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Striped Owl Mittens for Daddy


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Want a quick and satisfying project? This pair of mittens will do the trick! They also don't use much yarn---the mittens use only 45 yds/40 m in the main color and 40 yds/ 35 m in the contrast color. The idea for these mittens arose because I was smitten with some lovely grey and charcoal heathered Lopi. I knew the colors would look amazing on my Daddy. He always has cold hands, but also needs to be able to use his fingers, so convertible mittens were the solution. So, after a bit of swatching of striped owls, these mittens were born. I really like them. I like that the owl has a textured breast that is flanked by wingfeathers. I like that the striping is balanced. I like that the thumb looks a bit like a branch. I like that I can see the owl's feet. With luck, my dad will like these mittens, too. (Note: the matching hat is available as a separate pattern, or together with these mittens in an eBook.) BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl, make 1, knit two together, slip slip knit cabling two stitches over two others, duplicate stitch, grafting, blocking GAUGE 3.25 st./in. and 4 rows/in. in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The finished mittens are each 10" long and about 8.5" in circumference. SUGGESTED YARN 85 yards of Bulky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky

Supplies Needed

  • 45 yds/40 m of bulky yarn in main color
  • 40 yds/ 35 m of bulky yarn in contrast color
  • Size 10 needles: either two circulars, or a set of dpns, or a long circular for use with magic loop

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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books <i>Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects</i> and <i>Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics</i> with my colleague and friend Carolyn Yackel. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about me and my way-too-many interests (including my ex-cat, socially responsible investing, dance, feminist philosophy of science,...) at <a href="">my website</a>.