Frost Boils Fingerless Mitts by Janelle Martin

Frost Boils Fingerless Mitts

October 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in over Chart C using larger needle, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
200 - 275 yards (183 - 251 m)
Small (Medium, Large)
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About this design: Sorted circles or “Frost Boils” occur during the process of soil heaving caused by the freezing and thawing cycle. Larger particulates tend to be pushed to the surface more frequently than smaller ones and then shifted to the outside where they remain, creating circles. Sorted circles have a border of stones surrounding a centre of finer material as shown in the inspiration photo below. For more information on this process and other effects of frost on limestone barrens, visit this very informative website -

If you wish to make the full set, you will need a second skein of the MC yarn and CC1 yarn. After finishing the Frost Boils Cowl and Frost Boils Boot Cuffs, there was still enough of CC2, CC3 and CC4 yarns left for these fingerless mitts.

Pattern is 10 pages. Charts for size small are on pages 5 & 6, medium are on pages 7 & 8, and large are on pages 9 & 10.

Skills Required:

  • Working with charts
  • Slipped stitches
  • Stranded colourwork
  • Duplicate stitch
  • Blocking

Finished Size: Small (Medium, Large)
Fits hand circumference (measured at knuckles): 7” (7.75”, 8.5”)/17.78 (19.69, 20.32) cm
Length: 11 (11.25, 11.75)”/27.94 (28.58, 29.85) cm

Other Tools:

  • Stitch marker (2)
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on charts/instructions).
  • Scrap yarn in contrasting colour
  • Blunt tip tapestry needle to duplicate stitch and weave in ends.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Yarn: 200 (235, 275) yards/183 (215, 251) meters of merino or wool sport weight yarn that knits up to 5.5 sts/inch.

For multi-colour version (Medium) as shown:
MC: Milk Chocolate
CC1: White Chocolate
CC2: Nougat
CC3: Cookies and Cream
CC4: Dark Chocolate

Shown In: Bare Naked Wools ‘Confection Sport’, (375 yards/343 meters; 100% Corriedale wool; 4.0 oz/115 grams per skein). 1 skein each in:
MC: Milk Chocolate
CC1: White Chocolate
CC2: Nougat
CC3: Cookies and Cream
CC4: Dark Chocolate

About the Collection:
During the summer of 2014, I traveled to Newfoundland, to the arctic coastal tundra region where the Vikings had the first European settlement in North America. Such gorgeous landscape! It’s inspired a collection focused around the landscape of this area of Newfoundland and its geological cousins in Iceland and coastal Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three places over the past 10 years. I find the remote and stark landscapes inspiring – nature has such beautiful lines and movement.

During my visit to Newfoundland’s Great Northern Penninsula (the location of the first Viking settlement in North America) inspiration struck quite quickly and before the week was out, I had the core ideas for the Northern Landscapes collection. This accessory collection of 30-40 pieces focuses on shawls/stoles, scarves, hats, and cowls. I knew right away that the beautiful, natural colours and textures of Bare Naked Wools paired perfectly with this landscape. The collection also features indie dyers, focusing on colours drawn from the three landscapes.

The collection will be released in three parts and will be available as ebooks or individual patterns. Part one was published in August 2015, part two was published in over 2016/17 and part three will be released in 2019.