Sourwood Mountain

March 2009
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
246 yards (225 m)
Small, Medium, Large (shown in S)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

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Please note that all listed errata is corrected within the Ravelry download

The written instructions for Right Cuff Pattern has too many stitches on Row 12. This line should read:
Row 12 WS: P1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k1, p3, k5, p1, k1, p1.

Stitch Count on Hand:
Remember this: While you are working the thumb gussets the stitch count for the Leaf pattern on Needle 1 has increased! Rnds 18-31 of the Leaf pattern actually have 18 sts, so the stitch count for the thumb gusset rnds are off by 5. I copied this section for the Right Hand and pasted it below with the actual numbers. Apply the same stitch count numbers to the Left Hand.

Thumb Gusset:

  • Next Round: Work in pattern to end of Needle 1; k7, place marker, k1, M1R, M1L, k1, place marker, work in pattern to end. 54(58, 62) sts.

  • Increase Round: Work in pattern to first marker, k1, M1R, k to 1 st before second marker, M1L, k1, continue in pattern to end of round. 2 sts increased.

  • Repeat Increase Round 5(6, 7) times more. 66(72, 78) sts total. There are 16(18, 20) gusset sts between first and second markers.

  • Next Round: Work in pattern to first marker; remove marker, BO 16(18, 20) sts, removing second marker; continue in pattern to end. 50(54, 58) sts.

  • Next Round: Work in pattern to bound-off sts, pick up and k 1 st in first bound-off st and 1 st in last bound-off st, continue in pattern to end. 52(56, 60) sts.

Continue in pattern as set until Round 36 of Right Hand Pattern is complete.


“Chickens a crowin’ in the Sourwood Mountains; Hi-ho doodle-um a-day; So many pretty girls you can’t count em; Hi-ho diddle-um a-day” –Sourwood Mountain, Traditional American Folk Song.

The return of Spring and warmer weather often leads people to rush outside at their first chance. Festivals, concerts, and other outdoor gatherings begin popping up. While this is certainly a beautiful time to celebrate, it can still be chilly. As a performing musician Spring heralds the beginning of the busy season and sometimes hours of strumming and fiddling away while exposed to the elements. These gloves are inspired by the many performances I have spent wishing I had a little something for my hands. They are thin enough to allow movement, but just warm enough to help fend off that nip lingering in the air.

Sourwood Mountain is a traditional old-time American dance tune. Exact geographic origin is unknown, however, it usually appears in collections of southern mountain songs. Variations of this tune were collected by folklorists dating to the early 1900s spanning across North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri.

All three sizes of this glove may be completed with two skeins of yarn. However, if you extend the pattern, or wish to keep your gauge swatch, you will need a third skein for the largest size. The leaf pattern on the hand is worked across one needle for ease of keeping your place. If you find that the purls at the beginning and end this needle are showing ladders, try purling through the back loops of these stitches to pull them in.