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Back Roads Fingerless Mitts


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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; --Robert Frost (1874-1963), The Road Not Taken Back Roads Mitts invite such an adventure with a cabled cuff to fight off drafts and a lovely textural pattern of curving stockinette stitch paired with garter stitch ridges and slip-stitch crosses adorning the back of the hand. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit and purl stitches Knit in the round No cable needle 2 stitch cables Knitting through the back loop Slipped stitches Increase and decrease stitches - M1L, M1R, k2tog, ssk GAUGE 21 stitches/32 rounds to 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch, unblocked. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Mitts fit hand sizes of approx 6.5, 7.5, 8.5" (16.5, 19.1, 21.6 cm) palm circumference. Finished circumference (unstretched, measured above thumb gusset) is approx 6.1, 6.8, 7.4" (15.5, 17.3, 18.8 cm). Finished (adjustable) length is approx 8, 8.25, 8.5" (20.3, 21, 21.6 cm). SUGGESTED YARN 155 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage COLORWAY Badlands

Supplies Needed

  • US 6 (4 mm) 7" (18 cm) double-pointed
  • Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
  • Stitch markers (5 per mitt)

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