Do your fingers get frosty while texting? Have you missed a call because you couldn't get your gloves off fast enough? Maybe you've tried a pair of the touch screen gloves available seemingly everywhere, but you just prefer mittens and like to knit! This pattern guides you through a basic pair of mittens knit on double pointed needles (DPNs).
Conductive yarn is knit with the working yarn as one strand in the upper hand and thumb of the mitten, enabling you to perform basic tasks on your smart phone or tablet like answering calls, pinching and zooming on maps, or switching the track on your latest favorite album.
Yarn: Two skeins of worsted or aran weight yarn (shown: Kollage Yarns Glisten in 7317), stainless steel thin conductive yarn
Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, or adjust to obtain gauge of 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Optional: DPNs in one size smaller than main needles for tighter wrist ribbing
Notions: scrap yarn, stitch markers, tapestry needle
Sizes: small (medium, large)
First, knit a swatch to double check your gauge. Don't skip this step if you want your mittens to fit properly! In addition to variations in yarn thickness and density, your yarn tension and stitching style also affects gauge. It may seem inconvenient but so is knitting an entire mitten before figuring out it's the wrong size! Knit up a swatch that's at least 20 stitches by 15 rows.
Even if you have to start over on a different size needles, you can keep the finished swatch with your extra yarn so you know the gauge on whatever needles you tried (don't forget to label the swatch with what size needles you tried).