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Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts

Idiot's Guides: Knitting
Knitting
September 2013
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
390 yards (357 m)
Adult S (M, L)

This project is a challenging introduction to stranded colorwork in the round. If you’ve admired traditional Fair Isle knitting but are unsure about how difficult it is, this small-scale project will help demystify the process for you. These mitts combine working in the round, ribbing, plain knitting, and stranded knitting. A simplified thumb with a raw bound (cast) off edge keeps the fussiness to a minimum. The three-color motif around the cuff uses the Fair Isle tradition of introducing a color shift at the halfway point, but you could simplify this by using only two colors.

Yarn
3 balls (1 each of Main Color MC and contrasting Colors A and B) fine weight (sport or light DK) yarn, 50 grams/131 yards (120 m).

Finished Measurements
To fit Adult Small (Medium, Large), about 6 1⁄2 (7 1⁄4, 8 1⁄4) inches (16.5 18.75, 21 cm) around and 7 inches (18cm) high