Beech Mountain Mitts by Kirsten Hall

Beech Mountain Mitts

September 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 15 rows = 2 inches
in 2x1 Brioche Rib stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
125 - 140 yards (114 - 128 m)
Medium, Large, variety of gauges
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Hiking Beech Mountain Trail in Acadia National Park, we ambled among criss-crossing tree roots and branches, ascending to a beautiful view. These mitts reflect the beauty and challenges of that forest path.

Yarn and needles
Choose fingering, sport/DK, or worsted and corresponding needle size (US 3, 5 or 7). Wrist circumference can range from 6.5” to 8”; length adjustable.
Color A: 70(80) yards
Color B: 55(60) yards

Ambling and exploring – when it’s pleasant
It’s relaxing to work two-color knitting with one yarn at a time and no floats or weaving to worry about. Brioche creates vertical stripes of soft, stretchy ribbing that hug the hand.

Minding the roots and rocks – when it’s challenging
Brioche is a challenging but beautiful stitch. Lifelines are recommended until you become better acquainted with the anatomy of the stitches. Cable needles are recommended, even for those who usually cable without one.

A note about charts and written instructions
Written instructions are given for the mitt construction. Both charts and written instructions are given for the ribbing stitch pattern. For the cable pattern and thumb increases, refer to stitch instructions in the chart key as you read the charts.

What you should know before you begin
Familiarize yourself with brioche knitting by visiting Nancy Marchant’s website, The Brioche Stitch. (Or read her book, shown on her website.) Important pages to visit:

A video of the special caston used in this pattern can be found here (as well as in the pattern): Two-Color 2x1 Brioche Caston. An alternative caston is also given in the pattern.

An easier alternative caston is Crochet Caston Without a Crochet Hook.