A Little Touch of Irish by Jennifer Shiels Toland

A Little Touch of Irish

Knitting
March 2018
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 2Β½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
120 - 177 yards (110 - 162 m)
Two sizes - Small (Medium - Large)
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A Little Touch of Irish - 2 Mitts patterns for the price of 1 !

I was in The Hague with a friend. I dragged her into a yarn shop in search of some new yarn, hopefully with a Dutch connection. Instead of anything Dutch, I come out with a green tweed Danish yarn that’s spun and dyed in Ireland! It was meant to be.

There are two Little Touch of Irish patterns: a quickly knitted pair of fingerless mitts, and a pair of finger-full mittens ;) The simple fingerless mitts knit up so fast that you’ll be making them for everyone. Both contain an ancient cable stitch that is found in many Aran sweaters from the west coast of Ireland. This pattern gives you an introduction to this traditional Irish cable knitting.

Both mitts are knit in the round, with an after-thought thumb, using a fingering weight yarn. The fingerless mitts are shown in Isager Tweed, and the full mittens in S-Twist Wool, a completely 100% Irish yarn, sourced from Irish sheep fleece.

Which style you will want to knit, I leave to you. Have fun!
Happy Knitting!

SIZE
Fingerless Mitts
Sizes: Small (Medium - Large)
Finished Length: 18.5cm / 7.25 ” – both sizes.
Finished Circumference: 19 (20.5)cm / 7.5 (8)” Measurements with relaxed fabric after blocking.

Full Mittens
Sizes: Small (Medium - Large)
Finished Length: 24 (26)cm / 9.5(10.25)”
Finished Circumference: 19 (20.5)cm / 7.5 (8)” Measurements with relaxed fabric after blocking.

MATERIALS
Yarn:
Fingerless Mitts
110 (120)m/ 121 (132)yds of fingering weight yarn with good stitch definition.
Shown in Isager, Tweed (50g, 200m/ 219yds), 1 skein of Lime.

Full Mittens
149 (162)m/ 164 (178yds) of fingering weight yarn with good stitch definition.
Full mittens shown in S Twist Wool Sock (100g, 300m/328yds), 1 skein of Natural White.

Tools:
3.0mm/US 2.5 and 3.25mm/US 3 Double pointed needles or equivalent circular needle, for your preferred method of knitting in the round. Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge, noting that the larger of the two needles should be 0.25mm / 1 US needle sizes larger than the smaller when gauge is met.
Stitch Markers.
Removable Markers.
Waste yarn.
Cable needle
Tapestry/Darning needle.

GAUGE
26 sts x 36 rnds = 10 x 10cm/ 4 x 4” in stocking stitch pattern knit in the round, and blocked.