Pinwheel by Veronik Avery

Pinwheel

Knitting
June 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in circular stranded colorwork from chart with size A needle(s), after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
350 - 475 yards (320 - 434 m)
Mittens (one size): 7¼" circumference at palm; 8½" length from cuff to tip; Hat: Small (Large); to fit 2-4 years (6-10 years); 17¼ (20½)" circumference; 6¼ (6¾)" length (not including earflaps)
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Get ready for winter fun with bright, warm mittens and a matching cap. The Pinwheel set can be customized to any taste—work it in a binary palette or go exuberant with a paintbox of hues; add cords and pompons to snug the cuffs and decorate the hat or keep them simply unadorned. The mittens are given in a single child’s size; the hat pattern is written in small and large children’s sizes. Knit in Loft and charted separately for two colors or five colors, Pinwheel is a good choice for those new to stranded colorwork or for veterans with a stash of remnants to use up.


CONSTRUCTION

  • Hat is worked circularly from the bottom of the stranded colorwork portion upwards. 
  • Garter stitch brim is picked up from the stranded colorwork portion and worked down.
  • Twisted cords are added to each ear flap, and may be added to mittens’ cuffs.
  • Optional pom-poms may be added to the top of hat and to free ends of twisted cords.

MATERIALS
Version I (two colors):
Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
175 yards each of Colors 1 & 2 (C1 & C2)
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g):
1 skein each of C1 & C2
Photographed in colors Truffle Hunt (C1) and Sweatshirt (C2)

Version II (five colors):
Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
95 yards each of Colors 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 (C1, C2, C3, C4, & C5)
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g):
1 skein each of C1, C2, C3, C4, & C5
Photographed in colors Fossil (C1), Faded Quilt (C2), Thistle (C3), Sap (C4) and Truffle Hunt (C5)

GAUGE
28 stitches & 35 rounds = 4” in circular stranded colorwork from chart with Size A needle(s), after blocking

NEEDLES
Size A (for Main Fabric):
16” circular and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Cuffs and Brim):
16” circular needle and one set of DPNs two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3 mm (US 2½)

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS
Mittens (one size): 7¼“ circumference at palm; 8½” length from cuff to tip
Hat: Small (Large); to fit 2-4 years (6-10 years); 17¼ (20½)“ circumference; 6¼ (6¾)” length (not including earflaps)

SKILL LEVEL
4 of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.