Aotearoa Mitts by Sabine Kastner
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Aotearoa Mitts

June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 32 rows = 2 inches
in Garter stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
208 - 262 yards (190 - 240 m)
S/M, L
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Many years ago, when travelling through New Zealand and admiring the ever-changing sky, I discovered my love for the colours and shapes of clouds. Coincidentally, the contemporary name of the Maori people for their country is “Aotearoa”, literally meaning “The Long White Cloud”.

Aotearoa mitts feature a stitch and colours that remind me of fluffy cumulus clouds.They are constructed in an unusual way, with a decorative flap that shapes the upper part of the hand and defines the thumb hole when folded over. Light, elegant, and adorned with pretty buttons, these mitts will complement your evening wardrobe on one of those cool spring or autumn evenings and keep your wrists and forearms warm.

Measurements (unstretched) for sizes S/M and L:
Cuff: 14 cm/5½’’ (17.5 cm/7’’)
Hand circumference (including thumb): 20 cm/8’’ (23 cm/9’’)
Length: 25 cm/10’’
To be worn with negative ease.

Skills required: This is an intermediate pattern, requiring knitting and purling flat and in the round, working yarn overs, increases and decreases.
The pattern includes both charts and full written instructions.

Thank you to chocolatekate, EleanorGang, equestrianerd, kimmyz, lucy-and-company, Readerfreek, sarahsthreads, woolangel, thestitchinwench and yukachan08 for test knitting and providing very helpful suggestions, and to JoEmy for tech editing.