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Squirrel Sampler Mittens

Knitting
December 2009
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 1 inch in stranded colorwork
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
XS (S, M, L) Adult
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Inspired by a Quaker child’s cross stitch sampler from the late 1700s, these mittens are particularly suited to rustic, tweed, and mottled yarns that lend a sense of age to the finished product. The design is sparse and simple yet delicate and whimsical. The 2–strand braid adds texture while keeping the design spare. A picot hem is a dainty touch and may be substituted with a plain turned hem for more rustic types. These mittens are fully lined.

REQUIREMENTS
It is expected that you know how to knit in the round and are familiar with placement of stitches on your needles of choice. Be familiar with the long-tail and backward loop cast–ons, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, working from charts in the round, and stranded knitting.

SIZE
Adult XS (S, M, L)

TO FIT
7.5” (8”, 8.5”, 9”) hand circumference, measured around palm above and not including thumb. If you are between sizes, knit the larger size.

ACTUAL MEASUREMENT
Approx. 8” (8.5”, 9”, 9.5”) in circumference.

GAUGE
Outer: 9.5 (9, 8.5. 8) sts. per inch in pattern.
Lining: 9 (8.5, 8, 7.5) sts. per inch.

NEEDLES
2 (2.25, 2.75, 3.25)mm / 0 (1, 2, 3)US.
Pattern may be knit on double points, a long circular for magic loop, or on 2 circulars. Pattern is sized by gauge change.

NOTIONS
Stitch marker, waste yarn, tapestry needle.

YARN
Outer: Harrisville New England Shetland - 197 yards/180 meters per 50 gram skein - 1 (1, 2, 2) skeins Pearl- MC and 1 (1, 1, 1) skeins Cocoa - CC.
This yarn is also packaged as an oiled weaving yarn in a 900 yard/822 meter, 8 oz. cone called Harrisville Shetland. My testers and I all used this put–up, straight from the cone, washing the mittens thoroughly in hot water and shampoo to remove the oil. If you use the yarn in this
put–up, you need one cone of each color and you‘ll have plenty left over.

Lining: Misti Alpaca Lace Canada - 437 yards (meters) per 50 gram skein - 1 skein CD42 Blue Mist Melange for all sizes. Lining yarn is held
single for the two smaller sizes and double for the larger two.

SUPPLEMENT
Included pattern supplement has all numbers charted and extra blank charts so that date may be replaced, and Pamela Wynne’s Wee Twee Tiny Acorn Tutorial, also available here on Ravelry.

Through January 31st, 50% of the sale price of this pattern was donated to Doctors Without Borders for their work in Haiti. I’ll keep everyone up to date on how much has been raised, both here and on Twitter (helloyarn). Thank you!

Made first donation on January 21- $249.90.
Made second donation on Jan. 29- $351.05.
Final donation was $104.12 for a whopping total of $705.07.