Cardiff-by-the-Sea Fingerless Mitts

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Yarn giveaway for this pattern!  Game ends September 15, 2015.

The blues, greens and browns in this expertly dyed yarn are reminiscent of the gentle hues of the fauna, sand and sea of California’s southern coast. The fanciful bobbles and seed stitch invoke the froth and foam of the Pacific Ocean.

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YARN
Koigu Kersti – 2 skeins
Any wool DK weight yarn

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
US 4 and US 5 dpn’s
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Waste yarn

FINISHED SIZES
Women’s small (medium, large)

ABBREVIATIONS
K – knit
P – purl
K2tog – knit two stitches together
MB – make bobble
M1L – Make one stitch slanting left
M1R – Make one stitch slanting right
PM – place marker
SM – slip marker

STITCH GUIDE
MB (Make bobble) – Knit into the next stitch, leaving it on the left needle, *(yarn over, knit 1) into same stitch* two times. Turn work (wrong side facing you), k5, turn work (right side facing you), k2tog and return stitch to left needle, slip remaining three stitches of bobble over the k2tog stitch, knit that stitch, return it to the right needle.

M1L – pick up stitch below last stitch on RH needle and place on LH needle, knit stitch through the back loop

M1R – pick up stitch below last stitch on LH needle and place on LH needle, knit stitch

INSTRUCTIONS
Using larger needles, cast on 40 (44, 48)
Divide among 4 needles and join for knitting in the round
Round 1 – knit
Round 2 – purl
Round 3 – *k3, mb* repeat to end of round
Round 4 – purl
Round 5 – k1, mb, *k3, mb* repeat until last 2 stitches, knit to end of round
Round 6 – purl

Repeat rounds 3-6 three more times

Decrease round – k2tog at beginning of each needle (4 needles) until there are 36(40, 44) stitches remaining.
Knit 7 rounds

Begin increase rows for thumb gusset
Rnd 1 – M1L, K1, M1R, pm, knit to end of round
Round 2 – knit
Rnd 3 – M1L, knit to marker, M1R, SM, knit to end
Rnds 4-5 – knit

Repeat increase rounds 3 and 4-5 (4 times – 48, 52, 56 total stitches)

Divide for Thumb
Work 13 stitches and place on waste yarn for thumb, drop marker
Knit to end of round, cast on 1 stitch
Work even for 13 rounds
Change to smaller needles – work seed stitch for 9 rounds
Bind off in seed stitch pattern

Thumb
Change to larger needles. Transfer 13 stitches on waste yarn to two dpn’s. Rejoin yarn. With third needle, pick up and knit 3 stitches from gap (5 for size large).
Knit 7 rounds
Change to smaller needles and work seed stitch for 5 rounds.
Bind off in seed stitch pattern.

FINISHING
Break yarn and weave in ends. Block lightly.

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