Erna Jansons's No. 51 Mitten by Mary Germain
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Erna Jansons's No. 51 Mitten

Knitting
December 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28.5 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in fingering-weight yarn on size 2 needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1046 yards (956 m)
7.25 inches (18.4 cm) inner liner circumference, 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) outer circumference, and 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) long

My connection to Erna Jansons began in 2005, shortly after she published her book Latviešu Cimdu Raksti Latvian Mitten Designs. The book contains one hundred mitten designs by this lovely and clever Latvian woman, with her handpainted illustrations of each mitten. The colors and motifs of this pair of mittens are based on Design No. 51.

A knitted lining makes the pair comfortable and wonderfully warm to wear. A picot turning edge defi nes the bottom of the colorwork outer mitten and separates it from the inner hem and lining. In traditional Latvian fashion, the mitten has a peasant thumb, and the pattern continues to the tip of the thumb and the tip of the mitten.

Designer Mary Germain

Finished Size 7.25 inches (18.4 cm) inner liner circumference, 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) outer circumference, and 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) long

Yarn Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering Weight, 100% wool yarn, fingering weight, 310 yards (283.5 m)/50 gram (1.8 oz) ball, 1 ball of #131F Lemon Grass (A); Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport Weight, 100% wool yarn, sportweight, 184 yards (168.2 m)/50 gram (1.8 oz) ball, 1 ball each of #110S Blueberry (B), #131S Lemon Grass (C), #401S Pewter Green (D), and #N91 Aran (E); www.brownsheep.com

Needles Needles, set of five double pointed size 2 (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions Market; Stitch holder; Tapestry needle

Gauge 28.5 sts and 42 rnds = 4 inches (10.2 cm) with fingering-weight yarn on size 2 needles; 34 sts and 38 rows = 4 inches (10.2 cm) with sportweight yarn in two-color knitting on size 2 needles