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Muckle Mitts

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Darling Fingerless Mitts based on motif # 172 in my book 200 Fair Isle Motifs. When your hands are cold, but full mittens are too hot! Offered in three lovely color-ways, but I encourage you to make up your own. This pattern features an "afterthought" thumb, the kind of thumb often employed in folk knitting. The beauty of it, is you can keep on knitting in your colorwork pattern with hardly any interruption. Just work a few stitches on waste yarn, slip them back to the left hand needle and continue on your merry way. I show three versions, using three different yarns, each resulting a unique look and a slightly different gauge. All three will fit most women's hands. For larger or smaller mitts, change your needle size accordingly or use thicker or thinner yarn, there's lots of leeway here. You'll see I even mixed yarns with different fiber content, since I always hand wash my mittens, this should pose no problem. Bust that stash! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY able to use double point needles able to read a color work chart able to knit stranded color work in the round GAUGE 14 sts x 14 rounds = 2" 13 sts x 13 sts = 2'' SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 7 to 7 1/2 ' around and 7 to 7 1/2 " in length SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Worsted weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 or 3 colors
  • US size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
  • US size 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles

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Mary Jane Mucklestone is the author of three knitting books that focus on stranded colorwork knitting, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, 150 Scandinavian Motifs and Fair Isle Style. Her new book • Geo Knits: 10 Lessons and Projects for Knitting Stripes, Chevrons, Triangles, Polka Dots, and More • is a great beginning knitting book that uses geometric shapes for learning basic concepts. Mary Jane absolutely loves to teach, specializing in lively, fun and informative classes and she feels honored to be a Craftsy Instructor. She travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft so she can share all she learns with you, her favorite students! Follow her adventures at and as mjmucklestone on Instagram!