Flora Mitts by Anne Podlesak

Flora Mitts

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November 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Flora Chart, worked in the round, after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
375 - 400 yards (343 - 366 m)
7 ¼” (18.5 cm) hand circumference for size small and 8 ½” (21.5 cm) for size large, after blocking, measured around knuckles of hand
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Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

These fingerless mitts are knit in the round using a stranded/Fair Isle knitting technique. The thumbs are worked by placing stitches onto waste yarn, and then casting the same number of stitches back on to form the thumb opening. The thumb stitches are then picked up and knit once the remainder of the mitt is knit.

You will need one skein of each of the following colorways to knit the mitts as written: #FC56mix (MC) – dark purple; #96 (CC1) – pale yellow, #49 (CC2) – lavender; #28 (CC3) – gold, #123mix (CC4) purple; 1 skein of each colorway. You will not need a full skein of any of the colors to complete a pair as written. All but the MC used a half a skein or less.

Skills Needed: Chart-reading, knitting in the round. (The pattern is written for a set of 5 DPNs, but could also be worked using 2 circulars or the Magic Loop method.)

Inspiration: From Roman mythology, Flora was the goddess of the springtime and flowers. Her festival was held every year between April 28 and May 3, to celebrate the coming of warm weather.

These mitts are available as a stand-alone pattern, or as part of an 8-piece set in the Legendary Knits, volume 3, collection.