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Transit Mittens

by Linda

If you use public transit to get where you're going every day, you'll understand the frustration of not being able to access your money, ticket, token or pass very easily in winter. With this mitten, that problem is solved.

Originally I was going to design one of those flapped mittens, where the whole top of the mitt can be flipped over to the back of the hand. Then I realized all I really need is the ability to get a few fingers out of there to get a decent grip on my bus ticket. After all, I'm not doing brain surgery here (no disrespect to brain surgeons!).

[Transit Mittens] I was going to name them Slot Mittens after their construction, but then I came up with Transit Mittens which better describes their use.

My apologies for the lack of a photo (one will be coming as soon as possible), but I wanted to get this pattern typed up before the meaning of my chicken scratches became lost to me. :)

  1. Loosely chain 17 sts, sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to end, ch1, turn.
  2. Sc in back loop only of second ch and each ch to end (16 sc). Ch1, turn.
  3. Repeat above row 40 times altogether. You'll have 20 ridges. To ensure you've got you work oriented correctly, your working yarn should now be at the upper right corner of this rectangle the loose thread where you began your base chain will be at the lower left.
  4. Bring up the lower edge of the rectangle behind the edge closest to your working yarn. Work across in slip st, working through both loops of closest edge, and remaining free loop(s) of farthest edge.
  5. Turn right side out. If done correctly, this will give you a small tube with a join that's not too obvious. The ribbed section of the cuff is now complete.
  6. Cluster: Work one hdc in next st, then work a sc in that same st, skip next st.
  7. Work one cluster in the end of each rib all around - 20 clusters (40 sts).
  8. Note: From this point on, do not join with a slip stitch and do not chain and turn at the end of each round unless specifically directed, just keep working away. Do whatever you feel is necessary to keep track of the end of each round, such as using a paper clip or a small safety pin. You may find after a few rounds that you're able to visually keep track of this, since these clusters line up one right above the other with no slanting of the columns of stitches at all!
  9. Work 3 to 5 rounds even in total in the cluster stitch. I worked 5 rounds since I like the cuff section longer, the further up the sleeve it extends the warmer it is. Now your cuff is complete.
  10. Work 9 clusters, work one extra cluster in the next st you'd normally skip, work 2 clusters in their correct spots, work another cluster in the next st you'd normally skip, work the remaining 9 clusters - 22 clusters altogether (44 sts).
  11. Work 1 round even, working a cluster into each cluster of the round below - 22 clusters.
  12. Work 9 clusters, work one extra cluster in the next st you'd normally skip, work 4 clusters, work one extra cluster in the next st you'd normally skip, work 9 clusters - 24 in total.
  13. Work 2 rounds even (without increasing).
  14. Work another increase round as before, but working 6 clusters between the extra clusters - 26 clusters in total.
  15. Work 3 rounds even.
  16. Another increase round, with 8 clusters between the extra stitches. Then work 3 more rounds even. You've just completed the base of the thumb.
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