These fingerless mitts were inspired when a friend's search for a matching pattern to go with her newly knit Ishbel Beret was unsuccessful. After helping to turn over the last stone on the Internet, I decided there was nothing left to do but write up a pattern for her. The mitts come in two forms - Ishbel and Elena - the Scottish and Slovakian forms of my two new cousins' names and a nod to our shared heritage. Just like the sisters they are named after, both designs feature the same traditional vine lace pattern, but with a slight visual difference - one stands up straight while the other meanders along the wrist. Each flows into the parallel lines of a razorshell lace panel over the back of the hand. A decorative lace border across the knuckles creates a delicate cast-off edge.
Three sizes are available for these mitts: petite/small (6/6.5 inches), medium/large (7/7.5 inches) and extra-large (8/8.5 inches). Measure around the widest point of your hand at your knuckle to find your size. This mitt has negative ease, which means it should have a fitted appearance, stretching around your hand with the cuff snug against your wrist.
While this pattern is designed to be knit with fingering weight (4-ply) yarn, you can easily substitute a light fingering (3-ply) weight. I would recommend going down to a size 1.5 US needle if you do. Please be aware that this will also shrink the size of your mitt - if you are on the larger end of the scale in your size bracket you might need to go up a size.
8 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette stitch
I am a writer and photographer with a love for yarn, a gift for gabbing, and a talent for acquiring hobbies. So basically, I like collecting things, talking too much, and taking pretty pictures. And squishing soft stuff. Like kitty bellies. Yum!
?All things are an exchange for fire, and fire for all things, as goods for gold and gold for goods.? ? Heraclitus, 6th century BCE