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Frosty Morning
A free knit fingerless mitts pattern

Skill Level: Intermediate

The fiddle tune “Frosty Morning,” also known as “Cold, Frosty Morning,” memorializes the battle of Culloden Moor. On the very bloody morning of April 16, 1746, 8,000 English troops massacred a Scottish army of 7,000. Thus ended the Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland. It did not, however, end the bloodshed. In order to ensure that the rebellion would not be rekindeled, King George II gave the Duke of Cumberland instructions to punish the Scots. And so, after their victory on April 16, the English army set out to hunt down and kill any Highlander they could find whether guilty or innocent. In some cases this also meant the murder of women and children. These acts earned the Duke of Cumberland the infamous title of  “The Butcher.”

These fingerless gloves are a perfect quick little knit for gift giving. Worked up on US size 7 & 8 needles using a heavy worsted/Aran weight yarn, you can finish a glove in an evening, or an entire pair in a day if you're daring.

Thumb is a simple opening with no gusset shaping. It provides maximum movement so you can easily wear these gloves while fiddling, or whatever floats your boat. Wrist of gloves features a button closure. Pewter buttons shown (style: "Starstruck") are hand crafted from lead free pewter in small batches from Roosterick Designs.


Techniques
  • YOs
  • Decreases
  • Knitting in the round

Yarn
1 skein Patons SWS
[worsted weight; 110 yds.; 70% wool/30% soy], Color: “Natural Snow.”

Needles
1x US size 7/4.5mm straight needles
1x set of US size 8/5mm dpns
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Buttons
Two buttons measuring approx. 3/4” in diameter.
Buttons shown are “Sand Dollar,” lead free pewter buttons by Roosterick

Gauge
Cuff: 28 sts & 32 rows = 4” in seed stitch on smaller needles
Hand: 18 sts & 24 rnds = 4” in St st on larger needles.

Notions
2 stitch markers to note lace panel.

Size
One size: Adult.
Finished knit measurement is approximately 7” unstretched around palm circumference.
fingerless gloves
Photo by Erica Jackofsky
Modeled by Annalee Jackofsky


Abbreviations & Terms
Knitting abbreviations and terms are explained on the Knitting Stitch Guide page.


The Pattern

Left Hand

Cuff
With smaller needles, cast on 31 sts.
Row 1: [K1, p1] across, k1.
*Repeat this row 4 times total.

Button hole row: K1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] across.
Next row: [K1, p1], across, k1.
*Repeat last row 5 times total.
(RS): Bind off 5, knit across – 26 sts.
Divide onto larger dpns and join for working in the rnd.
Knit 1 rnd.

Hand
Lace panel is contained within brackets.
Rnd 1: K1, PM, [k2, k2tog, yo, k3], place marker (PM), knit around.
Rnd 2 & all even rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: K1, slip marker (SM), [k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1], SM, knit around.
Rnd 5: K1, m1, SM, [k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk], SM, [m1, k6] 3x – 30 sts.
Rnd 7: K2, SM, [k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog,yo, k1], SM, knit around.
Rnd 9: K2, SM, [k2, yo, k3tog, yo, k2], SM, knit around.
Rnd 11: K2, SM, [k2, k2tog, yo, k3], SM, knit around.  
Rnd 13: K2, SM, [k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1], SM, knit around.
Rnd 15: K2, SM, [k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk], SM, knit around.
Rnd 17: K2, SM, [k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1], SM, knit around.
Rnd 19: k2, SM, [k2, yo, k3tog, yo, k2] SM, k around.

Rnd 20: Thumb hole rnd: K19, BO 6, k around.
Rnd 21: K2, SM, [k2, k2tog, yo, k3], SM, k10, cast on 6, knit around.
*Repeat rnds 12–19 once more.

Knit 1 rnd removing all markers.
Work 3 rnds of 1x1 twisted rib.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

Sew button to appropriate place on cuff.


Right Hand 
Cuff
With smaller needles, cast on 31 sts.
Row 1: [K1, p1] across, k1.
*Repeat this row 4x total.
Button hole row: [K1, p1] to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1.
Next row: [K1, p1] across, k1.
*Repeat last row 4 times total. (WS):
Bind off 5 sts, [k1, p1] across, k1 – 26 sts.
Divide onto larger dpns. Join rnd making sure RS faces you.
Knit 2 rnds.

Hand
Lace panel is contained within brackets.
Rnd 1: K18, PM, [k3, yo, ssk, k2], PM, k1.
Rnd 2 & all even rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: K18, SM, [k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1], SM, k1.
Rnd 5: [K6, m1] 3x, SM, [k2tog, yo, k3, yo,ssk], SM, m1, k1 – 30 sts.
Rnd 7: K21, SM, [k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk], SM, k2.
Rnd 9: K21, SM, [k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2], SM, k2.
Rnd 11: K21, SM, [k3, yo, ssk, k2], SM, k2.  
Rnd 13: K21, SM, [k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1], SM, k2.
Rnd 15: K21, SM, [k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk], SM, k2.
Rnd 17: K21, SM, [k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk], SM, k2.
Rnd 19: K21, SM, [k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2], SM, k2.

Rnd 20: Thumb hole rnd: K5, bind off 6, k around.
Rnd 21: K5, cast on 6, k to 1st marker, [k3, yo, ssk, k2], SM, k2.
*Repeat rnds 12–19 once more.

Knit 1 rnd removing all markers.
Work 3 rnds of 1x1 twisted rib.
Bind off loosely in pattern.
Sew button to appropriate place on cuff.

Design Copyright Erica Jackofsky • Fiddle Knits Designs 
All Rights Reserved • October 2008
For more information contact: Erica@FiddleKnits.com 
Model: Annalee Jackofsky / Photos: Erica Jackofsky