Fee-bee Mitts by Bonnie Sennott

Fee-bee Mitts

December 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
130 yards (119 m)
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The mitts are knit flat, then seamed at the side, with an opening left for the thumb. The first and last sts on each row are selvedge sts that are consumed during seaming. At the thumb opening, they roll inward, creating a smooth edge.

“Fee-bee” is a song of the chickadee, the state bird of Massachusetts, where I live. The lace pattern on the cuff of the mitts reminded me of bird tracks in snow, so I decided to name the mitts after the cheery, inquisitive chickadees who visit my bird feeders and bring me joy all winter long.

Finished (Blocked) Measurements:
7 inches/17.5 cm height by 7.25 inches/18 cm wide (before seaming, measured at widest point)

The mitts will stretch to fit hands up to approximately 8.5 inches/21.5 cm in circumference. For larger hands, try using DK weight yarn and larger needles; for narrower hands or for a child’s size mitt, try using fingering weight yarn and smaller needles.

--130 yds/119 m sportweight yarn. Sample shown was knit with Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport 65% merino, 20% silk, 15% yak; 325yd/297m per 100g skein, colorway: Wooden Shoe.
--US #5/3.75mm needles (for lace cuff)
--US #4/3.50mm needles (for hand) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
--Tapestry needle

25 sts/36 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch on smaller needle after blocking.

Techniques include knit, purl, increases and decreases, yarn overs, casting on, binding off, seaming.

Stitch patterns are provided in both written form and charts.