Thursday, 18 September 2014

Borderland Mitts

Borderland Mitts, in Whistlebare Yeavering Bell DK
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, September 2014

My latest pattern, for a pair of fingerless mitts, is to be published in Issue 39 (September 2014) of Knit Now magazine. The issue will be on sale in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores. And you can subscribe, or buy a single issue from the shop, via the publisher's website

My favourite English county is Northumberland, and my favourite fibre animals are those with cascades of ringlets. So, when I discovered Whistlebare in Northumberland, and their farm-dyed yarn, which is spun from mohair from their Angora goats and wool from their Wensleydale sheep, I just had to try it out. These mitts were designed to be worked mainly in stocking stitch – the aim is to show off the sheen of the yarn and the subtle effects of the hand dyeing. This plainness is balanced by a lace patterned cuff, which has a pretty zig-zag edge.

The mitts are worked in the round, from cuff towards fingers. There are three sizes in the pattern, designed to fit hands from 16 to 21 cm circumference with up to 1 cm of negative ease.

Small (Medium, Large)

24 sts × 17 rows = 10cm measured over St st

Whistlebare Yeavering Bell DK 235m per 100g skein(60% Fine Kid Mohair, 40% best Wensleydale Wool)
1 (1, 1) skein in Hearth of Gefrin

  • 2.75 mm (US 2) dpns, or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • 3 stitch markers
  • Smooth waste yarn

This is the link for the Borderland Mitts ravelry pattern page (login required). Enjoy!!

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