Plaid hands are glad hands, and these tartan mitts make the technique easy. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. The mitts complete the plaid set, made to match or in complementary colors.
The Tartania Mitts are available individually, or as part of the Hail, Tartania! ebook collection, which includes the cowl, hat and fingerless mitts for $10.00.
If you are using Malabrigo Merino Worsted, you should be able to make all three accessories with a total of 3 skeins, one in each color, if you use a different MC for each as in the sample photographs.
Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a chart and table for the plaid; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique.
Size: S (L): 6.75 (8)” circumference and 7 (8.75)” length; size S shown on 7” circumference hand.
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein each MC, CC1, and CC2, shown in MC Tortuga, CC1 Hollyhock and CC2 Cadmium; the sample used approximately 75 (95), 10 and 10 yards respectively.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 24” circular needle for Magic Loop, or dpns, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (1); Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 18 st and 26 rows/4” in stockinette stitch on larger needle; 18 st and 36 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Size S (L) plaid repeat of 10 (12) st and 12 (16) rows is 2.25 (2.5)” wide and 1.75 (2.25)” tall. Note that the mitts are worked at a tighter gauge than the matching cowl and hat.