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Muckle Mitts


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Darling Fingerless Mitts based on motif # 172 in my book 200 Fair Isle Motifs. When your hands are cold, but full mittens are too hot! Offered in three lovely color-ways, but I encourage you to make up your own. This pattern features an "afterthought" thumb, the kind of thumb often employed in folk knitting. The beauty of it, is you can keep on knitting in your colorwork pattern with hardly any interruption. Just work a few stitches on waste yarn, slip them back to the left hand needle and continue on your merry way. I show three versions, using three different yarns, each resulting a unique look and a slightly different gauge. All three will fit most women's hands. For larger or smaller mitts, change your needle size accordingly or use thicker or thinner yarn, there's lots of leeway here. You'll see I even mixed yarns with different fiber content, since I always hand wash my mittens, this should pose no problem. Bust that stash! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY able to use double point needles able to read a color work chart able to knit stranded color work in the round GAUGE 14 sts x 14 rounds = 2" 13 sts x 13 sts = 2'' SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 7 to 7 1/2 ' around and 7 to 7 1/2 " in length SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Worsted weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 or 3 colors
  • US size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
  • US size 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles

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Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit and especially loves to knit with color. She's the author of two new books featuring colorwork; Fair Isle Style, a contemporary collection of 20 designs from 18 popular designers, and the colorwork stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs. Her first book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages. Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft. She's a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, eager to share knitting knowledge with her students. She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane's inventive handknitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website,