You will need:
1 ball of 8 ply yarn
Knitting needles size 3.25mm and 4.00mm
Leave about 30cm of yarn at the beginning which will be used to sew the side seam at the end.
Cast on 48 stitches with the 4.00mm needle (cast on row only). I have a small hand so cast on 38 stitches.
Change to 3.25 needles
Row 1: Knit 1 Purl 1 until the end of the row.
Continue with rib until you have a total of 24 rows. (The ribbing will give a firm but stretchy cuff to the mittens. I forgot where I was up to and actually knitted 26 rows. Oops!).
Change to 4.00mm needles
Row 2: Knit to the end of the row
Row 3: Purl to the end of the row
Repeat these two rows of stocking stitch until you have the desired length. I knitted 30 rows.
Still using the 4.00mm needles, work 8 rows in rib.
Cast off loosely.
Leave about 30cm tail of yarn for sewing up then cut yarn.
To sew mittens together:
Thread the needle with the end thread. Match right sides together. Sew together approximately 2 inches of the mitten. Length to sew will be determined by the number of rows you knit after measuring your hand against the mitten. Use an overcast stitch, taking one stitch from each side of the mittens. Pull the yarn but don't creat a pucker. Finished with a double stitch and thread the yarn down the seam for about one inch to conceal the end. Cut off the remainder of thread.
Thread the needle with the beginning tail and sew cuff in the same way until the gap left for your thumb is comfortable. Finish off as before.
I used 4 Seasons Marvel magic stripe 8 ply which was on special at Spotlight a while back. I wish I had bought a couple of balls of the same colour and then I could have knitted a beanie.
This is a 'little something' I picked up last week at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival. Cute eh?