Snowfall Mitts by Susan Rainey
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Snowfall Mitts

November 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1.25 mm
1.4 mm
100 - 120 yards (91 - 110 m)
Extra Small XS (5 ½ in.), Small S (6 in.), Medium M (6 ½ in.), Large L (7 in.), Extra Large XL (7 ½ in.)
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD buy it now

Beads as colorwork! That is what is unique about these mitts. Instead of using beads to add bling to a lace pattern, the beads are meant to replicate the beautiful gradient yarns that we all love. Larger beads are used for this reason. Using beads for the colorwork actually frees you from the confines of other types of color knitting. Unlike stranded knitting, you can use more than one color in a row. And it isn’t intarsia!

Techniques: The design is charted only. Knitting, purling, adding beads. You will need to use dpns for this project, or magic loop if preferred.

Beads Size 6 in three colors are added in two ways: the ribbing is knit with beads that you string onto the yarn prior to knitting. The snowflake beads are added using a crochet hook of size 1.25-1.4 mm (or whatever method, hook size works for you). Links to an on-line bead source are included for the beads used in the sample mitts.

Extra Small XS (5 ½ in.), Small S (6 in.), Medium M (6 ½ in.), Large L (7 in.), Extra Large XL (7 ½ in.)

Yarn Needed: 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) skeins; will use less than one skein

These are approximate finished sizes, meant to be worn with ~1 inch of negative ease. The ribbing tends to fit looser. Five sizes are included so you can adjust to your own yarn, gauge, and fit preferences.

There are two colorways shown for the mitts:

  • “Snowfall Ice Blue” (two blues and silver beads on Fresco Parchment)
  • “A Snowfall’s Chance in Hell” (red, orange, and gold beads on Swans Island Graphite)

If you plan on making the matching Snowfall Hat, purchase an extra skein, or two if making the largest size.

When you purchase both the Snowfall Hat and Snowfall Mitts patterns, you will receive them for the discounted price of $10.00.