Kifaru Mittens by Kino Knits
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Kifaru Mittens

Knitting
September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork pattern in the round (gauge differs for different sizes)
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
260 - 310 yards (238 - 283 m)
1 (2, 3, 4) to fit hand circumferences 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8)"/ 17 (18, 19, 20) cm
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD buy it now

$1 from the sale of every The Safari Mittens Collection will go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

While living in Kenya, it was always a bit of an adrenaline rush to spot a rhino in the wild. These animals radiate raw power, meaning I was both drawn to them and incredibly wary of getting too close, very aware that they could put on a burst of speed and flip my vehicle if they wanted. I chose to use a friendly version for my logo – and guess what? It’s the same guy on these mittens, named for the Swahili word for rhinoceros. Stress in Swahili words is always on the next-to-last syllable, so say it with me… “kee-FAR-oo.” Mix and match them with the Tembo Mittens for your own safari.

For tips for working stranded colorwork (particularly on DPNs), visit the Kino Knits YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovQCTmc-PP0&t=25s.

Sizes (to fit hand circumference, length from wrist to finger tip)

  • 1: 6.5”/17 cm, 7”/18 cm
  • 2: 7”/18 cm, 7.5”/19 cm
  • 3: 7.5”/19 cm, 7.5”/19 cm
  • 4: 8”/20 cm, 7.5”/19 cm

Yarn Requirements (includes 15% buffer)

  • 1: 130 yards/119 m each MC and CC
  • 2: 135 yards/123 m each MC and CC
  • 3: 140 yards/128 m each MC and CC
  • 4: 155 yards/141 m each MC and CC

Sample shown in size 3 in The Fiber Seed Sprout Sock, fingering-weight yarn (90% superwash merino, 10% nylon), 510 yds/466 m per 135 g, colorways Birch (MC) and Espresso (CC)

Needles

  • US 1/2.25-mm needles for knitting in the round (sizes 1 and 2);
  • US 2/2.75-mm needles for knitting in the round (sizes 3 and 4); or size needed to obtain gauge

Blocked Gauge for Sizes 1 and 2:
39 stitches and 40 rounds = 4”/10 cm in colorwork in the round.

Blocked Gauge for Sizes 3 and 4:
34 stitches and 40 rounds = 4”/10 cm in colorwork in the round

Tools

  • 3 stitch markers
  • stitch holders or waste yarn for the thumb
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

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