Bellevue Mittens by Elizabeth McCarten

Bellevue Mittens

Knitting
February 2019
Handspun from Ashford Corriedale top
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
150 - 175 yards (137 - 160 m)
S/M = 7.7" circumference, L = 8.5" circumference
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Recently, I discovered a little bag of Ashford Corriedale top in a soft mauve-purple at the bottom of a trunk. Using a home-made spindle and a shoebox kate, I spun it into a 2-ply worsted weight, a yarn that at normal gauge knits up to 5 stitches per inch. It was closer to double knitting weight than aran.
Next, I browsed through Wendy Bernard’s “Japanese Stitches Unraveled” and, it being close to Valentine’s Day, the cabled hearts caught my attention. I liked 1) the way in which the hearts are stacked, 2) the combination of cables and seed stitch, and 3) the unique way that the cables are constructed. Although the ropes look like ordinary k2 cables, they are in fact made by k1, p1, k1; the centre purl stitch is sucked invisibly into the rope, giving it a deeply sculpted profile. So clever.
I adapted the cable to the mitt silhouette and deliberately placed the thumbs very slightly toward the palms to prevent the torqueing of the main pattern on the back of the hand, incorporating a gap-less thumb pickup.
Because the stitch pattern is designed to fit precisely into the given number of stitches, the size adjustments for these mitts are made by varying the yarn and gauge. The good news is that my pair ended up taking only 56g of hand spun, making them a perfect small yardage project.
For size L, use an aran weight wool and US #7/ 4.5mm needles or size to get 20 sts = 10 cm.