Octopus Mittens by Emily Peters

Octopus Mittens

30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette in hand pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
280 - 320 yards (256 - 293 m)
8.5 inch circumference and 9 inches tall
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Octopus Mittens are a pair of stranded colorwork mittens.

The mittens are 8.5 inches around (measured above the thumb) and 9 inches tall (1.5 inches of cuff and 7.5 inches in hand). They fit a medium-sized woman’s hand, 7.5 inches around and 7 inches from the base of the palm to the tip of the fingers. Directions are given in only one size. Resize mittens by changing gauge appropriately.

This is an intermediate colorwork project. It involves many long floats, a non-repetitive pattern, and a design that wraps around the palm and thumb.

The colorwork directions are given in chart form.

The pattern calls for equal amounts of two colors -- approximately 150 yards of each. This is just barely more than half a skein of each color in Sanguine Gryphon Traveller. The Sanguine Gryphon no longer exists, but the Traveller yarn is available from its children and sister companies: the Verdant Gryphon, Cephalopod Yarns, and Dragonfly Fibers (Dragonfly fibers lists Traveller as a “light worsted” yarn and not a DK, but it is still the same yarn).

Left-handed knitters:
If you knit from left to right, the charts as written will not work for you! Instead, purchase the pattern as usual and then contact me (PM or email) for the left-handed charts.