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Flying V's Mitts

Knitting
November 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
160 - 280 yards (146 - 256 m)
small, medium, large
This pattern is available for download for $7.00.

These mitts (either fingerless or full mittens) are part of a pattern set - for fingerless mitts, mittens, legwarmers, and a cowl - all in your choices of chevron block stranded colorwork patterns!

The PDF includes 16 different chevron colorwork chart options to choose from, ranging from using 2 colors to 5 colors.

You’ll never need to work with more than two yarns at a time, but some prior stranded colorwork experience is recommended, as it can be a bit tricky working the stranded colors with the chevron pattern at the same time. But the results are well worth the effort!

Mitt circumferences for small {medium, large} sizes: 8 {8.5, 9} inches / 20 {21.5, 23} cm, to fit hands up to 8.25 {9, 9.75} inches / 21 {23, 25} cm around (at the largest point around).

Small is for adolescents/teens or for small adult woman hands, medium is for medium adult woman hands, and large is for large adult women or some adult men. Keep in mind the length can be easily modified, and the top of the mitten can be made to custom fit your hand by trying it on as you knit.

The thumbs are connected modularly to avoid any holes. The mittens feature a thumb-shaped thumb, closed at an angle with some grafting; the mitten top is closed with grafting as well.

The lengths of all the mitts are easily adjustable, as you can work more rows before and/or after the thumb if you want a longer style.

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You need
yardages given for small {medium, large} sizes (see sizing section for details)

For fingerless mitts:

  • 160 {190, 220} yards / 145 {175, 200} meters total fingering weight yarn, in as many colors as you want to use
  • Size US 2 needles (or size to get gauge), in double points or circulars to knit in the round
  • 2 stitch markers

For full mittens:

  • 220 {250, 280} yards / 200 {230, 260} meters total fingering weight yarn, in as many colors as you want to use
  • Size US 2 needles (or size to get gauge), in double points or circulars to knit in the round
  • 2 stitch markers

Yardage notes: You won’t need as much if you’re working one of the color patterns which only requires stranded knitting for half the rows. You’ll need more yardage if you’re adding extra length.

Gauge
- For mitts (fingering weight): just under 8 stitches per inch / 6 stitches per 2 cm in stockinette stitch.

The samples:

  • Knit Picks Palette fingering weight in Turmeric, Mist, Opal Heather, Verdant Heather, and Lichen; size small fingerless mitts
  • Knit Picks Palette fingering weight in Turmeric, Mist, Opal Heather, Verdant Heather, and Tea Rose; size medium fingerless mitts
  • Knit Picks Palette fingering weight in Tomato, Caribbean, and Lichen; size large fingerless mitts
  • Knit Picks Palette fingering weight in Tomato and Mist; size medium mittens

Sizing

Circumferences in small {medium, large} (approximate - sizes may vary based on how tightly strands are carried along the back; fit may vary depending on yarn type, etc)
- Mitts/mittens: 8 {8.5, 9} inches / 20 {21.5, 23} cm, to fit hands up to 8.25 {9, 9.75} inches / 21 {23, 25} cm around (at the largest point around)

Heights in small {medium, large}
(Heights are easily adjustable by knitting more or less for your ideal height; these are the approximate heights as the patterns are written.)

  • Fingerless mitts: 5.75 {6.5, 7.25} inches / 15 {16.5, 18} cm
  • Mittens: 8.5 {9.5, 10.5} inches / 22 {24, 26} cm

Because of the nature of the stranded colorwork, the fabric in these items doesn’t have much stretch, so you may prefer to make a size you think might be a bit too big rather than one you think might be too small, for a looser fit.

Mitts: small is for adolescents/teens or for small adult woman hands, medium is for medium adult woman hands, and large is for large adult women or some adult men. Keep in mind the length can be easily modified, and the top of the mitten can be made to custom fit your hand by trying it on as you knit.

The different sizes in the mitts and legwarmers are made by changing the number of stitches per chevron block.