Mucklemuff by Kate Davies Designs


January 2012
Aran (8 wpi) ?
4 stitches and 5 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette / colourwork
US 9 - 5.5 mm
280 yards (256 m)
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In Scots, “muckle” is an emphatic expression meaning much, or large, and this cosy colourwork skater’s muff is “muckle” in these senses. The name of this design is also a shout-out to Mary-Jane Mucklestone: the colourwork pattern I have used here is no.172 in her book 200 Fairisle Motifs - an invaluable tome which should be on every knitter’s bookshelf. Thanks for the inspiration, Mary-Jane!

construction notes:
You begin by casting on provisionally, knitting half a lining, working from the chart, then knitting the other half of the lining. Most of the lining sts are then grafted together; the gap between the lining and the ‘outer’ is stuffed with roving; and the final sts grafted closed. Finished with icord edgings, wrist-loop, and optional strap, the resulting mucklemuff is sure to keep your hands warm whatever the Winter weather!

You’ll need 2 skeins of Artesano Aran and some roving / combed tops to use for stuffing. The sample uses Artesano Aran shades ‘pine’ (c853) and ‘deep purple’ (3518)