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Prograde Orbit Mitts

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This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. It includes a second PDF accessible for knitters with low vision, following guidelines from Ravelry's Accessible Patterns group.

This is the first in a series of six mitt patterns inspired by a conversation with my friend, Arianna Frasca. Arianna loves the moon, and we both have perpetually cold hands. I decided, then, to use the moon as inspiration for each set of mitts.

Earth’s moon has a prograde orbit. In other words, it orbits in the same direction that the sun spins. The twisty criss-crossing cables on these mitts remind me of the charts showing all the overlapping orbits of Jupiter’s many moons. The charts look almost like they were drawn with a spirograph and are mesmerizing, to put it mildly.

These mitts are a great project for using up leftover scraps. If the yarn looks familiar, that’s because it is! I used most of this skein of yarn to knit my Lemon Scone at Home Cowl back in 2020, but I had just enough left to make these mitts, too.

S, M, L, XL

Finished mitt circumference 6.5, (7, 7.5, 8) inches /16.5 (18, 19, 20.5) cm

Fingering weight yarn, 150 (170, 190, 210) yds / 138 (156, 174, 192) m

Sample shown in Earl Grey Fiber Co. Rooibos Singles, 70% merino wool, 30% silk, single-ply, 438 yds (401 m) per 3.53 oz (100 g)

4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

Three stitch markers
Two pieces of waste yarn for holding thumb stitches
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Techniques: knitting in the round, increases, cables
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (1MB)
  • PDF (870KB)

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