Kitsune Mittens by Betsy Farquhar

Kitsune Mittens

October 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 m)
one- adult
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Kitsune is the Japanese word for “fox.” The Kitsune is a traditional mythical character.. a fox spirit. A kitsune lives for many years,growing wiser as it grows older, and possesses intelligence, spirituality, loyalty, and magical powers. (The older and wise she is.. the more tails she grows!)

Combine this Japanese imagery with traditional Scandinavian stranded knitting and mitten construction for a beautiful, functional, and interesting accessory.

Tools: one set of 4 size 0 double pointed needles, one set of size 2 double pointed needles, a stitch holder or piece of scrap yarn, stitch markers (2) needle to weave in ends.

Materials: 4 balls of Knit Picks Palette, or other fingering weight yarn, 1 of each color (50 grams of yarn makes one pair of mittens… you won’t use an entire ball of each color).

I used:
Blue and orange mittens:
Color 1: Knit Picks Palette Orange
Color 2: Knit Picks Palette Whirlpool
Color 3: Knit Picks Palette Sky
Color 4: Knit Picks Palette Salsa Heather

Green, gold, and red mittens:
Color 1: Knit Picks Palette Grass
Color 2: Knit Picks Palette Edamame
Color 3: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering Goldenrod
Color 4: Knit Picks Palette Serrano

Gauge: 36 st and 40 rows = 4 inches in Knit Picks Palette. (Brown Sheep produces slightly smaller gauge.

Finished Measurements:
Mitten is 9.25 inches from top to edge, and 4 inches wide. Thumbs are about 2.5 inches long.