I recently started adding soft knitted cuff linings to my Scandinavian mittens. They are so easy and I think the extra detail adds a bit of polish to hand-knitted pieces. I’ve been using this totally luxurious angora/merino blend yarn from Honeybuns Rabbitry and Apiary that I picked up at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. It is so soft, it feels like stroking a teeny tiny baby bunny on its itty bitty tummy.
Here’s how I do it:
1. Grab a crochet hook, bunny-soft yarn, and pick up stitches.
Pick up the same number of stitches as the knitted cuff. I had a 60 stitch cuff here, so I cast on 60 stitches. Choose your yarn keeping in mind that you may not want to add extra bulk to your cuff. So you may want to use a slightly finer yarn, smaller needles, or, if using the same yarn and needles as the rest of your project, you’ll decrease by 10% in the first round of knitting.
2. Knit desired lining length.
If you’ve chosen to use the same weight yarn and needles as the rest of your project, go ahead and decrease by 10% in the first round or two of knitting. For instance, my cuff was 60 stitches around so I would have decreased by 6 stitches using a simple knit 2 together decrease evenly spaced across my knitting.
Measure the cuff and knit until you’ve reached the desired length of your lining.
3. Sew down the live stitches.
Here is the scary part. Flip your mitten inside-out and pull the lining into place, cut your yarn off with enough length for sewing down all the stitches and weaving in the end, and then pull out your needles. DO IT! See, that wasn’t so bad. Now, thread the cut length of yarn onto a wool needle. You’ll want to sew into that first stitch first, so it doesn’t unravel, and then just gently tack down each live stitch all the way around. Weave in the end.
4. Flip it inside out and you’re done.
Poof! Classy cuff lining!