Pattern of the Week: I’m Smitten with these Warmth of the Sun Mittens!
If you’re a die-hard follower of our pattern of the week posts, you may remember me raving about how much I love the Braewick Fingerless Mitts from Kate Atherly’s new book, Knit Mitts. While I most definitely love those mitts, it’s the time of year for me where fingerless mitts just aren’t cutting it warmth-wise.
In case you didn’t know, our office is in Colorado, and the fun thing about Colorado in the wintertime is that the term “winter” is pretty meaningless in regards to the weather. Often, our heaviest of snows hit in the early parts of spring, which means we are just gearing up for the thick of it now.
The true cold has begun to set in, and while I still love fingerless mitts like the Braewick for wearing around the house, I need some serious mitts to keep my fingers toasty as we head into late winter/spring. Enter the Warmth of the Sun Mittens from Knit Mitts.
These lovely mittens are just what I’m looking for to lift me from my cold-spring blues. This pattern includes an optional separately worked lining to add to the all-over colorwork design of outside mitt. That’s 3 layers of yarn keeping your fingers toasty! Not to mention the adorable sunflower motif adds sunny warmth to brighten the coldest of days, even the ones that happen in the spring.
My hats and my mittens go off to Kate for Knit Mitts. Even if it does snow in March, at least I’ll have the Warmth of the Sun Mittens to keep me warm inside and out!
Finished Size Hand circumference: 7.5 (7.75, 8, 8.25, 8.5, 9)” [19 (19.5, 20.5, 21, 21.5, 23) cm]. Hand length: 7.5 (8.25, 8.25, 8.25, 9.25, 9.25)” [19 (21, 21, 21, 23.5, 23.5) cm].
Yarn #1, Super Fine. Shown on model: Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 437 yd [400 m] per 3.5 oz [100 g] skein): 1 skein each of three colors; #5644 Lemon for MC (background), #5612 Moss for CC1 (cuff and leaves), and #5644 Walnut for CC2 (flower and lining).
Needles For all sizes: Size U.S. #2 (2.75 mm)– double-pointed needles (dpns), two circular needles (cir), or a long circular, as you prefer. For largest three sizes only: Size U.S. #2.5 (3 mm)– dpns, two cir, or a long cir, as you prefer.
Notions Stitch markers; scrap yarn or stitch holder for thumb stitches.
Gauge 40 sts and 44 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in stranded colorwork on smaller needles, blocked.
36 sts and 40 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in stranded colorwork on larger needles, blocked.