Latvian Braid Fair Isle Mitts by Martha Marques

Latvian Braid Fair Isle Mitts

February 2014
Peacefleece DK Sheplova Mushroom
Peacefleece DK Antartica White
Peacefleece Dk Blue Jay
Peacefleece DK Father's Grey
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded Stockinette in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
200 - 225 yards (183 - 206 m)
Small (7.5 inch around) Medium (8 inches around) Large (8.5 inches)
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I have made several pairs of mitts very similar to these using up bits and bobs of leftover sock yarns, mostly my own hand dyes and/or overdyes. And I love those mitts and have a pattern for them in the works. But when I received my post Christmas present for me shipment from Peacefleece with the lovely heathery colors of their Sport Weight yarns I just had to make these. The slightly heavier weight yarn works up at 7/inch (after blocking). The Peacefleece yarn blend (70/30 merino/mohair) blocks beautifully and has a delicious hefty warmth. Plus the mohair fluffs up and creates a delightful “halo” with washing and wearing.

This pattern will require some plain oatmeal knitting for the facings, some simple color work with absolutely no carries of more than 3 stitches so you can weave in or not just as you please, and the lovely Latvian Braid. This technique is show offey, but actually quite simple to make. It is a bit annoying because the yarns twist on the bottom of the braid….but then they untwist on the top. So the annoying bit doesn’t last long.

Also Mitts are a great vehicle for learning new techniques. You have enough chances to practice but the actual finished product is very quick to make. I made a single mitt in an afternoon. Do keep in mind, though, that I am a very fast and loose knitter. To get gauge you may need to use a larger needle than I suggest, and your working time will almost certainly vary.

If you wish to substitute colors here are my recommendations; you will need 1 light, 1 dark, and 2 brights. The brights work best if one is cool (blue/green) and one is warm (red/yelllow). If you wish to add more colors that is always wonderful -- but don’t use less than 4.