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Peacock Mitts

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The Peacock Mittens are inspired by the gorgeous peacock fountains that abound in the designs of the California Revival. Work the mitts initially in intarsia, using only three colors: the base color, the base peacock color, and the base flower color. After the base piece is finished, block it, then work the duplicate stitch embroidery. Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and take your time! Start with the flowers; they're easier, and if this is your first time duplicate stitching, you'll get plenty of practice before starting the peacock. With the peacock, though you should be precise with the eye, beak, neck and legs duplicate stitching, you can use the chart as a guideline for the tail and body highlights and the feather embroidery. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Intarsia, eading, picot hems, provisional cast on, sewn hem. GAUGE US size 0 (2mm) or size to obtain gauge. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 8in / 20.5cm hand circumference, 9in / 23cm tall PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering

Recommended with this pattern

  • US size 0 (2mm) or size to obtain gauge.
  • Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering, 115 yds/ 28g, 2 skeins in Mioget (MC) and 1 ball each in the following colors: Violet (main color flowers) (IC), Denim (main color peacock body) (IC), Teal (peacock tail eye center) (DPC), Lichen (peacock tail eye outer color) (DPC), Aegean Sea (peacock body & wing details) (DPC), Pumpkin (peacock legs, beak) (DPC), Scarlet (peacock eye) (DPC), Periwinkle (edge flowers) (DPC), Moorit (tree branch) (DPC). Please note for the duplicate stitching you need less than 20 yards of each duplicate stitch color (DPC). Intarsia colors are noted by (IC).
  • Extra needle or waste yarn for provisional cast on, Tiny crochet hook for beading (size 10 or smaller), Yarn needle, Beads Size 6/0 for flower centers (18), peacock eye (2), and peacock feathers (22). Beads used from (approx 480 beads/tube); #s 656 & 612 for flowers, #404 for eyes, #721 for peacock feathers. I highly recommend purchasing more beads than this quantity to account for breakage, loss, etc. 24 small (1/4") pearl buttons. Buttons shown are JHB #11280. 24in / 60cm 1/2"grosgrain or velvet ribbon for trim, coordinating thread and sewing needle (optional)

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Stephannie is the author of <i>The Wild West Collection</i>, <i>California Revival Knits</i> and <i>Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock</i>. She also teaches Aran Lace Knitting in the Aran Lace DVD & Aran Lace Online Class from Interweave Knits. She talks about Aran Lace in an episode in the upcoming season of Knitting Daily. Her favorite type of knitting is colorwork...and cables...and lace...and twisted stitches. Yep, no favorite! She's inspired by nature, architecture, and pop culture (she's a self-avowed movie geek). Find her at or as StephCat on Ravelry.