Heartwarming Mitts by Josefin Waltin

Heartwarming Mitts

Knitting
September 2019
Dual-coated wool
2-ply (spun S and plied Z)
Sport (12 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in twined St st on smaller needles
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
220 yards (201 m)
6¾ " wrist circumference and 6¾ " tall
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This pattern is available from spinoffmagazine.com for $9.99.

When I ride by bike to work during the winter in Stockholm, I need woolen handcoverings that are strong and durable but also keep my hands warm and dry. Twined knitting makes a sturdy fabric that
will last forever, especially if you use a fiber that has an outercoat for strength and undercoat for softness and warmth.

For my Heartwarming Mitts, I used lamb’s wool from Värmland sheep in a subtle mother-of-pearl shade with honey-dipped tips. Värmland, a Swedish landrace, has the strong outercoat and soft undercoat I wanted for twined handcoverings. A double-coated Shetland would also be a good choice, or you could blend fiber from two breeds for the same effect, such as Finn for warmth and softness and Lincoln for strength.

Fiber 7 oz dual-coated wool.

Yarn 2-ply (spun S and plied Z); 220 yd; 910 ypp; 14 wpi; sportweight.

Needles U.S. sizes 1½ (2.5 mm) and 2½ (3 mm): set of double-pointed needles (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Marker (m); contrasting yarn (CC) for CO; stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Gauge 38 sts and 34 rnds = 4” in twined St st on smaller needles.

Finished Size 6¾ “ wrist circumference and 6¾ “ tall.