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Full Feather Mittens

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  • Craft:                    Knitting
  • Suggested yarn:   Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift
  • Yarn weight:         Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
  • Gauge:                 30 stitches and 30 rows = 10 cm
  • Needle size:         3.0 mm US 2½ , 3.25 mm US 3, 2.0 mm US 0, 3.75 mm US 5
  • Yardage:              250 - 340 m / 273 - 372 yds
  • Sizes available:    Small, Medium/Large
These full mittens match the Feather Cap Beanie pattern, with pattern and colours inspired by my flock of beautiful hens. The pattern is knit in the round and uses stranded knitting techniques. It features two sizes to fit teen/small adult and medium/large adult, two styles of edging to the cuff, and two styles of thumb, making this a very versatile, adaptable and non-gender specific pattern. The stranded knitting makes these mittens cosy, and the folded cuff adds even more warmth for the delicate wrist area.
It uses the following techniques, most of which have links in the pattern to videos and/or photo-tutorials:
Estonian two-colour braided cast on
Judy Becker’s Magic Cast on
Latvian Braid
3-needle bind off
grafting/Kitchener stitch
stranded knitting
knitting in the round
folded hem

The mittens are knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, using 4 background colours and 6 feather colours, making this an ideal pattern to use up small amounts of leftover yarns.
See also the matching cowl, beanie, and fingerless mittens.

The versions shown are: monochrome in a range of greys and natural Shetland black, and subdued palette; a high tone palette is also suggested, for the colours used see the pattern for the matching beanie.

For pattern support, please contact me.

This pattern can be knit in any fingering/4ply weight yarn, but for colourwork the very best results are obtained by using a woolly wool such as Jamieson’s or Jamieson & Smith real Shetland yarns. The texture is wonderful, and the colour choices are huge. As always, when substituting yarn, be sure to knit a swatch to check that you are able to get the right gauge for the pattern. Suggested yarn substitutes can be found at
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