Jane's Barathea Mitts Knitting Pattern
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The textured stitch pattern used in these mitts resembles barathea, a woven fabric with a twill weave and pebbled texture. Barathea was originally created for use in mourning cloth; in the Regency era, mourning etiquette was well established and included guidelines for suitable attire. Women who couldn't afford to buy new clothes for mourning often took items they already owned and dyed them black.Finished Size: About 7" hand circumference, 9" cuff circumference, and 101/2" long.
Yarn: Swans Island Washable Wool Collection DK (100% washable Merino wool; 140 yd [128 m]/11/2 oz [50 g]): eucalyptus, 2 skeins.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.
Gauge: 24 sts and 42 rnds = 4" in Texture patt.
Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits 2014
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