Clever and thoughtful design elements make these basic mittens special. The simple Salt and Pepper colourwork pattern is not only dense enough to help block out the wind, but it’s worked over an odd number of stitches in a way that eliminates the jog that usually occurs when knitting stranded colourwork in the round. A thumb gusset provides a great fit, and unique decreases allow the pattern to continue uninterrupted from cuff to tip.
Pair a light solid with a speckled yarn for a subtle, foggy colour contrast, or use two highly contrasting colours for a completely different look. Including instructions for both mittens and fingerless mitts, this is a staple pattern you’ll knit again and again.
Worsted weight yarn in the following approximate amounts:
58 [68, 78] m/64 [75, 86] yd Main Colour (MC)
34 [40, 46] m/38 [44, 51] yd Contrast Colour (CC)
Shown in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage (100% Merino; 183 m/200 yd per skein) in colour Penumbra (MC), and The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Fynn (100% Merino; 160 m/175 yd per 84 g/2.96 oz skein) in colour Wilder Shores (CC)
82 [95, 108] m/90 [104, 119] yd Main Colour (MC)
58 [67, 76] m/64 [74, 84] yd Contrast Colour (CC)
Shown in The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Fynn (100% Merino;160 m/175 yd per 84 g/2.96 oz skein) in color Wilder Shores (MC), and Cascade 220 (100% Wool; 201 m/220 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Natural (CC)
23 stitches & 26 rounds = 10 cm/4″ in Salt and Pepper pattern, using larger needles, after blocking
One set 4.0 mm/US 6 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)
One set 3.5 mm/US 4 needles* (or two sizes smaller than needed for gauge)
*Either one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), two circular needles, or one long circular needle, as you prefer for small circumference knitting in the round.
Adult sizes S [M, L] to fit 17.5 [19.5, 21] cm/7 [7.75, 8.5]” hand circumference, measured at the knuckles, with 0.5 cm/0.25” negative ease
Hand circumference at knuckles 17 [19, 20.5] cm/6.75 [7.5, 8.25]”, after light blocking
Two stitch markers (including one unique marker to mark the BOR), smooth waste yarn or stitch holder, tapestry needle
Price: $5 USD