Octopoda by Kate Schimmer

Octopoda

Knitting
November 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Background Stranded Colorwork
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
364 - 923 yards (333 - 844 m)
Small/Medium, Medium/Large
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Pattern & Construction Notes:
The left and right mitts are identical, and make the complete octopus across both forearms with palms held up. Designed to keep your hands cozy in the sub-Artic temperatures of your office in July, the Octopoda are slightly slouchy and provide full coverage from the elbows to your first knuckle.

Each mitt is worked in the round from the bottom up, from a knit two, purl one cuff one and a half times as many stitches as the pattern. The final round of the cuff decreases the purls via k2tog; except for the final purl stitch, which remains as a seam. The thumb split is worked using a modified phalangees technique; as is the split between the front and back fingers.

The Small/Medium and Medium/Large charts are different for the first 50 rows; and then a single chart makes the wrists and palms for both sizes.

Suggested Yarn & Gauge:
Small/Medium
Malabrigo Sock Yarn, 1 skein Caribeno 474 (mc)
KnitPicks Stroll Sock Yarn, 1 skein Dove Heather / 25023 (cc) or

KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn
1 skein Pacific / 26140 (mc)
1 skein Dutchess Heather / 25494 (cc)

45 st, 40 rows = 4” in k2, p1 ribbing
34 st, 34 rows = 4” in background stranded colorwork pattern

Medium/Large
Malabrigo Sock Yarn, 1 skein Caribeno 474 (mc)
KnitPicks Stroll Sock Yarn, 2 skein Dove Heather / 25023 (cc) or

KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn
1 skein Pacific / 26140 (mc)
2 skein Dutchess Heather / 25494 (cc)

40 st, 36 rows = 4” in k2, p1 ribbing
32 st, 32 rows = 4” in background stranded colorwork pattern

For larger sizes, the S/M pattern can be worked in DK yarn; or the M/L pattern can be worked at larger sizes. More rows can be added to the bottom of the mitts as well, if you’d like a slouchier pair.

Needles & Notions
Small/Medium: US size 0 / 2mm
Medium/Large: US size 1 / 2.5mm
or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Waste yarn, for holding thumb & middle finger stitches
Stitch markers, if desired, to mark k2fabs in rows 88 & 102 (place in rows 87 & 101, before & after lli, rli)