I had the opportunity to work with Knit Picks’ new Palette Twist collection back in the late spring, and I wanted to come up with a simple design to showcase the marled yarn. Since I had some leftover Palette yarn in Asphalt Heather (deep charcoal grey), from my Saqqara Cowl design, I decided to pair it with the new Asphalt Twist colorway. I thought it would look nice to combine the more solid Asphalt Heather with its marled counterpart.
I sometimes find it difficult to design with marled and variegated yarns. I love their look, but I tend toward more complex cable or colorwork designs, which don’t work well with a busy variegated yarn. I have to work hard to envision a simple, clean design! With the Palette Twist, I wanted to give an effect of comfy ragg socks, but not give the gross impression of wearing dirty socks on your hands! Eww!
So the contrast cuff and ribbed edging gives a more elegant feel to these mitts, while still bringing to mind the coziness of marled wool socks.
The pattern has one size, with a thumb gusset, and it should be easy enough, even for beginners, as long as they have some basic experience reading a pattern, making ribbing, and using the backward loop to increase for the thumb gusset.
The pattern is available as a free PDF download on Ravelry. I’ll also include the instructions here, for the non-Ravelers!
Yarmouth Marled Mitts
Simple and versatile, these fingerless mitts are perfect for a cool autumn walks, typing, texting, or even coloring. Worked in the round from the cuff up, the mitts feature an easy thumb gusset for extra comfort and contrast edgings that highlight the two-color marled wool. The Yarmouth Marled Mitts are sized to fit the average adult hand, but can be easily modified to make a larger or smaller mitt.
Copyright © 2020 Bridget Pupillo. All rights reserved.
The written instructions, photographs, designs, and project in this pattern are intended for the personal use of the reader and may be reproduced for that purpose only.
Beginner (basic ribbing and Stockinette stitch, basic increases with backward loop)
Hand circumference: 7.25”
- MC: KnitPicks Palette Twist (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, fingering weight; 231 yards/50g): 1 ball of Asphalt Twist #28698
- C1: KnitPicks Palette (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, fingering weight; 231 yards/50g): 1 ball of Asphalt Heather #24243
- Size US 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs or 32” circular needle for magic loop method, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Size US 3 (3.25 mm) DPNS or 32” circular needle for magic loop method, or one size smaller than the size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch markers
- Scrap yarn or stitch holder
- Tapestry needle
28 sts and 36 rows over 4” in Stockinette Stitch, blocked. To save time, take time to check gauge.
- DPNs: double pointed needles
- MC: main color
- C1: contrast color 1
- CO: cast on
- st(s): stitch(es)
- PM: place marker
- K: knit
- P: purl
- M1: make 1 stitch by placing a backward loop on right-hand needle
- BO: bind off
- RS: right side
- WS: wrong side
2×2 Rib: when knitting in the round, (K 2 sts, P 2 sts) around. Repeat for each round.
Stockinette Stitch (St st): when knitting in the round, knit every stitch.
Mitt (make left and right the same)
Using C1 and smaller size needles, CO 52 sts.
PM and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Work in 2×2 Rib for 2”.
Switch to MC and larger size needles and work 5 rounds in St st.
Thumb Gusset Setup Round: K 25 sts, PM, M1, K2, M1, PM, work to end of row, working repeats as marked. Sts between markers are thumb gusset. 54 sts.
Work one round in St st.
Thumb Gusset Round 1: K 25 sts, slip marker, M1, K to marker, M1, slip marker, K to end of round.
Thumb Gusset Round 2: K around.
Repeat these two rounds 7 times more. There should be 20 sts between thumb gusset markers, and 70 sts total.
Next round: K 25 sts, then remove markers and place 20 thumb gusset sts on holder, make 2 sts using backward loop method, K to end of round. 52 sts.
Continue with MC in St st until mitt measures 6.5” from CO edge. Break MC.
Switch to smaller size needles and join C1. Work 1 round in St st.
Work 7 rounds in 2×2 Rib.
BO in pattern.
Thumb (make left and right the same)
With C1 and smaller size needles, starting to the left of sts on holder, pick up and knit 1 st along left side of hole, pick up and knit 2 cast-on stitches, pick up and knit 1 st along right side of hole, place 20 sts from holder onto needle and knit. 24 sts. Divide sts evenly between needles. Join to work in the round.
Work 7 rounds in 2×2 Rib.
BO loosely in pattern.
Weave in all ends with tapestry needle. Hand wash and block lightly.