Spice Trade Mittens by Janet Welsh Knits
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Spice Trade Mittens

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
10.5 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in stranded pattern, knit in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
Women's medium
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These mittens are inspired by the rich colours of the spices once used for commerce in the ancient spice trade. The motifs used are a tribute to patterns found within Middle Eastern art.

Degree of Difficulty
This pattern is suitable for an intermediate knitter with some experience working with charts and knitting in the round. Designer tips are provided for those who are new to stranded colourwork. The right and left hand mittens are identical with the same pattern on the top of the hand and the palm for each mitten.

Women’s medium

Techniques used in pattern:
• Stranded colourwork
• Knitting in the round
• Knitting from a chart
• Plain or two-colour cast on
• Latvian braid
• Increase stitches (make one left and make one right)
• Decrease stitches (Slip, slip, knit and knit two together)
• Kitchener stitch

Knit Picks Palette fingering weight yarn (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 231 yards/50 grams)
• 1 ball main colour (MC) in Semolina; 1 ball contrast colour (CC) in Masala

Needles: set of 5, 2.25 mm (US#1) double-pointed needles (DPNs); or one 2.25 mm (US#1), 100 cm (40 inch) long circular needle, if you prefer to use the Magic Loop method, or size needed to get gauge.

Tapestry needle for finishing.
Length of smooth, contrasting colour waste yarn to hold thumb stitches.

10.5 stitches and 11 rows/ 2.54 cm (1 inch) over stranded pattern, knit in the round.

Finished Measurements
19.4 cm (7.6 inches) circumference around fingers
30.5 cm (12 inches) from bottom of cuff to top of fingers; 20.5 cm (8 inches) from wrist to top of fingers

Note: This pattern uses 80 stitches around the wrist and the top of the hand.