Damask Mittens by Kristen Rengren

Damask Mittens

September 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Rosebud Pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
792 yards (724 m)
About 8 1/2" (21.5 cm) hand circumference and 12 1/2"(31.5 cm) long.

These mittens were broadly inspired by a WWII-era cardigan-and-pullover set, originally published in the 1940s in the British crafting magazine Stitchcraft. The original twinset paired colorful stripes with a lovely stranded rose motif for a delicate, feminine effect. Scaled down significantly and rendered with only two colors at a time (instead of four, as in the original), the roses are just as sweet and reminiscent of a bygone era, but much easier to knit! They are small enough for a take-along project.