Tintern mittens by Lisbet Clements

Tintern mittens

January 2021
Aran (8 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch and colourwork on 5 mm needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
One size, adult/teen
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The design for this mitten set was inspired by a visit to Tintern Abbey (Wales) with its intricate stonework, at a time when the Abbey was lit up for Remembrance Day.

The set is worked in the round in stranded colourwork, using 4.5 and 5 mm double-pointed needles. The tension is 24 sts to 10 cm. The mittens measure 24 cm, cuff to tip, and 18 cm round above the thumb. Due to the pattern repeat, they come in one size only.

The yarn used for this set was from the West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran range: dark grey for the background, and a contrast of fun self-striping yarn in red. A 100 g ball of each colour was used for the set, with some to spare.

There is a matching Tintern beret, and the whole set can be worked from 200 g of yarn, one ball of each colour.

The whole set was originally published in “Knit Now” issue 125, using Rowan Kid Classic (2 balls of 50 g Cherry Red as main colour and 2 balls of 50 g Cement as contrast). Rowan are gratefully acknowledged for yarn support. Using Rowan Kid Classic, a full set (beret and mittens) as well as a set with the colours reversed can be worked from 200 g yarn.