Crofters Mittens by tomofholland
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Crofters Mittens

Knitting
October 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in twisted garter rib (as seen on palm-side)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
Small, Medium, Large
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Mittens in three sizes, designed to show off the excellent stitch definition of Foula Wool.

size
These mittens come in three sizes; measure the circumference of your hand above the thumb (cuff not included, which measures 2” when folded back on itself):
Small: 7.5” circumference, length from wrist to tip: 7.5”
Medium: 8” circumference, length from wrist to tip: 8”
Large: 8.5” circumference, length from wrist to tip: 8.5”

size yarn amount
small 180g
medium 190g
large 200g

This pattern assumes you know how to knit twisted stitches (sometimes called travelling stitches or Bavarian cables) and how to knit in the round using the Magic Loop technique. The mittens start of with a tubular cast-on. The first half of the ribbed cuff is knitted on slightly larger needles than the second of the cuff, to ensure it folds over neatly. The wrist is knitted in stocking stitch. The hand and the thumb are knitted in twisted stitches throughout. The shaping of the top at the back of the hand is cleverly hidden within the pattern.

The following special techniques are used in making these mittens:
Tubular cast-on with waste yarn (explained in the instructions, and there’s a tutorial on my blog: http://tomofholland.com/2014/10/17/crofters-mittens-tubular-co/)
Twisted stitches (sometimes known as travelling stitches or Bavarian stitches, see Donna Druchunas’s detailed explanation of a number of techniques here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEff12/FEATff12EK.php I prefer the technique that doesn’t require a cable needle)
Twisted decreases (see abbreviations for explanation)
Magic Loop with long circular needle (see Kristin Fraser’s explanation here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss14/FEATss14VT.php)