Red Cliff Mittens by Allison O'Mahony

Red Cliff Mittens

November 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Red Cliff colourwork pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
221 - 365 yards (202 - 334 m)
Child [Adult S, Adult M, Adult L]
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The Red Cliff mitts are as lightweight as they are warm. The stranded colourwork pattern creates a dense fabric that blocks out the wind, while the use of fingering weight yarn prevents them from being bulky.

The colourwork pattern is worked on both the palm and back of the hand, as well as across the thumb gusset. Because it is both vertically and horizontally symmetrical, it flows seamlessly up the outside of the thumb and cleverly down the inside of the thumb using a section of horizontally mirrored charts.

Child [Adult S, Adult M, Adult L] to fit 14 [16.5 ,19, 21.5] cm/5.5 [6.5, 7.5, 8.5]” hand circumference

Finished Dimensions
16.5 [19, 21, 23.5] cm/6.5 [7.5, 8.25, 9.25]” hand circumference (measured at knuckles), height is adjustable

Because of the dense colourwork pattern, these mittens do not have much stretch and are therefore intended to be worn with a small amount of positive ease. For the best fit, choose a size that is approximately 2 to 2.5 cm/0.75 to 1” larger than the wearer’s hand circumference.

Fingering weight yarn* in the following approximate amounts:
C1 (red): 151 [180, 211, 250] metres/165 [197, 231, 273] yards

C2 (grey): 51 [61, 70, 84] metres/56 [67, 77, 92] yards

*Shown in Tukuwool Fingering (100% Wool; 195 m/213 yd per 50 g/1.76 oz skein) in colours C1: Hohka (H20) and C2: Auri (03).

One set 2.75 mm/US 2 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge in Red Cliff colourwork pattern)
One set 2.25 mm/US 1 needles* (or two sizes smaller than needed for gauge)

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

36 stitches & 34 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Red Cliff colourwork pattern, after light wet blocking, on larger needles

3 stitch markers (including 1 unique for BOR), removable stitch markers (2 in different colours), tapestry needle

These mittens are knit in the round, beginning with a ribbed cuff. The rest of the mitt is worked in a stranded two-colour zigzag pattern. Thumb gussets ensure a great fit, and side marking stitches eliminate the jog that occurs when knitting stranded colourwork in the round.

Stranded colourwork patterns are relatively dense. As a result, these mittens are worn with less negative ease than plain knitted mittens. Be sure to select a size based on the sizing information given on this page.

Red Cliff colourwork pattern is charted only (no written instructions).

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