Bracken Mitts by Helen Gray Designs

Bracken Mitts

August 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
7.5 stitches and 9 rows = 1 inch
in stranded pattern
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
140 - 150 yards (128 - 137 m)
One size to fit woman's hand circumference 7 - 7.5 inches (18-19 cm)
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Perfect for fall, these little fair isle mitts call for small amounts of fingering weight yarn in one main shade and 6 contrast colours. The pattern is suitable for knitters who are comfortable knitting stranded colourwork in the round and reading charts.

The mitts are knit in the round from bottom cuff upwards, using the stranded technique with only two colours in any one round.
They have thumb gussets, and the pattern includes charts for left and right hands.

One size to fit hand circumference 7 - 7.5” (18 - 19cm).

The pattern includes two colourways:
1) Original colourway in J C Rennie Supersoft Lambswool 4ply in shades of browns, aqua blue, cream, purple and orange, with a little bit of Rowan Fine Tweed 4ply wool in a toning shade of rust brown.

2) Gathered Sheep Yarns 100% Shetland wool 3ply, hand-dyed in shades of dark purple, grey, olive green, walnut brown, oatmeal, bright blue and red.

Kits (yarn only) are available for the Gathered Sheep Yarns colourway here:

The shop sample mitts (beautifully knit by kimknitessex on Ravelry) are reflected in the pattern charts; my own (hgd11 on Ravelry) sample mitts transposed The Olive Tree and Oatmeal colours (not charted but you could totally knit them that way if you wanted!)

Yarns and amounts
Colourway 1
JC Rennie Supersoft Lambswool 4ply shades:
Elephant (dark brown) 30g
Fauna (aqua blue) 25g
Grouse (light brownish-green) 13 yards
Putty (cream) 13 yards
Iris (bright purple) 3 yards
Spice (bright orange-red) 3 yards

Rowan Fine Tweed 4ply wool yarn
Reeth (dark rust-brown) 13 yards

Colourway 2
Gathered Sheep Yarns Shetland wool 3ply shades:
Witches Potion (dark purple) 19g
Natural Dove (grey) 6g
Baby Walnut (beige) 3g
Oatmeal (cream) 2g
The Olive Tree (green) 2g
Stunning Blue (bright blue) 1g
The Crimson Dahlia (bright red) 1g

You will also need 2.5mm and 3mm (US 1.5 and 2.5) circulars (or dpns) for knitting small circumferences in the round, stitch markers, tapestry needle and waste yarn.