Burnished Mittens by Lily Kate France

Burnished Mittens

Knitting
July 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
40 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in 3x1 rib unstretched and worked in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
241 - 454 yards (220 - 415 m)
To fit hand circumference above thumb: 16 (18, 20, 22) cm [6¼ (7, 7¾, 8¾) in]
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This pattern was originally published in Confident Knitting, and is now available in my Ravelry store.

Tidy Vikkel braids and simple colourwork shine in these mittens, showing off the subtle shifts of hand-dyed yarn. Burnished Mittens are the fifth pattern in Confident Knitting.

SIZES
Small (Medium, Large, XL)
To fit hand circumference above thumb: 16 (18, 20, 22) cm [6¼ (7, 7¾, 8¾) in]
Actual hand circumference above thumb (unstretched): 12 (14, 16, 18) cm [4¾ (5½, 6¼, 7) in]
Length: 22 (27.5, 27.5, 32.5) cm [8½ (10¾, 10¾, 12¾) in]
Shown in size Large on hand circumference 20.5cm [8in].

YARN
Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino 4ply (4ply/fingering weight; 100% superwash merino wool; 365m per 100g skein and 73m per 20g skein)
Yarn A: Peachy Keen; 1 x 100g skein in all sizes
Yarn B: The White Hare; 1 x 20g skein in all sizes

Approximate yardage
Yarn A: 160 (235, 270, 355) m [175 (255, 295, 390) yds]
Yarn B: 60m [65yds] in all sizes

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
1 set 2.5mm [US 1.5] needles of your preferred type for working small circumferences in the round, or size needed to match tension
Stitch markers
Small quantity of waste yarn
Tapestry needle

TENSION
40 sts and 44 rounds to 10cm [4in] over 3x1 rib pattern worked in the round, unstretched, after washing and blocking
40 sts and 44 rounds to 10cm [4in] over stranded colourwork pattern worked in the round, unstretched, after washing and blocking
You may need to use different needle sizes to get the same gauge in both stitch patterns. Please adjust accordingly, if required.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES
Photo tutorials for the following techniques can be found within this book:
Single-colour Vikkel braid
Two-colour Vikkel braid

The following video tutorials can be found on our website at
www.acknitwear.co.uk/confident-knitting
Vikkel braids (including both one- and two-colour versions)
Grafting stitches or Three-needle cast-off method

PATTERN NOTES
The mittens start with a small rolled hem worked in stocking stitch, before the wrist is worked in rib. Two Vikkel braids are worked each side of a band of colourwork. The final Vikkel braid is worked as a two-colour braid in order to set up stitches in the main colour for the remainder of the mitten. The hand of the mitten is worked in 3x1 rib with a thumb gusset. The thumb stitches are left on hold while the remainder of the hand is completed. After shaping the top of the mitten the front and back stitches are joined by grafting or with a three-needle cast off. Finally, the thumb is completed in 3x1 rib with clean shaping at the top.