Inspiration for the Evergrey Mitts came from the silver needles of a blue spruce (Picea pungens
). The cuffs are worked using a lace-and-twisted-stitch rib that reminded me of a forest floor covered with fallen needles. The back of the hand is adorned with a cabled spruce motif encased in a medallion of twisted stitches.
The mitts are worked in the round cuff up using either double-pointed needles or magic loop. Left and right mitts can be worked two-at-a-time.
The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the stitch patterns.
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- Finished hand circumference: approx. 16.5 cm / 6½"
- Finished length: approx. 22.5 cm / 8¾"
- Cuff: approx. 10 cm / 4"
- Kässäkerho Pom Pom Donegal Tweed (85% merino, 15% dye-resistant nylon, 400 m/100 g), 1 skein in silver gray
- or approx. 200 m / 220 yd of fingering-weight sock yarn
Look for a round, high-twist yarn with good stitch definition. This makes the cables and twisted stitches pop.
- 2.25 mm / US 1 DPNs or circular needle(s) for working small circumferences in the round (or size needed to obtain gauge)
- Two stitch markers
- Two cable needles
- Stitch holder (e.g., a piece of scrap yarn or safety pin)
- Darning needle
- 30 sts × 42 rnds = 10 cm / 4” in reverse stockinette
- 28 sts × 42 rnds = 10 cm / 4” in Fallen Needles Rib
Pattern uses the following techniques: working small circumferences in the round on double-pointed needles or in magic loop, casting on in the middle of a round, picking up stitches, twisted stitches, and working advanced cables.
Ability to work lace and cables from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the stitch patterns.
Some cables require the use of two cable needles; cabling without a cable needle will speed up your knitting.