I know, I know, it is still summer in the northern hemisphere and here she comes again with her winter wolies. But I 'm sure it's cold enough for mittens somewhere and also, we knitters like to be prepared, don't we? It doesn't make a lot of sense to start knitting the moment you need warm accessories and also, it's never to early to start the gift knitting and therefore: Say hello to my brandnew patterns: Chained Mittens and Chained Hat.
The patterns came to life, because I have this fancy for highly variegated yarns, especially the ones by Malabrigo Yarn are always so hard to resist - although I know that I usally love the look in the skein, but I am at loss what to use them for. So when looking for a pattern to showcase the beauty of variegated yarns without the yarn overwhelming the stitch pattern, I found that slipped stitches do the trick. And why not have them swirl in chains all around the project? No sooner said than done.
The mittens are knitted from the cuff to the top and there are individual instructions for both mittens depending on which direction the 'chains' slant. However, thanks to the thumb gusset which emerges neatly in Stockinette stitch between two of the chains and the way the top of the mittens is worked, each mitten can be worn on either hand (picture above with the thumb gusset at the palm of the hand, picture below with the thumb gusset at the back of the hand).
The mittens pattern includes four sizes: XS, S, M and L to fit hand circumference of approximately 16.75 (18.5, 20, 21.5) cm [6.5 (7.25, 7.75, 8.5)”].
The matching hat is also knitted from the brim to the top; optionally it can be embellished with a pom-pom. The hat pattern includes three sizes: S, M and L to fit head circumference of approximately 46.75 (50, 53.25) cm [18.5 (19.75, 21)”].
Each of the items requires one skein of sport weight yarn with a yardage of approximately 305 m (334 yds) per 100 g. For my samples I used oh-so-soft Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in Arco Iris ( one of the charming features of handpainted yarn: they are both the same colorway even though they look so different in the pictures).
The patterns are available individually from my Ravelry Shop: Chained Mittens and Chained Hat. Should you like to knit the set, both pattern together are available at a discounted price (see pattern page for details).