Celtic Inspired Mittens by Janet Welsh Knits

Celtic Inspired Mittens

Knitting
August 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 10.5 rows = 1 inch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
200 - 230 yards (183 - 210 m)
Woman's Small, Medium and Large
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For years I’ve been drawn to Celtic designs. I love how the lines flow. These mittens came to mind as I studied different Celtic patterns and considered how they could merge with colourwork mittens.

Degree of Difficulty
This pattern is suitable for an intermediate knitter with some experience working with charts and knitting in the round.

Size
Instructions are written for a women’s small hand with medium and large in brackets. Mittens pictured in feature photos were knit with the instructions for size large.

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

Materials:
Knit Picks Palette fingering weight yarn (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231 yards/50 grams)
• 1 ball main colour (MC) in Cream; 1 ball contrast colour (CC) in Garnet Heather

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
Bottom of cuff to top of fingers: 25.4 cm/9.9 inches; 27 cm/10.7 inches; 28.8 cm/11.4 inches
Wrist to top of fingers: 18.9 cm/7.4 inches; 20 cm/7.9 inches; 21.8 cm/8.6 inches

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