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Ravens in Snow Fingerless Mitts


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Corvids are my favorite family of birds. It's hard to say which is my favorite Corvid -- I have very fond memories of Green Jays while visiting Bentsen-Rio Grande in Texas while working on my Zoology degree, and I love watching the crow family that feasts on our figs. But ravens, with their simple beauty and impressive intellect, are truly special. They are also an especially rich source of mythology, including Odin's Hugin and Munin, Thought and Memory, of Norse mythos. They are also prominent in the myths of the various peoples of North America. Ravens continue to inspire people today: they can be seen on postage stamps, as the mascots of football teams, and, obviously, on knitwear. Pattern Notes Stranded St st gauge (and stitch more than row gauge) is the most important for this mitt. My garter st gauge and non-stranded St st gauge is much larger (fewer stitches per inch) than my stranded St st gauge. If yours doesn't vary as much, you may not need to change needles for the top of the mitt. A loose cast on is necessary. More critical, perhaps, than using the larger needle is consciously spacing the cast on stitches about 2mm apart. This ensures the scallops will lay flat. Two color long tail cast on: Holding one strand of each color together, make a slip knot & place on right hand needle. (Remove the slip knot before joining in the round.) Hold yarns as if to work a long tail cast on; the color around your thumb will end up being the edge & the color around your index finger will form the cast on loops on the right hand needle. Cast on using the long tail cast on. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Two color cast on, simple lace, stranded knitting, knitting in the round GAUGE 36 sts & 44 rnds = 4" in stranded St st on US1.5 needles 32 sts & 40 rnds = 4" in Garter st on US1 needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Fits up to 7(8)" palm circumference Actual palm circumference above thumb: 7(8)" Total Length: 7.5(8)" Cuff Length: 2.25" SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Palette, other fingering COLORWAY Oyster/Mineral

Supplies Needed

  • MC Knit Picks Palette, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231yd/50gm, 1 ball, Oyster
  • CC Knit Picks Palette, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231yd/50gm, 1 ball, Minera
  • US 4/ 3.5mm needles for cast on

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Sunset Cat Designs by Stephannie Tallent
Sunset Cat Designs by Stephannie Tallent
Stephannie is the author of <i>The Wild West Collection</i>, <i>California Revival Knits</i> and <i>Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock</i>. She also teaches Aran Lace Knitting in the Aran Lace DVD & Aran Lace Online Class from Interweave Knits. She talks about Aran Lace in an episode in the upcoming season of Knitting Daily. Her favorite type of knitting is colorwork...and cables...and lace...and twisted stitches. Yep, no favorite! She's inspired by nature, architecture, and pop culture (she's a self-avowed movie geek). Find her at or as StephCat on Ravelry.