Parliament of owls mitts by Lea Bronnenkant
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Parliament of owls mitts

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Knitting
February 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colorwork (for small/medium)
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m)
small/medium - medium/large

This pair of mitts features the cutest parliament of owls. They are made all in the round with a thumb gusset. The colorwork is charted only but the pattern contains a lot of written explanations about the structure of the mittens and how to use the charts.

Skill level: intermediate.

Techniques: knit/purl in the round, increase, stranded colorwork.

Yarn: Any fingering weight yarn. The sample was made in Katia Sweet Baby yarn. But any sock yarn will work fine too. I suggest either wool or acrylic, cotton or bamboo won’t stretch as much. Make sure there is enough contrast between main color and contrasting color for optimal result.

Main color (MC): 100-150 yards.
Contrasting color (CC): 100-150 yards.

Sizes:
Small / Medium (S/M) = to fit 6.5 to 8” (16.5-20 cm) around hand.
Medium / Large (M/L) = to fit 8 to 9.5” (20-24 cm) around hand.

Gauge:
S/M: 32 stitches x 48 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stranded colorwork (size US 2/2.75 mm needles).
M/L: 28 stitches x 42 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stranded colorwork (size US 3/3.25 mm needles).

Needle sizes are a suggestion, always use the size that gives you gauge.
Note that stranded colorwork is not very stretchy.

Tools: Size US 2/2.75 mm or US 3/3.25 mm double pointed needles (or long circular needle if you prefer magic loop) or size to get gauge; tapestry needle; scissors; 2 stitch markers; stitch holder or small length of waste yarn.