Aspen Grove Tam & Mittens by Justine Chenel Designs

Aspen Grove Tam & Mittens

January 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
325 - 350 yards (297 - 320 m)
Adult S (L)
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The Aspen Grove Tam & Mittens set is two patterns in one! Part of the Reno Rafter 7: The Nevada Collection, a collaboration with Jimmy Beans Wool, Reno Rafter 7 is Jimmy Bean’s Wool’s first-ever truly local yarn! Made with wool from Rafter 7 sheep raised by the University of Nevada, Reno; spun into yarn by Mountain Meadow Wool; dyed by hand at Madelinetosh; and for sale exclusively at Jimmy Beans Wool!

A cozy and elegant tam and mittens set with a cabled detail reminiscent of aspen leaves across a soft purl background. Inspired by the glorious groves of aspen trees that transform their leaves every autumn, turning the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and high desert of Nevada a stunning gold. This classic yet modern set knits up beautifully in squishy and wooly DK weight yarn.

Yarn: two skeins of Jimmy Beans Wool Reno Rafter 7, colorway Liquid Gold (100% Rafter 7 Merino Wool; 215 yds/196 meters per skein). Or approximately 175 yds/160 meters (200 yds/182 meters) of DK weight yarn for Tam, and approximately 150 yds/137 meters (180 yds/164 meters) of DK weight yarn for Mittens, in a multi-plied wool or wool-blend yarn.

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles or DPNs, or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 22 sts/32 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch on US size 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needles.

Notions: cable needle, yarn needle, stitch markers, stitch holder.

Finished sizes:
Tam: Adult S (L), approximately 18” (20”) / 45 (50) cm tam brim circumference, with approximately 2”-3” negative ease.
Mittens: Adult S (L) approximately 7.5” (8.5”) / 19 (21) cm finished hand circumference.

Pattern Notes:
Pattern includes instructions for both the tam and mittens, two patterns in one! Necessary Skills: knit and purl, working in the round, working cables, increases, decreases, reading charts. Instructions are provided in written and charted formats.