Fond Mittens by Natalie Warner

Fond Mittens

Knitting
December 2020
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Basket Weave Pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
179 - 269 yards (164 - 246 m)
To fit hand circumference, above thumb: 15 (18, 21, 24) cm [6 (7, 8¼, 9½) in]
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Cosy mittens in a cable and rib basket weave pattern - knitted flat for minimum purling!

This is the second pattern in Something to Knit Together Winter Edition – a collection of patterns for cosy winter knitting with friends. Kits to accompany the patterns in this collection are available from our online shop, and include free worldwide shipping.

Sizes
Small (Medium, Large, XL)
To fit hand circumference, above thumb: 15 (18, 21, 24) cm [6 (7, 8¼, 9½) in]
Mitten circumference, above thumb: 15 (18, 21, 24) cm [6 (7, 8¼, 9½) in]
Mitten length from cuff to fingertip: 30 (30, 31.5, 31.5) cm [11¾ (11¾, 12¼, 12¼) in]
Cuff circumference: 13 (17, 17, 21.5) cm [5 (6¾, 6¾, 8½) in]
Shown in size Medium on hand circumference 19cm [7½in].

Yarn
Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Something to Knit With Aran (aran weight; 70% highland wool, 30% superfine alpaca; 82m per 50g skein)
Ginger; 2 (3, 3, 3) x 50g skeins

Needles and Notions
1 pair 4.5mm needles
1 pair 5mm needles
Cable needle; Tapestry needle

Tension
20 sts and 28 rows to 10cm [4in] over Basket Weave pattern, using larger needles, after washing and blocking
22 sts and 31 rows to 10cm [4in] over Basket Weave Rib pattern, using smaller needles, after washing and blocking

Pattern notes
The mittens start with a strip of cable edging that forms the cuff. Stitches are picked up and knitted along the row-end edges of this strip. The rest of the cuff is worked in a cable and rib basket weave pattern. Increases are worked to create a thumb gusset, and then the hand stitches are left on a holder while the thumb is worked in garter stitch with stocking stitch ribs. The hand is then completed in broken rib and cable basket weave pattern, before the mitten is seamed together. The second mitten is worked in the same way, with mirrored patterning.

Special Techniques
Picking up stitches (photo and video tutorial)
Video tutorials relating to this pattern can also be found at acknitwear.co.uk/something-to-knit-together-winter-edition