San Donato Mitts by Anna Pack

San Donato Mitts

Knitting
February 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
2.5 mm
215 yards (197 m)
One size
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Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, with corrugated rib and a steeked thumbhole, these mitts are inspired by a twelfth century mosaic pavement in the Basilica of Santa Maria e San Donato on the Venetian island of Murano. An ideal small project for learning how to create a steek (in conjunction with online tutorials). A matching hat is also available.

Buy both the San Donato Hat and Mitts patterns together for a special combined price of £5.

Yarn
Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift 100% wool (105m/114yd per 25g ball):
1 ball Granite (MC)
1 ball Moorgrass (CC1)
1 ball Grouse (CC2)

Yarn substitution:
The following approximate quantities of a
similar fingering weight yarn may be used:
MC – 105m/114yd
CC1 – 55m/60yd
CC2 – 37m/40yd
Quantities may vary depending upon gauge and type of yarn used. Due to the use of steeking, a yarn which felts easily is recommended.

Needles and notions
3mm/US 2.5 (or size required to obtain gauge) preferred needles for small diameter knitting.
2.75mm/US 2 (or one size smaller than gauge needle) preferred needles for small diameter knitting, 25cm/10in length).
2.5mm or 2.75mm crochet hook for steek reinforcement (or one or two sizes smaller than gauge needle).
Small amount of strong fingering weight yarn for reinforcing steek, sharp scissors for cutting steek, stitch marker, tapestry needle for finishing.
The pattern may be worked using a circular sock needle (25cm/10in length), set of double-pointed needles, or long circular needle using the magic loop method.

Gauge
33 sts and 40 rows to 10cm/4in, after wet blocking, across stranded colourwork sections of Charts 1 & 2 using larger needles.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge. Needle size can be adjusted for a looser gauge in order to produce mitts for larger hands, however this will require more yarn than stated.

Measurements
One size: length 21cm/8.5in, circumference 21cm/8.5in.
The mitts are shown on a hand with palm circumference 19cm/7.5in with approx 2cm ease but will fit larger hands with less ease.

Skills Required
The pattern uses stranded colourwork, requiring the anchoring of longer yarn floats at the back of the work. Steeking is used to create the thumbhole after knitting the mitt in the round as a tube of fabric. Other techniques include German twisted cast-on and corrugated ribbing. Links are available on my blog to explain these techniques. Knowledge of backward loop cast-on method is assumed.

Pattern is both written and charted. Thankyou to Karen Butler for tech editing this pattern.