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Winterberry mittens

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“...the winter is kind and leaves red berries on the boughs for hungry sparrows...”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

This is a pattern for a pair of mittens worked from the bottom up and in the round, using the stranded colourwork technique. You may work them in 2 colours or with 3 colours (there are charts for both for left and right hands).

Size is determined by the needle size. You may also work an inner rib for a closer fit at the wrist. If you prefer to line these mittens, I suggest working at least 1 size larger than your size and then work the lining 1 size smaller than the outer mitten, either by picking up sts or working them separately and sewing later (yarn amounts do not include lining).

This pattern includes notes on how to work them as mitts/fingerless gloves.

Shetland 4ply by Gathered Sheep Yarns; Fingering; 100% Pure Shetland Wool; 233yds (213m) / 55g
approximate yarn amounts for a pair of mittens:
MC (Milk/Raven) - 54 (56, 60, 65) g
CC1 (Green Caterpillar/The Grass is Greener) - 24 (25, 27, 29) g if working 3 colour version; 38 (40, 43, 46) g if working 2 colour version
CC2 (Blossom/Raspberry) - 14 (15, 16, 17) g if working 3 colour version
If you plan to line your mittens, you will need additional yarn. (Hawkcombe Wood Collection works well)
2.0mm (us no 0) DPNs 6in/15cm; set of 5
2.25mm (us no 1) DPNs 6in/15cm; set of 5
2.5mm (us no 1.5) DPNs 6in/15cm; set of 5
2.75mm (us no 2) DPNs 6in/15cm; set of 5
3.0mm (us no 2.5) DPNs 6in/15cm; set of 5
Each size uses a different needles size pair:
2.0 & 2.25 (2.25 & 2.5, 2.5 & 2.75, 2.75 & 3.0) mm
Some knitters work stranded and single-coloured at different gauges. Change needles, as needed, to keep gauge the same throughout.
34 (32, 30, 28) sts x 34 (32, 30, 28) rows = 4in/10cm measured over stranded stockinette
approximate finished size:
Size is determined by needles size pair.
7.5 (8, 8.5, 9) in / 19 (20, 21.5, 23) cm circumference
additional tools:
needle to weave in ends, waste yarn/stitch holder
You will get a PDF (2MB) file