Basilico Mitts by Anna Pack

Basilico Mitts

Knitting
October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
43 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
273 yards (250 m)
One size
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Featuring twisted stitches in stripes of two colours, knitted in the round, these mitts are inspired by the striped architecture of Italian churches such as the Duomo of Orvieto. The warmer version (green) uses Tukuwool Fingering whilst an alternative version (pale blue) uses Lyonesse 4 ply by Blacker Yarns containing linen, which is ideal for cool spring/summer evenings.

March 2019 update: a co-ordinating Basilico Cowl pattern has been released. Buy both patterns together for a reduced price of £5.

Yarn
Tukuwool fingering 100% Finnish wool (195m/213yd per 50g skein):
1 skein 03 Auri
1 skein H23 Selja

OR

Blacker Yarns Lyonesse 4 ply (175m/190yd per 50g ball):
1 ball Moonstone
1 ball Aquamarine

Yarn substitution:
The following approximate quantities of a similar fingering weight yarn may be used (quantities may vary depending upon gauge and type of yarn):
A – 110(125)m/120(135)yd
B – 110(125)m/120(135)yd

Needles and Notions
3mm/US 2.5 (or size required to obtain gauge) preferred needles for small diameter knitting. The twisted stitches may be easier to work using needles with sharp points. Stitch marker, stitch holder or waste yarn, tapestry needle for finishing.

The pattern may be worked using a set of double-pointed needles, or long circular needle using the magic loop method.

Gauge
43 sts and 38 rounds to 10cm/4in, after wet-blocking, across colourwork pattern. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Measurements
Two sizes: length 16cm/6.5in, palm circumference 19.5(21.5)cm/8(8.5)in. The smaller mitts are shown on a hand with palm circumference 19cm/7.5in.