Autumn Snow Mittens by Janet Welsh Knits

Autumn Snow Mittens

Knitting
October 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
10.5 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in stranded colourwork
US 1 - 2.25 mm
Women's Medium
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These mittens are inspired by the first snowfall of the year that often comes in autumn, when the leaves have turned and their colours are still brightly laying on the ground. The first dusting of snow is always a beautiful sight as it sparkles down.

The pattern takes advantage of the subtle transitions of colour in Knit Picks Chroma, colour-transitioning, fingering weight yarn, shown in Vermont/Natural. This gives the mittens the effect of being knit with several different colours of yarn, when in fact only two colours of yarn are required.

The pattern will also show off the snowflakes beautifully when knit with two solid-colour yarns, using Knit Picks Palette in Clove Heather/White.

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 or Latvian Braids.

Size
Women’s medium

Techniques used in pattern:
• Stranded colourwork
• Knitting in the round
• Knitting from a chart
• Plain or two-colour cast on
• Latvian braid
• Increase stitches (make one left and make one right)
• Decrease stitches (Slip, slip, knit and knit two together)
• Kitchener stitch

Materials:
Colour-transitioning yarn version - Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight yarn (70% Wool, 30% Nylon; 396 yards/100 grams)
• 1 ball main colour (MC) in Vermont; 1 ball contrast colour (CC) in Natural

OR

Solid-coloured yarn version - Knit Picks Palette fingering weight yarn (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231 yards/50 grams)
• 1 ball main colour (MC) in Clove Heather; 1 ball contrast colour (CC) in White

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
10.5 stitches and 11 rows/ 2.54 cm (1 inch) over stranded pattern, knit in the round.

Finished Measurements
19 cm (7.5 inches) circumference around fingers
29.75 cm (11.5 inches) from bottom of cuff to top of fingers; 20.75 cm (8 inches) from wrist to top of fingers

Note: This pattern uses 80 stitches around the wrist and the top of the hand.