Mistress Beauchamp's Mitts by Jill Bickers

Mistress Beauchamp's Mitts

February 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.75 stitches = 1 inch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
100 - 200 yards (91 - 183 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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In the book Outlander, a woman from the 1940s steps through the standing stones at Craigh na Dun into a world two hundred years in the past. In 2014, STARZ brought this epic to television and captured the imagination of many fans old and new.

This pattern was inspired by a pair of gauntlets the heroine wears during the first half of the season. Just as Claire Beauchamp Randall must adapt to her new surroundings, these stylish mitts are an adaptation. They are my attempt to remain true to the spirit of the original while making them a little sleeker and more practical.

These mitts are worked from the bottom up, to allow for a thumb gusset. The thumb gusset makes for a much more comfortable fit and grows organically from the knitting.

The cable band is knit on sideways, and is attached to the rest of the mitt as it is knit. An icord edge is formed as you knit, and is mimicked on the other side of the band.

This is a surprisingly stretchy pattern. The large is a comfortable fit on my 8 inch hand, but I can actually squeeze into a small. Medium will fit most women.

Sizing Note: If you wish to make your mitts longer, it is very easy to do. You could easily extend either the ribbing at the base, or do more rows of stockinette before beginning your thumb gusset.