Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Ermintrude fingerless mitts

Ermintrude fingerless mitts by Helena Callum

My Ermintrude fingerless mitts pattern has just been published on the p/hop website.

p/hop stands for pennies per hour of pleasure, and the p/hop website is a knitting fundraising programme for the charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Although patterns on p/hop can be freely downloaded, the idea is that once you've enjoyed using the pattern you return and make a donation. This can be done in pounds, US dollars or Euros here.

The Ermintrude pattern is for a pair of fingerless mitts with a patterned thumb, long decorative cuff and plain hand. The mitts have a peasant thumb and are worked, in the round, from cuff to fingers. They provide just enough warmth and add a cheerful splash of colour to an outfit.

The pattern includes two sizes: Small/Medium (Medium/Large) - to fit an adult woman's hand of circumference 18 cm /7" (20 cm /8"). Tension / Gauge: 26 sts and 36 rows to 10 × 10 cm / 4" × 4" in stocking stitch / stockinette stitch.

The mitts are worked in DK-weight yarn. The mitt pictured above was made using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (a blend of 55% Merino wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere, giving 110 m / 120 yds per 50g ball), though other DK-weight or light worsted weight yarns will also work well.
The main colour used was grey (18024), and the three contrast colours were dark green (18038), duck egg (18028) and bright green (18011).

If using stash yarn, then you'll need roughly 115 (135) m / 125 (145) yds of the main colour, and up to 55 (55) m /60 (60) yds each of the three contrast colours.

There are all sorts of possible colour combinations. The above colour scheme is spring-like. For autumn, perhaps something along these lines?
An alternative colour scheme

The colour work uses slip stitches, so there is only one colour of working yarn in use in any round. The slip stitch instructions in the pattern are given both as charts and as written directions

Find out why the mitts are called Ermintrude mitts here!

This is a link to the ravelry pattern page.

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