These mitts are knit in white and embroidered with duplicate stich, which is much easier than three colour knitting.
Knit in the round. Materials: 3 skeins of Drops Eskimo. Cast on 28 stitches on 6 mm DPNs. Work in stockinette for 15 rounds. PM on each side of two stitches in the middle of the round. M1 on each side of the markers every 4th row 4 times. (Until you have 8 more stitches) Place the new stitches + the two in between the markers on a thread.(= 10 stitches on the thread)
Continue the round in stockinette, cast on 2 new stitches under the thumb when you get there again. Work until the mitt is long enough for you hand. Then work finishing rounds like this:
Round 1: K1, K2 togtbl, K2 togtbl, K4, K2 tog, K2 tog, K2, K2 togtbl, K2 togtbl, K4, K2tog, K2tog, K1.
Round 2 and 3: Knit
Round 4: K1, K2 togtbl, K2 togtbl, K2tog, K2tog, K2, K2 togtbl, K2 togtbl, K2tog, K2tog, K1.
Weave together the last 12 stitches with kitchener stitch.
Thumb: Use DPNs. Pick up 3 stitches under the thumb (13 stitches all together). Knit until long enough.
Finishing round: * K2, K2tog* K3. Sew the last 10 stiches with kitchener stitch.
Make another one and decorate!
How to do the duplicate stitch:
Needle goes up under the stitch you want to duplicate.
Then through the one over it...
And down where it came from. Voila!
Weave in all ends and run your mitts a couple rounds in the laundry mashine. We only want a slightly felted effect, so that they keep their softness. It may be a good idea to do a short spin first and then another if needed.
Mitts before felting.