Tendril Mittens by Fiona Oliver

Tendril Mittens

April 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stocking (stockinette) stitch in the round
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.5 mm
135 - 189 yards (123 - 173 m)
Adult (small, medium, large)
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Love the whole Tendril thing? Check out the matching Tendril Pouch for a quick fix of two-colour intarsia cables.

About this design
The botanical features of my Tendril Scarf have been echoed in these matching Tendril Mittens. These mittens are mirror opposites of each other, both having a lovely contrasting coloured tendril that weaves its way down the length of the hand before winding around the wrist and finishing in a garter stitch leaf.

Like the Tendril Scarf these mittens include a variety of interesting techniques including a top-down construction, invisible cast on, provisional cast on, two colour (intarsia) cables and i-cord bind-off.

The instructions are given for completion of the mittens using two circular needles. However, experienced knitters will be able easily adjust the pattern to suit using one long circular needle (magic loop technique) or 4-5 double-pointed needles.

Small To fit hand circumference of 16.5 cm/6 ½ in. Finished circumference equals 18 cm/7 in.
Medium To fit hand circumference of 18 cm/7 in. Finished circumference equals 19 cm/7 ½ in.
Large To fit hand circumference of 19 cm/7 ½ in. Finished circumference equals 20 cm/8 in.

The completed dimensions of the Tendril Mittens include 1 cm (½ in) of positive ease. The finished fabric is quite stretchy so if you prefer a snugger fit, you might want to go down a size, noting that you may need to adjust the length of the hand section and the thumb to match your own hand.

20 stitches x 26 rows over 10 centimetre (4 inch) in stocking (stockinette) stitch, knitted in the round using 4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) needles. A close match for tension is important for this pattern in order to ensure a good fit. Please move up or down a needle size and swatch one more time if your gauge does not match.

Small CC1=60.5 m/66.5 yds CC2=60.5 m/66.5 yds
Medium CC1=78 m/85.5yds CC2=78 m/85.5 yds
Large CC1=86.5 m/95 yds CC2=86.5 m/95 yds

You can use any yarn in the double knit (8 ply) to worsted (10 ply) range that knits to the tension gauge.

The demonstration mittens have been knitted with Cleckheaton California double knit (8 ply) 100% wool in the following colours.

CC1 = Fennel (colour 0018)
CC2 = Grey Scale (colour 5804)

Although listed on the ball label as a double knit (8 ply) yarn, this yarn is more like a worsted (10 ply) weight yarn as the yarn thickness is approximately 14 wraps per inch.

A pair of 4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) 61 cm/24 in circular needles.
Cable needle of a size to match the main needles (optional if you prefer to cable without a cable needle).
Worsted (10 ply) waste yarn for crochet provisional cast on.
4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) crochet hook for provisional cast on.
Tapestry/darning needle.
Stitch markers.

The Pattern
This pattern includes written instructions, charts, a schematic and links to video tutorials for most of the techniques used in the design.

Please send all questions to capitalKNITS@icloud.com.

Erratum 4-5-2015 - There is a small error in the instructions for setting up the thumb gusset on the RH mitten. Instead of reading “Transfer remaining st on LH needle to needle 1”, the correct instructions are “transfer the last stitch on the RH needle over to needle 1.” Please accept my apologies for this error. The pattern marked Version 1.1 May 2015 is the corrected version.