Taggart Lake by Sloane Rosenthal

Taggart Lake

Knitting
September 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in slipped-stitch pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
100 - 120 yards (91 - 110 m)
Adult S/M (M/L); 7 (8)” / 18 (20.5) cm circumference, 6.25” / 16 cm length.
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The Taggart Lake mitts are one of nine patterns in Independent Fabrication: Volume 2, a collection of accessory patterns in small-batch yarn. The print + eBook bundle is currently available for pre-order from Tightly Knit and Sandreed Press; the individual patterns and eBook-only options are available on Ravelry.

A rhythmic slip-stitch pattern gives warmth, density, and downright squishiness to these small-but-effective mitts, worked in White Barn Farm’s aptly-titled Heaven Aran, a Cormo-Alpaca-Silk blend. Despite their short length, these mitts are cozy and opulent. An optional tubular cast on and bind offs add polish to the finished edges. They make a great travel project and a super speedy knit, so you can keep a pair in your handbag to take the chill off a frigid morning and still squeeze in a second pair-in-progress!

Size
Adult S/M (M/L); 7 (8)” / 18 (20.5) cm circumference, 6.25” / 16 cm length.

Yarn
White Barn Farm Heaven Aran (80% New York Cormo wool, 10% Alpaca, 10% silk, 186 yards / 176 meters per 100 grams), 1 skein, or approximately 110 yards / 100 meters of aran-weight wool yarn.

Gauge
20 sts and 40 rnds per 4” / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern on larger needles, after blocking.

Needles
One long (32” / 80 cm or longer) circular needle (for magic loop), or 5 double-pointed needles, per knitter preference, in sizes US 6 / 4.0 mm and US 8 / 5.0 mm or size needed to obtain gauge, and two needle sizes smaller.

Notions
Stitch markers; tapestry needle; waste yarn for optional tubular cast on.

Skills Required
decreasing; increasing; picking up stitches; knitting in the round; small-circumference circular knitting using double-pointed needles or magic loop; optional tubular cast on and bind off

CONSTRUCTION NOTE
These mitts are knit in the round from cuff to fingers. A thumb gusset is worked in stockinette stitch simultaneously. The gusset is put on waste yarn and the remainder of the mitt is worked, after which stitches are picked up for the thumb.