Fade Out Mitts by Carolyn Lisle

Fade Out Mitts

October 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
230 - 252 yards (210 - 230 m)
Adult Small/Medium (Large/XL)
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The Fade Out Mitts are inspired by the joy of mixing sock yarn leftovers in a new and interesting way! These unconventional mitts are constructed thumb-first, including a gusset, then the hand is worked, followed by the fingers, and finally the wrist and cuff. Watch these mitts transform as you knit them from just a few stitches into something truly unique and beautiful!

Do you like this kind of unconventional construction? Check out the Fade Out Socks!

Pattern Description

These mitts are worked thumb-first. Although they are constructed unconventionally, they are shaped mostly using straightforward increases and decreases, along with a few sections of short rows. They are perfect for using mini-skeins or leftovers and letting your creativity run wild. No matter what fade you choose, these mitts will be truly unlike any others!

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round on double-pointed needles. There are links to video tutorials for many required techniques, such as German short rows, appropriate cast ons/bind offs, and Kitchener stitch. This pattern has no charts and is accessible to an intermediate knitter.

Yarn Requirements and Sizing

These unisex mitts are available in Adult S/M (L/XL) sizes, corresponding to hand circumferences of approximately 20 (22) cm / 7.87 (8.67) inches.

To set up a fade for these mitts, you will need to choose a central colour that works with three other colours that “branch off” from it. You will need approximately 20 m / 22 yards per section per mitt of the “branching” colours, plus 90 (110) m / 100 (120) yards of the central colour: 210 (230) m / 230 (250) yards total.

Don’t let the fade concept limit your creativity — try a self-striping yarn for the whole pattern, or use a solid central colour and wild combinations of remnants for the “branches”. There are endless possibilities!