Stranded mittens with sore thumb and a traditional mitten shape, knit in decidedly non-traditional yarns, fibers, and colors. Choose a wool, alpaca, mohair, or blended yarn for maximum warmth and resilience.
S (M, L) to fit 7.5″ (8.25″, 9″) palm circumference. If you are between sizes, knit the closer size.
8.5″ (9.25″, 10″) circumference, and 9.5″ (10″, 11″) long
3 (4, 5) US, or size needed to get gauge.
Pattern may be knit on double points, a long circular for magic loop, or on 2 circulars.
28 (26, 24) sts. and 30 (28, 26) rows = 4″ in colorwork pattern. Gauge is critical for proper fit!
These glorious mittens look great in a variety of yarns. Try them in a smooth yarn, one with a halo, or a nubbledy tweed. Treat yourself to the most scrumptious lining yarn you can find.
This pattern requires sport or DK or light worsted weight yarns for the outer mitten. You will use approx. 125 yards of MC and 40 yards each of 5 CCs. You will need approx. 140 yards of a DK or sport lining yarn, as well. Choose a plied wool, alpaca, or mohair blend yarn for optimal warmth and sturdiness.
All samples shown have been knit with one main color and 5 contrast colors. The chart will show you when to change colors. You do not need to knit these in 6 colors, however. Two colors will do nicely! I can see these in black and white, subtle combinations like blue and grey, or a solid main color with a self-striping contrast yarn.
Ravelry to see some amazing examples.
Please be familiar with knitting in the round, stranded knitting, picking up stitches, decreasing and increasing, and reading a colorwork chart. The pattern is a bit chatty, so should be suitable for an adventurous beginning colorwork knitter.