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Spiced Cocoa

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    • Knitting pattern for multi-gauge, multi-size fingerless mitts suitable for both men and women
    • Suitable for advanced beginners

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    Stockinette and reverse stockinette separated by a slanting line of twisted stitches add texture and interest to these fingerless mitts.

    DK, worsted, or aran weight yarn may be used, depending on the size desired and your individual gauge. Medium sample shown was knit with worsted weight (madelinetosh MCN Worsted) on 4.0 mm/US 6 needles. Large sample was knit with aran weight (madelinetosh Chunky) on 4.5 mm/US 7 needles.

    Skills needed: long-tail cast-on; knitting in the round with a small circumference using dpns, magic loop, or two circulars; right and left twists; increasing; decreasing; picking up stitches (just four!)

    A note about needles: I knit the mitts using two circulars (my personal favorite method for small circumferences) and used three DPNs to knit the thumbs while the hand was still on the needles.This gave me a nice thumb gusset with no holes and no mid-knit cast-on.

    Sizes: small (fits above-thumb hand circumference of 17-20 cm), medium (fits 19-21.5 cm), and large (fits 21-24 cm)

    Gauge (in blocked stockinette): for small, 20 stitches and 30 rounds to 10 cm; for medium, 18 stitches and 28 rounds to 10 cm; for large, 16 stitches and 24 rounds to 10 cm

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • 90 m DK weight yarn for small mitts, 95 m worsted weight yarn for medium mitts, and 110 m aran weight yarn for large mitts
    • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles for small mitts, 4 mm/US 6 needles for medium mitts, and 4.5 mm/US 7 needles for large mitts, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need DPNs, two circulars, or a long circular for the magic loop method
    • Second set of needles for thumb gusset. Sample was worked on two circulars with DPNs used for gusset
    • Stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends