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Mittens for Spring?

I originally created these stranded mittens for a swap with Ann. I am always awed by Ann's exceptional color work and was more than a bit intimidated to be making a stranded project for her. Her wonderful sense of color and pattern were the inspiration for this design.

Kanagawa Mittens 1
I wrote the pattern for the mittens, but was a little uncertain about when to publish. It is April after all. Does anyone want to knit mittens at this time of year? Several Flickr friends assured me that they like small projects in the warmer months and encouraged me to publish now rather than wait for the fall.

So here they are, the Kanagawa Mittens (ravelry link).

I used 5 colors of Cascade 220 Sport. This yarn is a great choice for colorwork. The selection of colors is extensive and the price is low enough that you won't blow the budget buying a fun range of colors. This would also be a great project for stash diving. I can see these mittens worked in anywhere from 2 to 10 or more colors. (If you make them in 10 or more colors please let me know! I'd love to see them!!)

Kanagawa Mittens 2
Kanagawa Mittens

Sizes: S, M, L - shown in size M

Finished Measurements: 6.75[7.5, 8.25]” around and 8.5[10, 11]” long

Yarn: Cascade 220 Sport, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 164 yds (150m) per 1.75 oz (50g) skein. Approximately 14[16, 18]grams per color.

Color A: White #8505
Color B (dk green): Forest Green #8267
Color C (teal): Como Blue #9420
Color D (lt green): Primavera # 8903
Color E (brown: Cordovan #9408

Needles: one set US 2(2.75mm) DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 32 sts & 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in “wave” pattern (see page 3) - be sure to check gauge

Other Materials: Place markers, Tapestry Needle, Scrap Yarn

Price: $6.00 US

Thank you to Monika and Tori for test knitting!!


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These are gorgeous! I pledge to make this and to use only stash yarn!

lovely! And where I am now I think mittens will be useful all year round!

These mittens are absolutely stunning. And now is a good time to publish them--often I get inspired in the Fall to knit for the winter, but then get discouraged because I don't think the projects will be done in time to wear them. Now I have all summer to work on it!

Oh my goodness, I love these. I'm a big mittens knitter - I'll have to add these to my Ravelry favorites.

Beautiful! I really love the colors you used.

they are gorgeous! i want to steal them...or make some of my very own.

Beautiful! I love the kinetic energy the colors have... the waves seem to be crashing on top of each other!

Cosmic timing, as I just bought a bunch of 220 Sport when I was at Webs for a class. Awesome!

Just beautiful! Hey, it's winter somewhere!
Love these!

Oh! I love the waves!

Love the colors. Love the design. I'm currenlty also knitting with this yarn and really enjoy it. You are right, it is perfect for colorwork with all the color choice and just a great general use yarn. Although I live in Florida and my mitten wearing weather is short lived, I'll still be making these for those too few days.

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