Kuelap {Fingerless Mitts}

Kuelap Fingerless Mitts

The colorwork shown is called “mosaic knitting.” It only uses one color at a time, and doesn’t involve any awkward stitch operations or hand contortions. The result is some warm, pretty fingerless mitts that look a lot more complicated than they were to make. The lack of thumb gusset/ribbing make them about as simple as can be.

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You Will Need:
• Fingering* weight yarn in each of three colors:
—100 yards (91.4 m) in color A
—90 yards (82.3 m) in color B
—3 yards (2.75 m) in color C
• 2.5mm (US 1½) needles, straight or circular (knitting worked flat)
• yarn needle for weaving in ends, 2 safety-pin style stitch markers to aid with seaming
Skill Level: Easy (basic stitches, simple shaping & finishing)
Techniques: Two-color longtail cast-on**, knitting, purling, slipping stitches, “make one” increase**, outline stitch bind-off**
Gauge: 36 stitches & 48 rows = 4” (10 cm) square in colorwork pattern, after blocking
Finished size: Actual measurements—7¼” (18 cm) top circumference, 6¼” (16 cm) length, 6¾” (17 cm) bottom circumference, stretches to fit 6.5”-8.5” (16.5 cm-21.6 cm) circumference at top of palm / base of knuckles, see sizing note below.***

* Some countries call this “4ply” weight.
** The two-color longtail cast-on, make one increase, and outline stitch bind-off techniques are all explained in the pattern, but knowing how to work the usual longtail cast-on is essential.
*** Because the stitch pattern repeat is so large (20 stitches), and the gauge so dense, if attempting to fit a hand larger than 8.5” (21.6 cm) circumference, it’s best to go up a needle size or two (in mm, not US sizes) rather than trying to add stitches. The warmth and structure of the fabric will not be compromised, especially if you use a yarn containing angora, kid mohair, or some other fiber where the yarn has a nice halo—as in the mitts shown.

Suggested yarns:
Toots Leblanc Fingering {60% merino wool, 40% angora}
light gray (A); white (B); 250 yards / 2.5 oz (229 m / 71 g) per skein

Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight {100% Shetland wool}
color 023 (C); 129 yards / .88 oz. (118 m / 25 g) per skein

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