Wild Sage Mitts are inspired by the wild sage plant (Salvia verbenaca
) the flowers of which range from soft purple to violet and sprawl out on tall stems.
The mitts are worked in the round from cuff up in two easily memorizable lace patterns, given in written and charted format. A cuff with an eyelet rib and a thumb gusset give the mitts a comfortable fit. The same lace pattern used for the hand continues up the thumb. The mitts are finished with a simple garter-stitch border. Left and right mitts are identical and can be worked two-at-a-time using either DPNs or magic loop.
Pattern instructions are given using both metric and US terminology. The pattern includes a fingering-weight and a DK-weight version for the mitts.
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- Finished hand circumference: 17.5 cm / 7”
- Finished length: 23.5 cm / 9¼”
- Cuff: 10 cm / 4”
- Yarn: Tukuwool Fingering (100% wool, 195 m/50 g), 1 skein in colorway H28 Ujo
- or approx. 175 m / 195 yd of fingering-weight yarn
- Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1½ DPNs or circular needle(s) for working small circumferences in the round (or size needed to obtain gauge)
- Yarn: Lang Yarns Donegal (100% wool, 190 m/50 g), 1 skein in colorway 789.0065
- or Tukuwool Sock (80% wool, 20% nylon, 160 m/50 g), 1 skein in colorway H29 Syli
- or approx. 140 m / 155 yd of DK-weight yarn
- Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4 DPNs or circular needle(s) for working small circumferences in the round (or size needed to obtain gauge)
- Stitch marker
- Stitch holder (e.g., a piece of scrap yarn or safety pin)
- Darning needle
- Fingering-weight version: 30 sts x 40 rnds = 10 cm / 4” in Wild Sage Lace
- DK-weight version: 22 sts x 32 rnds = 10 cm / 4” in Wild Sage Lace
This 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. Ability to work lace from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the lace patterns.