Seshat Mittens by Jeanne Long

Seshat Mittens

December 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
231 yards (211 m)
Small(Medium, Large)
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In the ancient Egyptian pantheon, Seshat was the goddess of STEM. She invented writing, recorded all data worth remembering, and was known as the Mistress of the House of Books. She had charge of knowledge in general, and measurement and records in particular—including the fields of accounting, architecture, astronomy, building, mathematics, and surveying. She can be recognized by her seven-pointed emblem, which looks something like a starburst, and by her spotted robe—a pattern that evoked stars and eternity.

Our Seshat Mittens are designed for the modern scribe, who admires precision and craftsmanship but who has traded in her papyrus for a digital touchscreen. The optional fingertip and thumb openings give you quick and easy access to modern communication devices, without letting in too much cold air. The vent at the wrist lets you wear the cuff long or turned back, and the reversible starburst pattern shines no matter which side shows. The thumb is slightly inset from the edge of the mitten for a slim and comfortable fit. Worked in one skein of sumptuous yak-blend yarn, you’ll feel like the Mistress of Knowledge as you tap out your next email.

Construction: These mittens are worked from the cuff to the fingertips with a wrist vent and a thumb gusset. They are worked flat through the vent, then in the round. The thumb is worked in the round.

Special Features: The left and right mittens mirror each other.
One or both mittens can be worked with optional index finger and thumb openings, to touch electronics.

Sizing: 6.25(7, 8) inches around at the hand, unstretched. To fit 6-7(7-8, 8-9) inches around at the hand.

Yarn and Yardage: Why Knot Fibers Slack, 1 skein Ripple.

Needles: Size 4 U.S. (3.5 mm) needles for working in the round over a small number of stitches; or the size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 2 stitch markers; waste yarn or stitch holders; and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Instructions: The pattern includes fully written-out instructions.

Techniques Used: Knit, purl, slipped stitches, basic decreases, basic increases, working in the round.

As Modeled: Shown here is the medium size.

Special Thanks: To math-magical women everywhen. Mistresses of Knowledge unite!