Sheepscot Mitts by Sarah Solomon – Into the Wool

Sheepscot Mitts

October 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in 2x2 Rib, after wet-blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
150 yards (137 m)
One size
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The SHEEPSCOT MITTS with their simple texture and utilitarian design are the perfect accompaniment to outdoor chores in cold weather. They are easy to work and suitable for a range of hand sizes. Wool is the original technical fiber and we put our samples to the test during out photo shoot where they ended up stained with oil after working with a chainsaw. A short soak in some warm water with a drop of Dawn dish soap and they were as good as new. We wanted an everyday approach to working with and wearing wool. Handknits don’t just have to be for special occasions, they can be a useful and hard-wearing part of our everyday lives.

Instructions are written only; no charts.

Updated November 3, 2022
Page 3
LEFT THUMB GUSSET ONLY (corrected to read as follows)
Inc-R, k2, Inc-L, pm for gusset, work rib as est to m, work moss stitch to end of rnd.

Rnd 1: K2, p2; repeat from to end of rnd. Repeat last rnd until upper border measures ¾“ / 2 cm (or desired length).

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FULL LENGTH: 6” /15 cm long
HAND CIRCUMFERENCE: 7 ¼“ / 18.5 cm to fit 7–8” / 18–20.5 cm hand circumference
THUMB: 1 ¼” / 3 cm long from top of gusset to bind off. Try the mitt on before you bind off to adjust length as needed.

Harrisville Designs Shear Merino-Dorset DK Weight 100% undyed American Wool/196 yards per 50 g skein 1 skein or 150 yards of DK weight yarn

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge

30 sts and 36 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in 2x2 Rib, after wet-blocking

Waste yarn for holding thumb stitches
Unique stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round and two additional markers for the thumb gusset Blunt tapestry needle

Casting on
Knitting in the round
Binding off

• Mitts are worked in the round from the wrist up in a combination of 2x2 rib and moss stitch.
• Stitches are increased in stockinette stitch at the side of the hand for a thumb gusset.
• Once the full number of thumb stitches have been increased, thumb stitches are put on hold until the hand is completed
• Held thumb stitches are returned to the needle and worked in the round in stockinette stitch.
• Pattern instructions are written with 2x2 rib on the back of the hand and moss stitch on the palm of the hand but mitts can worn reversibly.