October Leaves Fingerless Mitts
UPDATE FEB 2010:
I have totaled up the numbers for January and I’m so pleased to announce that together we raised $285 dollars for Doctors Without Borders. Thank you, everyone who bought the pattern during January, and thank you Casey and Ravelry for the outpouring of support! Hopefully this little bit will help MSF/DWB help Haiti.
Autumn calls for just a little bit of warmth while you’re picking apples, raking leaves, and comparing FOs at Rhinebeck. These mitts are designed for just that, with paired falling leaves growing out of a simple bittersweet vine into an elegant thumb gusset, and a matching cable tracing the edge of the hand for balance. You can start these on Friday evening and have them done in time to wear to work on Monday morning.
You can knit this in any fingering weight yarn. The samples were knit in Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in Pumpkin (solid) and Pagewood Farm Chugiak Hand Dyed Sock Yarn in Fabulous Fall (variegated), and each used approx. 220 yards. If you want to make your mitts longer or wider, you should probably buy extra yarn.
This pattern is recommended for advanced beginners. You should be comfortable with knitting in the round, cables, using charts, and basic lace – or be looking for a project to learn them on!