Mooncoin Fingerless Mitts (PDF Knitting Pattern)
♪ The Music ♪
The Rose of Mooncoin is a ballad written in the 1800s by Watt Murphy, teacher ~ builder ~ writer and poet, for his lost love Elizabeth. Upon hearing of their romance, Elizabeth’s parents sent her from her home in County Kilkenny, Ireland to England; Watt was heart-broken and composed this tune in her memory. In part the lyrics say: “Where the thrush and the robin their sweet notes entwine” - what a beautiful image to translate into cables.
The Mooncoin Fingerless Mitts incorporate narrow staghorn and honeycomb cables into the ribbing portion of the cuff. The narrow staghorn cable leads into the main Mooncoin cable on the back of each mitt; this main cable is flanked on either side by the narrow honeycomb cable. The palm and thumb are worked in Stockinette stitch. The honeycomb cable extends into the Top Ribbing; the thumb is finished in 1x1 ribbing.
The mitts are knit in the round, from the cuff upward, beginning with an Estonian Cast On (or stretchy cast on of your choice). Increases are worked to form the thumb gusset. Thumb stitches are then placed on waste yarn while the upper portion of the mitt is worked. Stitches are picked up at the gap above the thumb gusset and are worked along with the held stitches to create the thumb. Bind off is done ‘in pattern’ i.e. knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
The Mooncoin Boot Toppers and Mooncoin Hat patterns match these mitts.
A big thank you to dragonxser for testing this pattern and to Annie Maloney for her beautiful stitch dictionaries.
Adult Small (Medium)
Finished Circumference: 6 (7)“ / 15 (18)cm
To Fit Palm: 6 – 7.5 (7 – 8.5)” / 15 – 19 (18 – 21.5)cm
Height: 8.25 (8.75)“ / 21 (22)cm
128 - 155 m / 140 - 170 yds in Worsted weight
4 mm / US6 needles for circular knitting or size required to obtain gauge
3.75 mm / US5 needles for circular knitting
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette, blocked
Stitch marker, cable needle, waste yarn, tapestry needle
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