Scrap Yarn Beasties by Marit Trudvang

Scrap Yarn Beasties

November 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch (blocked)
US 0 - 2.0 mm
328 - 383 yards (300 - 350 m)
Women's medium, but can be adjusted.
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A fun project designed to use up leftover bits of fingering weight yarn.
These fine gauge mittens are constructed like Norwegian Selbu mittens, with a thumb gusset and a pointed tip. The cuff and main body have rows of deer, birds, monkeys, goats, and lions, and the thumbs are guarded by a pair of barking dogs.

If you knit according to gauge, the size will be women’s medium.
Measurements: circumference: 22 cm/8.6”; length: 27 cm/10.6”.
The size of these mittens can be adjusted by choosing thicker or thinner needles and yarn.

Scraps of fingering weight yarn, for example Rauma Finull (100% wool, 175 m/191 yards/50 g): about 300 meters/325 yards in total.

Needles and notions:
• Set of 5 double pointed needles, 2.0 mm (US 0),
or size needed to get gauge
• A bit of scrap yarn or a stitch holder
• Tapestry needle

38 stitches and 42 rounds = 10 cm/4” (stranded stockinette, steam blocked) for medium size.

Skills used:

  • Cast on with long tail method

  • Knitting in the round on double pointed needles

  • Simple eyelet knitting

  • Stranded colour knitting

  • Increases and decreases

  • Backward loop method for casting on new stitches over the thumbhole (video explanation here or here)

  • Picking up stitches around the thumb hole