Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wild Cherry Bark Mitts

I had fun making these mitts. You may notice a resemblance to the Elijah Hat Pattern. I changed the stitch pattern to look more svelte on a hand, but it comes from the same source. I like working it a lot. It is simple enough I only need to count to 4 once in a while, but interesting enough I don't get bored. And I really like how it looks, especially in a slow-changing yarn. Maybe I'll try a pair of socks next?

Wild Cherry Bark Mitts Available on the right side of this page as a PDF pattern download for $4.

Wild Cherry Bark is a old remedy for winter ailments.

These slightly slouchy mitts help keep the winter chill at bay as well.
The stretchy stitch pattern has a texture showcased in solid yarns, and stunning with slow color changes.
Complete step-by-step instructions make the winged cable stitch a snap.

Needles and Notions:
-US #3 and #5 (3.25 mm and 3.75 mm) dpns. May also be made with magic loop or two circular needle technique.

Abbreviations and Techniques:
k - knit
p - purl
st- stitch
sl 1 wyib- slip one stitch purlwise with working yarn in back
dpn- double-pointed needles
make 1 left-leaning increase (optional, see appendix for instructions)
make 1 right-leaning increase (optional, see appendix for instructions)

Size: 8 inches around and 8 inches long, unstretched. Because of the ribbed stitch pattern, these slightly slouchy mitts will fit just about anyone, they will even fit over most gloves.
If you are making them for very wide hands or thick gloves, you may wish to go up one needle size. (#4’s and #6’s respectively).

Gauge: 7 stitches and 10 rows per inch in winged cable stitch pattern on #5 (3.75 mm) dpns. Exact gauge is not crucial as the stitch has some stretch.

Yarn: 2 skeins (125 meters each) Noro Silk Garden Lite #2048 or comparable dk-weight yarn (11 wpi). If you wish to be certain your color changes on each hand match, a 3rd skein would be a good idea.


LynnM said...

They're beautiful! When I made my daughter 2 pairs of Noro mitts with Kureyon, I used half a skein per mitt which meant two skeins could be divided to make two roughly similar pairs. It helped to start the cuffs with the same color, finish the tops with matching colors, and also try to match the thumbs. It also helps to have a ball winder!

Mokihana said...

Wow, those are gorgeous!!

AlisonH said...

Beautiful! But petting a cactus? Brave soul!