Galileo Mittens by Laura Chau

Galileo Mittens

October 2008
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
250 yards (229 m)
M (L)
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Bring some celestial beauty into your life with these unique and fun mittens. The Galileo mittens are worked in a mirrored, non-repeating stranded colourwork pattern on the hand that is reminicient of Renaissance astronomy charts and inspired by the stars. Striped cuffs and thumbs, as well as a diamond palm pattern, provide a visual geometric contrast. A close fit keeps your hands toasty while you contemplate the heavens.

Women’s M (L)
Size L contains 5 extra rounds for additional length in the mitten hand.
Size can be further altered by changing the gauge and needle size.
For a larger mitten, use needles one size larger. For a smaller mitten, use needles one or two sizes smaller.

Finished Measurements
Palm Circumference: 8.25 inches around palm
Length: 10 (10.5) inches from tip to end of cuff

Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (100% merino wool; 175 yd/50g)
1 skein of each of two colours;
MC: 40 g/140 yards of equivalent fingering weight yarn
CC: 30 g/105 yards of equivalent fingering weight yarn
2.5 mm/US 1 double pointed needles, set of 4 or 5;
or 32-inch or longer circular needle, or two circular neeedles
2 stitch markers
waste yarn
tapestry needle

32 stitches and 36 rounds = 10cm/4in square in two-colour stockinette stitch, chart pattern

Important Sizing Note:
The Galileo Mittens shown here were knit to fit very small hands and are shorter than this pattern will
produce as written. The Chart as presented will result in a very slightly different pattern on the back of the hand, as several rounds were inserted before the decrease rounds at the top of the mitten (not shown). If your mittens look a bit different from the photo near the top of the hand, don’t worry! You’re still on the right track!

How to Buy
This 5-page PDF download contains written instructions and charts.