Fractal mittens by Sabrina Schumacher
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Fractal mittens

Knitting
December 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette sts
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
160 - 174 yards (146 - 159 m)
Women's average
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It‘s cold outside. Time to wrap your hands in warm mittens to brave the cold. Suddenly a phone call comes in or you want to capture your friend doing a flip while iceskating. Unwrapping is no option! These classic shaped mittens come with a twist: the mittens can be converted into mitts. Flip them over to use your fingertips.

The mittens are completely worked in rounds. Starting at the bottom with corrugated ribbing, the Fair Isle pattern is revealed as the pattern comes to the tip. The colorwork is inspired by the graphic artist M.C. Escher. His art had a strong mathematical component.

The aran-weight yarn gives a warm thickness and makes it a quick project. Choose two contrasting colors to reveal the fractal.

Pattern notes
The mittens are worked bottom up. The two-colored cast-on is continued by corrugated ribbing. The geometric Fair Isle motifs getting bigger as the tip is reached. The mittens are worked seamlessly.
The palm circumference of the model‘s hand is 19cm (7 1/2“) and the mittens are worn with a 1/2“ negative ease. There is the possibility to make the mittens larger. The instructions tell you where the mittens can be lengthened.

Skills Required/ Techniques Used

  • Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Fair Isle
  • working from charts

Yarn
Donegal Yarns Aran Tweed, 100% Wool,
160 m (174 yards) per 100g; sample in Petrol Blue and Sunflower.
DC: 80 m (87 yards), 50g
LC: 80 m (87 yards), 50g

Needles
4.0mm/ US #6 and 4.5mm/ US #7 DPNs, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions
2 buttons, stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn for stitch holder.

Gauge
18 sts and 24 rows = 10cm/ 4“ in stockinette stitch, using bigger needles.

Size
Women‘s average

Finished measurements
palm circumference: 18cm (7“)
length from tip to wrist: 24cm (9 1/4“)
There is the possibility to make the mittens larger. The instructions tell you where the mittens can be lengthened.