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A few weeks back Laura from The Schaefer Yarn Company sent some beautiful yarn for me to play with.  It didn't take long before I cast on.  The first order of business, mittens using the wonderful Heather with its decadent merino/silk blend.


When I asked for help naming these mittens, my daughter saw chicken wire in the cable patterning. She instantly went to her computer where she found the binomial nomenclature for chicken, “Gallus gallus”.  (Yes, she is a science nerd.)  So, we now have a pattern named for that most revered of birds.  

Gallus is worked in Schaefer Yarns Heather.  The yarn shows the stitch patterning beautifully in its semi-solid colorways.  The merino/silk blend makes a warm mitten that feels heavenly to wear.

Two pairs US size 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needles, 24 inch, or size to obtain gauge.
Small cable needle
Tapestry needle
Two place markers

Yarn: Schaefer Yarn Heather, 55%  Merino Wool Superwash, 30% Silk, 15% Nylon; Colorway:  Thistle, approx. 400 yards /4oz. per skein.  1 Skein.

Gauge:  34 stitches/46 rows = 4”(10cm) in stockinette stitch

Finished Measurements: 7” (18cm) at palm and wrist, 11.5” (29cm) long overall,  7.5” (19cm) from beginning of thumb gusset to fingertips.

Price $6.00


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It's a gorgeous pattern. And I love the backstory behind the name!

Those are really fabulous!

Must finish other projects before casting on for cabley mittens....

As one science nerd to another - Rock on!

And the pattern is very striking, the yarn looks luscious.

Those are beautiful, gorgeous mittens,and I love the yarn as well.

Another beautiful pattern second to none!

These are adorable! I'm making my first mittens at the moment, and I love how putting them on immediately makes me feel four years old! Love this pattern - I can see them becoming my second pair...

So pretty! I see honeycombs, well, and yes, chicken wire!

Oh wow, ok, when I am done with the socks these are on my needles:)

Very beautiful !

lovely pattern! such great creativity!! :-)

Those are gorgeous! And look super warm too!

Now that I have this pattern it's taking serious willpower not to dump my other projects and cast on straight away!

Very pretty! Love the little cables at the tips!

wow, those mittens are beautiful! i love the color.

You are such an amazing designer! I love these!

Oh lovely. Winner winner chicken dinner is what they say you know!

Did you know Gallus is also a Scotts term? Thus:
Gallus ADJ. Bold, daring, rash, wild, unmanageable, impish, mischievous, cheeky. As in "Yi gallus wee besom, eh'll skelp yir erse!"

I rather like it!

You are a pattern genius!

LOVE them!

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