Lost in the Forest Mitts by Anthea Willis

Lost in the Forest Mitts

September 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
131 - 142 yards (120 - 130 m)
one size
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These charming fingerless mitts are inspired by the beautiful area in which I live - The Forest of Dean on the English/Welsh border of Gloucestershire - and feature an all over lace pattern that resembles a forest stretching away into the distance ready for exploring and adventures!

The mitts are knitted flat and top down then stitched up leaving a gap for your thumb.

Both pieces are the same with no shaping to worry about which makes them an ideal first lace project!

I designed these mitts using the wonderful limited edition Cornish Tin 4ply yarn from Blacker Yarns - a blend created from ten different British grown fibres to celebrate their 10th Anniversary.
The yarn is gorgeously soft yet robust - perfect for autumnal woodland foraging! Just don’t get too lost!!

A note on gauge - the tension is not absolutely critical for these mitts as the both the yarn used and the lace pattern itself are pretty forgiving and stretchy. The finished mitts will fit a hand with a palm width of 8-10cm (measured across the widest part of the palm). If you have very broad hands it might be worth going up a needle size or two or adding an extra stitch or two to each edge. And remember to bind off loosely! I have included instructions for my favourite stretchy bind off in the pattern.

Soaking and blocking really brings out the beauty of this yarn and is essential to show off the great lace pattern!