Little Heart's Ease by Allison O'Mahony

Little Heart's Ease

April 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
140 - 202 yards (128 - 185 m)
Women’s sizes S [M, L]
low vision format available
This pattern is available for C$8.00 CAD
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A simple colourwork pattern adds interest, density, and warmth to this basic mitten silhouette. The contrast colour looks like little hearts, which reminded me of the tiny community of Little Heart’s Ease in Trinity Bay; Newfoundland is known for its quirky place names. Columns of slipped stitches add polish, forming faux side seams to hide the jog that naturally occurs when knitting stranded colourwork in the round. Requiring little yarn for the contrast colour, this quick knit is a great project for using up leftovers of your favourite yarns and colours.

Aran weight yarn in the following approximate amounts:

102 [123, 148] m/111 [135, 162] yd Main Colour (MC)
26 [31, 37] m/28 [34, 41] yd Contrast Colour (CC)

Shown in Briggs & Little Heritage (100% Wool; 197 m/215 yd per 113 g/4 oz skein) in colours Light Grey (MC) and Light Maroon (CC)

20 stitches & 26 rounds = 10 cm/4” in colourwork pattern

One set 4.0 mm needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)

*Either one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), two circular needles, or one long circular needle, as you prefer for small circumference knitting in the round.

Women’s sizes S [M, L] to fit 19 [21, 23] cm/7.5 [8.25, 9]” hand circumferences, measured at the widest part of the hand (i.e. around the base of the thumb)

Shown in size M on a 21 cm/8.25” hand circumference with 1 cm/0.5” negative ease

18 [20, 22] cm/7 [7¾, 8½]” finished hand circumference, after blocking

(see photos for schematic, and below for schematic measurements)

Stitch marker, smooth waste yarn or stitch holder, tapestry needle

2 out of 5

Colourwork pattern is both written and charted.

The LV version of this pattern has the following features:

  • Black text on white background
  • 24 point font (minimum for body text; some headers are slightly larger than this)
  • Sans serif monospaced font (Consolas)
  • No italics
  • Fully written directions (chart is included but not required)
  • All left-justified text
  • 2.54 cm/1” margins
  • Single column format
  • All images are captioned

(see photos for schematic)

A: Cuff circumference
: 13.5 [15, 17]/5¼ [6, 6¾]”

B: Hand circumference: 18 [20, 22] cm/7¼ [8, 8¾]”

C: Cuff length: 
7 cm/2¾”

D: Hand length: 
17 [19, 21.5] cm/7 [7¾, 8½]”

E: Thumb length
: 6 [6.5, 7] cm/2½ [2¾, 3]”

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