Knits Gifts 2018: Rose Hip Mitts

I love knitting colorwork, but I’m never confident in choosing a palette on my own. I tend to either choose shades of neutral (pretty, but boring) or crazy adventurous tones (exciting, but sometimes slightly barf-y). The Rose Hip Mitts, designed by Jenny Williams for Interweave Knits Gifts 2018, on the other hand, are the perfect balance of subtle and adventurous.

These lovely mitts are all about experimenting with rich colors. Notice how the dark background color makes the other dark colors whisper, the medium colors sing, and the light colors pop! The result reminds me of stained glass—perhaps a lovely rose window in a darkened church, with flakes of snow drifting by.

As far as the knitting pattern itself goes, Jenny keeps it simple so you can focus on your colorwork. A loose fit, simple shaping, and a lack of fiddly stovepipe fingers means the design is a snap once you finish the stranded colorwork wrist band.

A simple knit requires a show-stopping yarn, and the combination of Knit Picks Gloss Fingering and Knit Picks Palette, both made from 100% Peruvian highland wool, catch the eye with their lovely sheen. The colorwork panel uses seven colors to create those shifting hues. You’ll have extras left over, so consider grabbing some extra of the main color and making multiple pairs of mitts, some to give and one to keep!

There are tons of lovely handknit gift ideas, like the Rose Hip Mitts, in Interweave Knits Gifts 2018. Browse through the pages today and start planning your handknit holiday gift list!

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Jenny Williams


FINISHED SIZE 6¼ (6¾, 7¾)” hand circumference and 7½ (7¾, 8½)” long. Mitts shown measure 6¾”.

YARN Knit Picks Gloss Fingering (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 220 yd [201 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #27018 navy (MC), 1 skein. Knit Picks Palette (100% Peruvian highland wool; 231 yd [211 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #25551 rooibos heather (brown; A), #24003 salsa heather (red-orange; B), #24556 rose hip (salmon; C), #24560 almond (tan; D), #24007 tidepool heather (blue-green; E), #26048 seafaring (teal; F), and #25537 aurora heather (dark green; G), 1 skein each.

NEEDLES Sizes 2½ (3 mm) and 3 (3.25 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 30 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ in St st on smaller needles.

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