Manzanita by Stephannie Tallent


December 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
Women's S,M,L
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NOTE: PLC & PRC are 1/1 LC & 1/1 RC worked on the WS.

Manzanita, genus Arctostaphylos, is best known for its gorgeous, twisty red bark. Depending on the species it has white to pink dainty bell-like flowers. It’s a common type of plant throughout California, especially in chaparral ecosystems.

Stitch pattern from Überlieferte Strickmuster, Teil 1, stitch pattern #40.

Thanks to Ashley Knowlton for Technical Editing. Thank you also to my wonderful test knitters.

These mitts are great for stash busting: you can easily use different yarns for the cuff and the body of the mitts.

For example, you could use a solid or semisolid yarn for the cuffs, to show of the pattern, and a subtly variegated yarn for the body of the mitt. Or you could use a yarn that will show good stitch definition for the cuff, and a yarn with a bit of halo for the main portion.

The cuff is knitted first. The stitches for the body of the mittens are picked up along the long edge of the cuff. See the cuff diagrams on pages 6-7.

The main body is worked in simple stockinette with an offset thumb gusset formed by M1Rs and M1Ls as described in the legend.

Stitch patterns are both charted and written out line by line.
Instructions are arranged with the cuff first, followed by the basic patterns for the two different gauges for the main portion of the mittens.

Directions are also given for fingerless mitts.

The MANZANITA MITTENS are shown in Sweet Grass Unscoured 2-ply Targhee, 100% Targhee wool, 230 yards (210 meters) per 113 grams (4 ounces) in the Celery colorway.

Palm circumference above thumb: 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)”

Worsted weight yarn, approx 130 (155, 180) yds
Aran weight yarn, approx 120 ( 140, 160) yds

US4/ 3.5mm and US6/ 4.0mm needles for worsted weight, or size to obtain gauge.
US5/ 3.75mm and US7/ 4.5mm for aran weight, or size to obtain gauge.

Your choice of Magic Loop, 2 circulars or DPNs.

20 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st with US6 needles & worsted weight yarn.
18 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st with US7 needles & aran weight yarn

Yarn needle, stitch markers, cable needle, (2) size 3/4” buttons

Knitting in the round, twisted stitches, picking up stitches

Thank you to Ashley Knowlton for tech editing.