Ginger Beer Mitts by Thea Colman

Ginger Beer Mitts

March 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette, finished blocked fabric
US 4 - 3.5 mm
175 yards (160 m)
7.5 (8, 8.5)" around wrist, 11" from top to bottom edge
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As part of my trip to Oregon for the Lantern Moon Retreat, we thought it would be fun to tie in with a design using yarn from a local dyer, such as Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit yarns.

When I saw this gorgeous shade of yellow in the package she sent me, I was hooked. I knew it would be the perfect pop of color to stick out of a denim jacket in spring or my big toggle coat through the winter.

Her delicate 2-ply Welterweight Rambouillet is a perfect choice for intricate cables, rustic enough to add some texture, but distinct enough to show off the motif. And again, THE COLOR. (it’s called Yellow Brick Road)

I decided to have fun with ribs, cables and lace on these. The medallion motif that moves from one side of the hand to the other, and the stockinette and ribbed sections play off of one another. As with most of my patterns, the motif is simpler than you think - so it’s fun to knit and quick enough that you can work on them for a few nights and be wearing them by next week.

Now it just needs to get warm enough to swap the coat for the jean jacket!