My In Triplicate pattern for the hands is Incenter (yesterday I showed you my neck thing: Transversal; a few days earlier I told you all about the In Triplicate collection). These mittens have a really fun garter stitch construction, worked sideways across the hand, short rows making the triangular color blocks in the centers.
The hands are one size, which is one-size-fits-most-adults size, but the thumbs (and gussets) are placed and sized to fit your hand. So, if you have long fingers, the thumb goes further down the hand; shorter fingers, higher up placement. And the height of the gusset and circumference/length of the thumb is all sized for the best fit.
The pattern gives small/medium/large size stitch counts for all the thumb/gusset numbers; you can use stitch counts besides the numbers given to get a more precise fit as needed. The stitch counts for the placement and gusset can be any numbers, as long as they match on the two sides where the mitten comes together, and the thumb circumference can be any number – you can try it on as you go to fit it to your hand, or just use the small/medium/large numbers if gift knitting.
Because of the garter stitch fabric, they are nice and stretchy and should fit most adult hands well, but you can make size adjustments by changing up the gauge / yarn weight. You should be able to make kid size mittens by dropping down to a sport weight I’d guess. They are designed in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea Sport, which is DK weight (same as all the In Triplicate patterns), on size US 5 needles for a nice dense, squishy gauge. Sizing/gauge details are in the pattern. Size adjustment note: always work at a dense gauge for a nice mitten fabric (so if you want them larger, don’t just use the DK weight yarn on bigger needles, making a looser fabric; instead, go up in weight to a worsted/aran, and use small enough needles to get a dense gauge).
Incenter’s sideways construction starts opposite the thumb (beginning with Judy’s Magic Cast-on), with rows worked all the way around, from the bottom edge on one side, up to the top, then around the top and down the other side to the bottom edge. But the design is made with short rows, so most rows do not actually go all the way from one edge to the other, rather from partway up one side to partway down the other side. The triangles sections are worked on one side only, again with short rows to make the shapes – you’ll do the whole 2-color triangle design on one side, then the whole thing on the other side
Then you’ll go back to working around both sides for the thumb side section, which is like a mirror image of the first section. Once the main mitten body is complete, the side stitches above and below the thumb are grafted closed with kitchener stitch, and the thumb is worked in the round, decreases shaping the gusset. There’s no seaming, except for closing up a couple of small holes with the yarn tails. The pattern includes a page of process photos (like the one above) taking you through all the sections.
The left+right hand mittens are identical except for the triangle colors flipping sides – the contrasting colors are each used on the outside of the triangle on one side, and on the inside triangle on the other side. Since they’re identical, you can wear them on either hand, so you can change up which is the top color.
And if you want to use this pattern as a leftover scrap-busting project, you can venture outside the pattern color instructions and do something like what I’m doing with the mitten below – that’s the 2 sides of one mitten. So I started with the green for the first section, then basically every time the pattern switched colors, I switched to a different new color, to use all these little mini-ball leftovers of Infinite Twist Helix I had in my leftover stash (mostly from Krewe). I’m planning on making the second mitten match the first. You can see a bit more about this project in my ravelry projects.
In geometry, the incenter of a triangle is the triangle’s center point; the tip of the smaller inner triangle of this mitten hits the center of the larger triangle (also the center of the mitten itself). I don’t think I actually mentioned this in the collection post, but all of our In Triplicate patterns are named after geometry terms.
So that’s Incenter! This design took me awhile to figure out, a couple of failed attempts came before the final version, but it was all worth it because I LOVE this design, and the pattern, and I think they are really fun and satisfying to make, to watch come together. I hope you love them too!