Checkers mitts by Lea Bronnenkant
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Checkers mitts

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Knitting
June 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colorwork (for medium/large)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
150 - 250 yards (137 - 229 m)
small/medium - medium/large

These checkers mitts are the perfect ones for a first attempt at colorwork: no long floats and easy to memorize repeat… yet a stunning result! They are made all in the round with a thumb gusset. The colorwork is charted only but the pattern contains a lot of written explanations about the structure of the mittens and how to use the charts.

Skill level: easy.

Techniques: knit/purl in the round, increase, basic stranded colorwork.

Yarn: Any fingering weight yarn. The sample was made in Lammy yarn Corrida. But any sock yarn will work fine too. Make sure there is enough contrast between main color and contrasting color for optimal result.

Main color (MC): 100-150 yards.
Contrasting color (CC): 100-150 yards.

Sizes:
Small / Medium (S/M) = to fit 6.5 to 8” (16.5-20 cm) around hand.
Medium / Large (M/L) = to fit 8 to 9.5” (20-24 cm) around hand.

Gauge:
S/M: 32 stitches x 48 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stranded colorwork (size US 2/2.75 mm needles).
M/L: 28 stitches x 42 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stranded colorwork (size US 3/3.25 mm needles).

Needle sizes are a suggestion, always use the size that gives you gauge.
Note that stranded colorwork is not very stretchy.

Tools: Size US 2/2.75 mm or US 3/3.25 mm double pointed needles (or long circular needle if you prefer magic loop) or size to get gauge; tapestry needle; scissors; 2 stitch markers; stitch holder or small length of waste yarn.