Atomic Fingerless Mitts by Robin Allen

Atomic Fingerless Mitts

Knitting
July 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
274 yards (251 m)
One size fits adult hands with circumference measurement up to 8.5"
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This pattern is available for free.

Ah, the 1950s—they gave us Velcro, Hula Hoops, Saran Wrap, Scotchgard, Liquid Paper, Mr. Potato Head, McDonald’s, and credit cards. Did all of that make the Atomic Era the best in recent history? Who knows. But its art and architecture are the bomb!

I constructed these mitts around a Scandinavian snowflake motif that looks both futuristic and modern. I chose the popular Atomic combination of blue and green for an outdoor cocktail party, but you might pair aqua with orange and enjoy a dinner of fried clams at Howard Johnson. Or switch out the green for red and hang out at the Tastee-Freez. Or Google the word Googie and let the results inspire your colors and venue.

Wherever you wear these, you’ll be coolest cat around.

Features:

  • Knit in the round
  • Seamless
  • Minimal finishing
  • Charted and written instructions

Skills: Knitting, purling, stranded knitting, working in the round, working from a chart, researching techniques you’re unfamiliar with.

Finished Measurements:
Hand circumference, excluding thumb: 8”/20.25cm, stretches to 8.5”/21.5cm
Cuff edge to top of mitt: 10”/25.5 cm

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 137yd/125m per 50g skein); MC Avocado, 1 skein; CC Winter Night, 1 skein.

Needles: US 4/3.5mm needles for small circumference knitting in the round, either DPNs, 1 long circular, or 2 short circulars

Notions: Stich markers, yarn needle

Gauge: 24 sts/31 rnds = 4” in stranded stockinette stitch in the round, blocked
22 sts/30 rnds = 4” in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked

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