46 (44 for smaller size) stitches, join the round.
Knit 1 x 1 ribbing (K1, P1)* repeat for 5 rows.
Knit plain stockinette stitches (K every stitch in the round) for 16 (15 for smaller size, adjust as you need) rows.
We are going to divide into 6 sections. 6 x 7 stitches = 42. First we reduce the stitches to 42 stitches. If you cast on 46 stitches, reduce 4 stitches evenly in the next round (Knit 2 together every 14 stitches). If you cast on 44 stitches, reduce 2 stitches in the next round (K2tog every 22 stitches).
1. Knit 1 row
2. (K2tog, K5)*, repeat 6 times (36 stitches left)
3. Knit 1 row
4. (K2tog, K4)*, repeat 6 times (30 stitches left)
5. Knit 1 row
6. (K2tog, K3)*, repeat 6 time (24 stitches left)
7. Knit 1 row
8. (K2tog, K2)*, repeat 6 times (18 stitches left)
9. Knit 1 row
10. (K2tog, K1)*, repeat 6 times (12 stitches left)
11. Knit 1 row
12. (K2tog)*, repeat 6 times (6 stitches left)
Draw the yarn through the 6 stitches on the needle, weave in the end. Done!
Hope you enjoy this pattern!