I Heard the Bells Mittens by Nanette Blanchard
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I Heard the Bells Mittens

June 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
Stranded color knitting
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
Small, Medium, and Large
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had endured several tragic years. First his wife died in a freak accident then his son was severely wounded in the Civil War. He wrote his poem of hope Christmas Bells on Christmas Day 1864.

The I Heard the Bells Mittens feature the first stanza of Longfellow’s poem. “I heard the bells on Christmas Day, Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat, Peace on earth goodwill to men.”

Size small (7 1/2”/19 cm circumference) uses size 0 (US) dpns and gets a gauge of 44 sts and rows to 4 inches. Size medium (8”/2 cm circumference) uses size 1 (US) dpns and gets a gauge of 40 sts and rows to 4”. Size large (8 1/2”/21.5 cm circumference) uses size 1.5 (US) dpns and gets a gauge of 36 sts and rows to 4”.

These mittens use 3 colors of Knit Picks Palette - the blue pair shown use Mist, Semolina, and Delta and the second pair use Ivy, Pimiento, and White. The pattern includes charts for both color combinations. The I Heard the Bells Mittens are knit from cuff to tip and feature an easy peasant thumb and a short twisted rib cuff.