My Sense of Direction Mitts by Knit Equals Joy Designs

My Sense of Direction Mitts

July 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in charted stranded pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
200 - 300 yards (183 - 274 m)
Ladies' Medium
Flag of English English
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One day after work, I showed a fingerless mitt I was working on to a couple of coworkers. One of them asked drolly, “How do you know which hand the mitt goes on?” I was of course thinking that it’s worn so that the design is on the back of your hand. His next question: “Why don’t they put left and right on mittens so you know which hand to wear them on?” Immediately I wondered whether there existed any patterns indicating left and right.

Racing home, I went online and looked at the existing patterns. There may have been just one children’s pattern with left- and right-hand labels at that time. I was so surprised that there weren’t more! This design is the result of that discussion.

This pattern is charted so that motif is centered on back of hand and includes charts for both upper and lower case L and R.

Skills Needed: Working with two colors; working in the round; reading colorwork charts; cable cast-on; trapping floats; increasing; decreasing; backward loop cast on.

Width approx. 7½” (19 cm); length approx. 7½” (19 cm). Size can be adjusted by using larger or smaller needles and gauge.