Choose Colour! Mitts
“Small things, by nature are whimsical … They’re just things for the pleasure of smallness.” This American Life Podcast Ep. 687 ‘Small Things Considered’
Are you obsessed with mini-skeins and leftover scraps of yarn? What about those beautiful wild-variegated single skeins? Whichever it is, I’m the same! I often find myself thinking about these types of yarn and ways to use them up.
There’s always a moment when knitting with small scraps or variegated yarn when you stop to take delight in the way the colours whimsically work together.
Knitting with these yarns is playful. You find colours accidentally placed together in combinations that you wouldn’t usually use, and somehow it works.
So, let’s choose some colourful yarns together and get knitting a whimsical pair of Choose Colour! Mitts.
The Choose Colour! Mitts is a super versatile pattern with 32 possible variations: four sizes (teen, small adult, medium adult, large adult) and four ways of organising your yarn (scrappy, half ‘n’ half, one colour and “other”).
Pattern has been professionally tech edited and includes links to video tutorials for joining in new colours with minimal finishing.
Matching cowl pattern available here
The Choose Colour! Mitts are knitted in the round, from the wrist upwards. Increases are made for the thumb, with the stitches being placed on hold and worked when the hand is complete.
The back of hand patterning and thumb gusset are separated by stitch markers placed after working the cuff.
4ply / fingering-weight yarn of approximately 400m / 437 yds per 100g held double stranded in the following approximate amounts: 25 (30, 35, 40) g of yarn in total per mitt
Size 1 Lilac (half ‘n’ half / other version) modelled on hand with circumference of 17 cm / 6.75”, worked in five mini-skeins from Botanical Yarn, Merino Sock (4ply weight; 85m per 20g mini-skein; 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon)
Size 2 Red (full scrappy version) modelled on hand with circumference of 19.5 cm / 7.75”, worked in small amounts of leftover 4ply / fingering weight yarn from Old Maiden Aunt
Size 3 Blue/Purple (half ‘n’ half / other version) modelled on hand with circumference of 20.5 cm, worked in leftover/partial skeins of 4ply / fingering weight yarn from Rusty Ferret
Size 4 Speckled Lime (one colour version) worked in Skein Queen, Crush (4ply / fingering weight; 425 m / 465 yds per 100g skein; 75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon)
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
3.5 mm DPNs/preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round
3.75 mm DPNs/ preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round
5 stitch markers: 1 for BOR & 2 x 2 distinct markers as follows:
2 to mark the back of hand patterning (mP)
2 to mark thumb gusset increases (mT)
Approx. 50 cm / 19.75” of waste yarn and tapestry needle
22 sts x 33 rnds = 10 cm / 4” measured over stocking stitch on larger needles with yarn held double stranded
1 (2, 3, 4) designed to fit a hand circumference of approximately
17 – 18.5 (18.5 – 20, 20 – 21.5, 21.5 - 23) cm
6.75 – 7.25 (7.25 – 8, 8 – 8.5, 8.5 - 9)”
teen (small adult, medium adult, large adult)
See schematic in photos for details.
SKILLS & PATTERN ATTRIBUTES
placing stitches on hold
adult & teen