Knits Gifts 2018: Blue Spruce Mittens
I don’t remember the last time I finished a project that required knitting two of the same thing, such as both socks or both mittens. I usually finish one entire piece, and either never start the second or just barely start it, only to rip it back not long after, or leave it in my UFO pile for years. I don’t have the adequate amount of focus or grit to knit the same thing twice in a row! That’s why I’m impressed with anyone who knits socks or mittens on the regular. Additionally, I admire folks who can complete these types of projects that also have complicated patterns, such as colorwork. One very impressive project to finish is the Blue Spruce Mittens by Donna Kay, from Interweave Knits Gifts 2018.
The Blue Spruce Mittens keep your hands super toasty with two colors of sticky Shetland wool, knit with the stranded colorwork method, which creates a double layer that traps body heat to keep your fingers warm on cold days. These mittens are colorwork classics inspired by traditional Latvian mittens, featuring a detailed geometric pattern, and a Latvian braid at the cuff. Knit these amazing hand warmers for yourself or a loved one this season, and keep your hands warm for seasons to come.
DESIGNER Donna Kay
FINISHED SIZE 7¼ (8¼)” hand circumference and 9¼ (10)” long. Mittens shown measure 7¼”.
YARN Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight (100% Shetland wool; 125 yd [115 m]/ 7/8 oz [25 g]: #82 dark green (MC) and #121 gold (CC), 2 (3) balls each.
NEEDLES Size 1 (2.25 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle
GAUGE 37 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in charted patt.