Thursday, 13 September 2012

Go Faster Mitts

Go Faster Mitts, in Bergère de France Idéal
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, September 2012

My latest pattern, for fingerless mitts, is to be published in Issue 13 (September 2012) of Knit Now magazine. The issue will be on sale in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores from Thursday 20 September 2012. And you can subscribe, or buy a single issue from the shop, via the publisher's website

The mitts are worked in the round, from the cuff towards the fingers, and the stripes are achieved using a slipstitch colour work pattern, meaning that only one colour is worked per round. The thumb is a peasant thumb, so there is no gusset to be worked. If you are unfamiliar with this sort of thumb (also known as an afterthought thumb), you might find this tutorial from Mary Jane Mucklestone useful.

Small, Medium and Large to fit hand circumferences 16.5, 18 and 19.5 cm.

27 sts and 35 rows to 10 × 10 cm (4 × 4 in) in stocking stitch (stockinette stitch) with larger needles

Bergère de France Idéal ( Sport / 5 ply; 40% Wool, 30% Nylon, 30% Acrylic; 136 yards / 50 grams ) – 1 ball each of Gerbille and Vannerie. Other Sport or DK-weight, wool rich yarns should also work well

  • 2.75 mm (US 2) and 3.75 mm (US 5) dpns , or sizes needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers
  • smooth waste yarn

There are some great colours in the Bergère de France Idéal range; I was also tempted by Elephant/Cendre or Marin/Marinier. And the yarn is a hard wearing blend, which is easy to wash!

The mitts are quick to knit, so I wondered how they would turn out using a slightly thicker commercial yarn and some of my own handspun as the contrast colour. This pair uses black King Cole Merino Blend DK as the main colour, and the contrast is 12 wpi 3-ply handspun yarn, spun from BFL & Sparkle fibre from Felt Studio UK. I was pleased with the results!

Sunrise Go Faster Mitts.
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, September 2012

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