Knits Gifts 2018: Fraser Fir Mittens
There is no better gift than a lovely pair of handmade mittens with stranded colorwork. The Fraser Fir Mittens from Interweave Knits Gifts 2018 have been on my “want-to-make list” for quite a while; I’ve been admiring them ever since I saw Laura Huslander working on them at one of our yarn meetings!
I learned to knit when I was 8 years old, and my first project was a pair of knitted mittens. But I hadn’t knitted a pair of mittens since. For many years, I’ve wanted to make a set of stranded colorwork mittens in a very fine yarn, and I’ve been on the hunt for just the right pattern. I’m not excellent at colorwork, so to perfect my skills, I needed a pair whose look I really loved!
As soon as I saw Laura working on these at the yarn meeting, I knew this was the pair! The mittens use only 2 colors, so I can focus on keeping my tension even without the distraction of a third color. Also, much of the pattern calls for changing colors every stitch or every 2 stitches, so I don’t have to worry about super-long floats that will make my project pucker or tangle my fingers. I love the green color combination, but I’m already thinking about a black-and-white pair; a red-and-yellow pair; or a green-and-gold pair—so many amazing options!
If you, too, have been on the hunt for a fantastic pair of stranded colorwork mittens, look no farther. The Fraser Fir Mittens are the mittens you will love making this holiday season!
DESIGNER Laura Hulslander
FINISHED SIZE 7½” hand circumference and 10½” long.
YARN Harrisville Designs Shetland (100% pure virgin wool; 217 yd [198 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #56 jade (light green; MC) and #08 hemlock (dark green; CC), 1 skein each.
NEEDLES Size 3 (3.25 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Marker (m); waste yarn for provisional CO and thumb; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 30 sts and 36 rnds = 4″ in charted patt.