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Modular Mittens

[geometric knits]
Knitting
August 2013
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
260 - 320 yards (238 - 293 m)
Adult or Teen by adjusting gauge.
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Have a hard time picking what pattern you’d like to wear? How about what you’d like to knit? Modular? Graphic? Iconic?

With this mitten chart, you don’t have to choose!

From houndstooth and argyle, to ivy and Greek keys, all of these motifs are recognizable at a glance. This chart is easy to memorize with short pattern repeats, but still varied enough to be fun to knit. The chart allows you the ability to customize your own repeats or stick to the guidebook!

These mittens can be knit in two colours as charted. More realistically, if you’re like me and you’ve got a lot of stashbusting to do, try changing both colours every time the pattern changes! The short repeats and indicated colour changes on the chart (look for the orange lines) make it super easy to use up those skein ends that have just enough that you don’t want to throw them out.

Size varies based on yarn and needle size used. This is a 64-stitch chart. For a 7” circumference hand, a 7.75” outer mitten should be knit to be lined comfortably. This mitten would need a gauge of just under 8 stitches per inch. Using sport weight yarn, one the needle sizes listed above should be close to this gauge.

As always, adjusting your gauge and yarn weight to fingering (10 sts/in for 6.5” circumference), DK (7 sts/in for 8.75” circumference), or worsted (6 sts/in for 9.5” circumference) allows this chart to fit almost everyone as desired.

Yardage requirements are for sport-weight yarn and exlude any yarn used for a liner: expect to add between 150-200 yards (about 50 grams) of heavy fingering weight to the posted range. 50 grams of MC and 40 of CC will be more than enough for this project.

Should you wish to line your fingerless mittens, simply follow the guidance as included in the pattern and then do a 3-needle bind off with stitches picked up from the second-last row of the outer mitten.

Disclaimer:
This mitten chart is not intended to be a complete pattern and is not recommended for beginners. Those without prior experience knitting Selbu-style mittens should consult some of the excellent tutorials available on Ravelry and YouTube. I suggest anchoring your floats every four to five stitches and adding a lining: a liner will form a loosely knit but stable layer of fabric to hold in heat while hide your colourwork floats. They’re truly the best of both worlds, and a great excuse to affordably use a luxury yarn!

This free pattern is provided for personal use only and remains the property of ampersand designs. The sale of items resulting from this pattern is prohibited without explicit consent in the form of a licensing agreement from the designer.