Homebody Mitts by Helen Stewart

Homebody Mitts

Knitting
November 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette with larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
99 - 153 yards (91 - 140 m)
Child (Adult)
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The Homebody Mitts are the 6th of 6 secret gift-knitting patterns in the Knitvent 2019 Collection! They coordinate with the Homebody Hat and Homebody Socks.

This time of year is often intense, with so many conflicting demands on our schedules. It can be especially challenging for us homebodies. The calendar fills up with parties and concerts, events and outings, shopping, chores, and a thousand errands that drag us away from the fireside and out into the wider world. And it’s all happening just when we instinctively feel a pull towards family and home. Beyond the practical demands, the emotions of the season are often complex. For many people, thoughts of home and the holidays can be bittersweet. When we start to feel as if it’s all a little too much, it’s important to have a calm and quiet place to return to, to regroup and recharge. Often, knitting is that place for me. It’s a portable retreat, a safe haven where I can rest my homebody soul even for a few quiet moments and a few thoughtful stitches.

The Homebody Mitts complete the Homebody trilogy of patterns, joining the matching Homebody Hat and Socks. These cuddly mitts are the perfect wristwarmers and are adaptable enough to be worn as armwarmers if you like. They make a lovely last-minute gift all on their own, but if someone is high up on the nice list this year you could knit a matching set of any two or all three patterns. Together they offer so many ways to keep your loved one warm this holiday season. The DK weight yarn and the mock cable stitch pattern and ribbing work together to make the Homebody Mitts extra plush and warm. The pattern includes two sizes and is easily adjustable if you want to make them longer or shorter.

Size
Child (Adult)

Finished Measurements
Child
Length: 23cm (9”)
Circumference: 16cm (6.5”)

Adult
Length: 29cm (11.5”)
Circumference: 20cm (8”)

Yarn
Adult:
Wren & Ollie Spin DK (100% Superwash Merino, 230m/252yds per 115g skein)
Colour: Peony

Actual Yarn Used:
Child:
45g or 90m/99yds of DK weight yarn

Adult:
70g or 140m/153yds of DK weight yarn

Needles
3.5mm (US 4), 80cm (32”) long circular needles for magic loop method or DPNs (or size to obtain gauge)

4.5mm (US 7) 80cm (32”) long circular needles for magic loop method or DPNs (or size to obtain gauge)

Notions
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Gauge
20 sts/28 rows = 10cm (4”) in stitch pattern in larger needles after blocking