These colourwork mittens feature cameos—those most classic Regency silhouettes—of a young lady and her fine gentleman gazing at each other. The silhouettes are framed with cabled ovals, worked with the contrasting colour against the main/background colour. The cables give an unexpected hint of texture to the stockinette-stitch mittens and add a little extra challenge for the knitter. In the background are diamond and stripe patterns inspired by historical wallpaper patterns. A deep cuff of twisted-stitch ribbing keeps the mittens snug and practical.
This pattern was originally published in the inaugural edition of Jane Austen Knits (2011). It is still available through the Interweave store, either as part of the digital magazine, or as an individual pattern.
The pattern has since been updated and revised, with more extensive notes, professionally re-edited, and re-released under my own label.
I’m offering 50% off the re-released pattern price for knitters who already have the magazine (paper or digital) or the single digital pattern from Interweave. The coupon code is the number of stitches you cast on for the cuff of the mitten. (Spell out the number in words, as in ‘ten’, ‘fifteen’, or ‘ninety-five’.)
FINISHED SIZE: 7.5” hand circumference and 9.5” long including 1.5” deep cuff. To fit a medium woman’s hand.
YARN: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering (100% wool; 310 yd 283 m/50 g): #117 winter blue (MC) and #730 natural (CC), 1 skein each.
NEEDLES: Size 1 (2.25 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn) or circular (cir) for magic loop. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS: Small cable needle (cn); waste yarn to be used as a stitch holder; tapestry needle.
SKILLS REQUIRED: Knitting & purling; working in the round; stranded 2-colour knitting; cables; lifted increases; decreases; reading charts. (Colourwork/cable portion is provided in chart form only.)
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