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!


Pattern Details

DESIGNER Laura Hulslander

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

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.


Practice your colorwork . . .

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