Doctor Who has been my most recent television obsession, occupying most of my non-crafty free time (and let’s be honest, eating up some of my not-so-free time) over the past few months. The whole reason I got started was because of a dear friend who also happens to love the Doctor and suggested the show to me. To thank her, and to also make her a charmingly belated Christmas present, I decided to knit up some TARDIS mittens. I didn’t find anything particularly to my satisfaction so I thought I’d make a pattern. Ta-da!
This is a big deal, guys. I have never made a pattern before. Heck, just a little more than a year ago I could barely follow a pattern and considered myself to be a super accomplished knitter because I had finally figured out how to knit in the round. So, if anyone ever actually reads this thing or uses this pattern, please let me know if this made sense or if I am even using the right knitting lingo. If you are just starting out knitting, I would say that these mittens are fairly easy to knit up and things like thumbs and flaps are nowhere near as intimidating as they may seem (that being said, I recommend that you do have at least a little bit of experience with working in the round before doing these guys). But you can definitely brag to your friends and say it was super hard so they admire your street skills even more than they did before.
You’ll need: 2 sets of DPNS (I used 5 and 7), about 100 g of a good TARDIS-y blue yarn, worsted weight (I got mine from Knitpicks.com – it’s Wool of the Andes in Winter Night), and a bit of white, also worsted.
Cuff: CO 36 st in smaller needles with blue yarn. Work in k2, p2 rib until cuff is approx 2in long (cuff length can vary depending on how long you like your mittens – I like them to be pretty long into my coat sleeves (insert your own “it’s bigger on the inside” joke here), but this isn’t an opinion held by everyone).
Mitten body: Switch to larger needles. All work is done in blue yarn (main color) unless otherwise noted. (I will be pretty obvious about when you need to switch to white, and if you know your TARDIS, it should be pretty obvious when you need to do so).
Rounds 1: K all st
Rnds 2-9: K2, P6, K2, P6, K20
Rnds 10-11: K all st
Rnds 12-19: K2, P6, K2, P6, K20
Rnd 20: K all st
On Row 21, make the thumb as follows:
Left: K2, P6, K2, P6, K13, sl 7 st onto scrap yarn and CO 7 st.
Right: K2, P6, K2, P6, K2, slip 7 st on to scrap yarn and CO 7 st, K11.
Rnd 22-29: K2, P6, K2, K6 in CC, K20
Rnd 30-31: K all st
At this point you’re going to switch back to your smaller needles and work in K2 P2 rib for about an inch and then BO. If you are a huge freak and don’t enjoy the use of your fingers for things like using your keys or flipping off taxi drivers who almost kill you when you have the right of way, you can ignore this and just proceed to finishing the TARDIS pattern, which picks up after the CO instructions for the flap in the next section.
Flap: Look at the mitten so the front of it is facing you (that is, the 18 stitches that make up the TARDIS pattern). Pick up those 18 stitches onto your larger needle and also CO another 18 stitches. Join to work in the round.
Rnd 32-36: K2, K6 CC, K2, K6 CC, K2, (K2, P2 rib for the rest of the row)
Rnd 37-39: K2, K6 CC, K2, K6 CC, K20
Rnd 40-41: K all st
Rnd 42-44: K4, K10 CC, K22
Begin decreases as follows.
Rnd 45: (K2tog, K8, ssk) 3 times. 30 st.
Rnd 46: K all st
Rnd 47: (K2tog, K6, ssk) 3 times. 24 st.
Rnd 48: K all st
Rnd 49: (K2tog, K4, ssk) 3 times. 18 st.
Rnd 50: K all st
Rnd 51: (K2tog, K2, ssk) 3 times. 12 st.
Rnd 52: K all st.
Rnd 53: K2tog all the way around. 6 st.
Using a tapestry needle thread the end of the yarn through all 6 st and pull tight and secure off with some knots.
Thumb: Using the size 7 needle, pick up the 7 st from the scrap yarn. Pick up the 7 st you cast on as a replacement for the ones on scrap yarn. Pick up another stich on either side of those (kind of in between the cast on and scrap yarn stitches) for a total of 16 st. You’ll join in the round as you begin knitting. I think I do my thumbs a bit weird, so I have to purl all the way round to create the stockinette stitch appearance on the outside of the thumb, but maybe everyone does it that way – who knows. Either way, knit or purl all the way round to your desired thumb length. To determine thumb length – I usually start the decreases around the middle/top of my thumbnail (or the thumbnail of the person for whom I am making the mitten, because I have freakishly short thumbs).
Dec rnd 1: (K2tog, K2) 4 times. 12 st remain.
Dec rnd 2: K all st.
Dec rnd 3: (K2tog, K1) 4 times. 8 st remain.
Dec rnd 4: K all st.
Dec rnd 5: K2tog 4 times. 4 st remain.
Use a tapestry needle to pull the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches. Secure.
You’re done! Now go forth and have an adventure that would make the Doctor proud (while wearing your mittens, of course).
Note: The general flap engineering portion (how to do the CO and joining) of this pattern is adopted from this mitten pattern on Ravelry. It’s also an excellent (free!) pattern and is the first pair of mittens I ever made. I really recommend it if you feel like knitting some non-Doctor mittens as well. Also, you should check out Nicola’s (the designer’s) blog! She designs other cool knits, makes patterns, and sells stuff on Etsy.
Note part two: If you have a weird white line in the middle of your mitten on the third row (see below), don’t despair! This happened to me too. I think it’s an artifact of carrying the floats of white from working in color. You don’t want to NOT carry them, because mittens have fingers in them and fingers are annoyingly snag-prone. I fixed this little boo-boo with a little fidgeting and stitching a bit of blue yarn over the white.