The Political Process by Jen Gall

The Political Process

June 2012
Romney pin-drafted roving (handspun)
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
One size fits most
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

FOR THE ORIGINAL, ENGLISH VERSION OF THIS PATTERN, please go to this page on Knitty.

Please note: the Ravelry download will get you the Italian translation of the pattern. For the full pattern in English, including pictures, please click the link to the pattern on

Thanks so much to Elena (trappy) for translating my pattern into Italian!

The cable in these fingerless mitts reminds me of politics: sometimes candidates swing to the left or right to appeal to their constituents, sometimes they swing to the center…

Okay, actually, lofty platitudes about politics were not the inspiration for these mitts. My real inspiration came from a pun and a wild hare. I’d been reading about the sheep breed Romney, and I got it into my head that I wanted to spin some Romney and knit some mitts, thus creating “Mitts Romney.” The fact that I didn’t care for the candidate Mitt Romney did not deter me from my goal, and as I spun the yarn and planned and knit the mitts, I kept chuckling to myself about my little joke.

The fiber was beautiful, hearty, natural pin drafted roving. I spun it long-draw to get the most loft from it that I could, and I ended up with snuggly but lightweight armwarmers that I can’t wait to wear to keep away the fall chill.

NOTE: If you printed the charts before July 2012, please note the following errors that were present:

  • On the left hand chart, rows 9 and 10 should both start with a purl.

  • On the right hand chart, rows 25 and 26 should both start with a purl.

Thanks so much to PreservationGal for noticing the error.