Sunday, June 26, 2011


One of my friends is recently out of the closet - and when I say out I mean VERY out. When I stumbled across this rainbow yarn, I knew I had to get it to make something for her to show her pride. I decided on a pair of mitts so that she can say it loud, say it proud.
Even without the rainbow yarn, this star stitch pattern makes a lovely look for both variegated and single color yarns. Knit Picks Imagination substitutes perfectly for this pattern, as would any fingering weight yarn.
If you are on Ravelry you can also access this pattern through a Ravelry free download here: 

Say It Loud

by Shannon Mulhall Simonelli
Developed Spring 2011
***UPDATED APRIL 2014***


Rainbow mitts:
Moonlight and Laughter [Fingering Superwash, 75% Merino, 25% Bamboo; 435 yd per 3.5 oz skein]; color: Rainbow to the Stars; less than 0.5 skein
Blue mitts:
Knit Picks Imagination [fingering, 50% superwash Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca, 25% Nylon; 219 yards per 50 grams]; color: Looking Glass; less than 0.5 skein

1 set US #5/3.5mm straight needles
1 set US #4 straight needles
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Stitch holder

25 sts = 3" in pattern

Star Stitch (worked over 3 sts)
k3tog, leaving sts on left needle, yo, k3tog

For a tutorial on how to do the Star stitch check out here:
The tutorial shows the stitch done on the purl side rather than the knit side, but gives you the basic idea of how it is done.

This pattern is knit flat. The placement of the star pattern varies by 2 sts ever 2 rows. Except on the palm, there is an extra st at the beginning and end of each row for the seam to be sewn. The thumb is worked back and forth in short rows.

Using smaller needles, Co 65 sts, Work 5 rows of ribbing as follows:
Rows 1, 3, & 5: k1, p1* rep to last st, k1
Rows 2& 4: *p1, k1* rep to last st, p1
**The original 2011 pattern called for a slightly fancier rib, Which you are welcome to use instead of k1, p1. It is as follows:
Rows 1, 3, & 5: k1 *k2, p1, k1, p1* rep to last st, k1
Rows 2& 4: p1 *k1, p1, k1, p2* rep to last st, p1
Row 6: (ws) switch to larger needles, p all sts

Row 7: *k1 star,* to last st, k1
Row 8: p all sts
Row 9: k3 *star, k1* to last 3 sts, k3
Row 10: p all sts

Repeat rows 7 – 10 until you have reached approximately 6.5 in (or desired length) having finished a row 10

Row 1: (rs) work as above in row 9 across 44 sts, pm, turn.
Row 2 :(ws) purl across 22 sts, pm, turn.

At this point there should be 21 sts to left of markers, 22 sts btwn markers, 22 sts to right of markers.

The thumb will be worked in short rows across these 18 sts as follows:
Row 3: *k1, star* to 2 sts before m, k2, turn.
Row 4: p to m, turn.
Row 5: k3, *star, k1* to last 3 sts, star. Turn
Row 6: p to m, turn.
Row 7-9: *k1, p1* across, turn

Bo thumb stitches purlwise loosely. Cut, leaving enough tail to sew the thumb seam. Sew seam along thumb. You will need to sew this seam before continuing knitting in order to have a place to pick up additional stitches for the palm.

With the rs facing, pu 6 sts across the thumb and continue to work across the row as set. (49 sts)
Row 1: p all
Row 2: k3, *star, k1* rep to last 2 sts, k2
Row 3: p all
Row 4: *k1, star* rep to last st, k1
Row 5: p all

As set, the mitts should end on or around the knuckles. If you would like a longer palm rep these 4 rows an additional time.

Switch to smaller needles, work as follows:
Rows 1, 3, & 5: *k1, p1* rep to last st, k1
Rows 2 & 4: *p1, k1* rep to last st, p1

bo loosely. Cut yarn with a long tail, sew seam.

Repeat for second glove.

Weave in ends, wash and block.