Building Blocks: Mittens by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Building Blocks: Mittens

September 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, broken ribbing, or stranded colorwork
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
220 yards (201 m)
7.25” (18.5 cm) hand circumference.
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Designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn, this #KWBuildingBlocks pattern is one of the only mitten patterns you’ll ever need! Laid out a little differently than our other Kelbourne Woolens designs, this pattern is a little more word-heavy and breaks down some of the intermediate-level techniques in order to make the knitting easy and enjoyable. The hope is that you not only learn something along the way, you end up with a fabulous pair - or pairs! - of mittens as well.

Three versions are designed in order of difficulty:
Mitten A is a simple pair of stockinette stitch mittens featuring a K1, P1 Ribbing at the cuff and “sore thumb” construction.
Mitten B has the same cuff and thumb construction as Version A, but is worked in a classic broken ribbing pattern.
Mitten C kicks it up a notch and features a classic Setesdal inspired stranded colorwork pattern.


Kelbourne Woolens Germantown (100% North American wool; 220 yds/100gm skein):
Mitten A / Stockinette Mitten: honey 708, 1 skein.
Mitten B / Broken Ribbing: jade 338, 1 skein.
Mitten C / Colorwork: rhododendron 609 (MC), and natural 105 (CC), 1 skein each.
20 sts + 27 rnds = 4” in St st on larger ndls, after blocking.
20 sts + 27 rnds = 4” in Broken Ribbing on larger ndls, after blocking.
20 sts + 27 rnds = 4” in Stranded colorwork on larger ndls, after blocking.
1 – set US 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs.
1 – set US 6 (4 mm) DPNs.
Check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly if necessary.
Stitch markers, darning needle.
Mitten C: Waste yarn.
7.25” (18.5 cm) hand circumference.
Mittens A and B: 10.5” (26.75 cm) length.
Mitten C: 10.75” (27.5 cm) length.
Mittens A and B: Knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.
Mitten C: Knitting, purling, decreasing, stranded colorwork from charts.

Photography by Linette Kielinski