All the Reindeer Mittens by Janet Welsh Knits

All the Reindeer Mittens

Knitting
November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 10.5 rows = 1 inch
in Stranded pattern, knit in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
women's small, medium, large and extra-large
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These mittens are inspired by all of the reindeer that are famous at Christmas. Each mitten has eight reindeer to represent the original eight, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, as well as one larger reindeer to represent Rudolph, who saved Christmas. A few optional duplicate stitches highlight Rudolph’s nose.

Degree of Difficulty
This pattern is suitable for an intermediate knitter with some experience working with charts and knitting in the round. Designer tips are provided for those who are new to stranded colourwork.

Size
Instructions are written for a women’s small hand with medium, large and extra-large in brackets. Mittens pictured in top three pictures were knit with the instructions for size extra-large.

Techniques used in pattern:
• Stranded colourwork
• Knitting in the round
• Knitting from a chart
• Corrugated ribbing
• Increase stitches (make one left and make one right)
• Decrease stitches (Slip, slip, knit and knit two together)
• Kitchener stitch
• Optional duplicate stitch on four stitches

Materials:
Knit Picks Palette fingering weight yarn (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231 yards/50 grams)
• 1 ball main colour (MC) in Ash; 1 ball contrast colour (CC1) in White; 1 ball contrast colour (CC2) in Pimento
Needles: set of 5, 2.25 mm (US#1) double-pointed needles (DPNs); or one 2.25 mm (US#1), 100 cm (40 inch) long circular needle, if you prefer to use the Magic Loop method, or size needed to get gauge.
Tapestry needle for finishing.
Length of smooth, contrasting colour waste yarn to hold thumb stitches.

Gauge
10 stitches and 10.5 rows/ 2.54 cm (1 inch) over stranded pattern, knit in the round.
Knitting to the correct gauge is important to achieving the finished measurements noted above.

Finished Measurements
Circumference around fingers: 18.3 cm/7.2 inches (19.3 cm/7.6 inches, 20.3 cm/8 inches, 21.3 cm/8.4 inches)
Bottom of cuff to top of fingers: 25.7 cm/10.1 inches (27.5 cm/10.9 inches, 30 cm/11.8 inches, 30.8 cm/12.1 inches)
Wrist to top of fingers: 18.6 cm/7.3 inches (20 cm/7.9 inches, 21.5 cm/8.5 inches, 21.8 cm/8.6 inches)

Note: This pattern uses 72, 76, 80 or 84 stitches around the wrist and the top of the hand.