As the weather turns colder, a knitter's thoughts turn to colorwork and mittens. Such is the case with this knitter at least. I could happily make another 6 pairs of these. Well, maybe not 6. I'm pretty sure I'd design another pair before I got to that point. I've already got a few new ideas bumping around with the cobwebs in my cranial cavity.
Since my girls won't give these two pairs up, I'll need to at least make a third pair for myself.
I've named the pattern "Reykjavik" for the Icelandic capital. My son who visited Iceland last summer assures me that Reykjavik looks nothing like the ramshackle village depicted on the mittens. Despite his protests, I am of a more romantic, bygone era, state of mind when I look at these. Not all of us are so lucky as to be as well traveled as a certain snot-nosed 17 year old. Some of us stay home and make sure he has clean underwear while finding ways to pay for his world travels. Harrumph.
For me, these mittens evoke burly 19th century fishermen in striped shirts. Wooden smoke houses line the rocky coast where they sell their haul. I'm sure the New Jersey winters that I am so fond of complaining about would be nothing to these hardy souls.
Finished Measurements: 7” (18cm) at cuff, 8” (20cm) at palm. The overall mitten length and the thumb length are customizable.
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) or size to obtain gauge. You may use DPN’s or Circulars whichever is your preference for working in the round.
Gauge: 23 stitches = 4”(10cm)
Yarn: Knit Picks Telemark, 100% Peruvian Wool, 103 yards/94m per 50 gram ball.
Color A: Tidepool Heather 1 ball*
Color B: Garnet Heather 1 ball*
Color A: Drift 1 ball*
Color B: Pesto 1 ball*
* Both pairs were made with only one ball of each color. However, there was VERY little yarn left. To play it safe you may want to have an extra ball handy – especially if you have large hands.