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Soft Washed Herringbone Mitts

Soft Washed Herringbone Mitts

"Soft, squishy, Spinni."

The Churchmice have been passing these mitts all around the air conditioned office to keep their key-boarding and knitting fingers toasty. Dressed up by a handsome herringbone stitch, they’re knit flat, then seamed with a simple thumb slit. Slipped and stockinette stitches ladder diagonally across each palm—each mitt perfectly mirrored by the other!

Our mitts are supremely squishy in Isager Spinni Wool 1. Rooted in the knitting traditions of Denmark, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands, Spinni is a light, lace-weight yarn with a single-ply construction, distinct structure and precise stitch definition. We’ve taken the blocking of these mitts a step further by using a washing machine! The dense, springy fabric softens, blurs, and fuzzes ever so slightly. Of course, the agitation shrinks your wool, so be sure to swatch, swatch, swatch.

Click on the free pattern tab to see the pattern. Then choose a color below and get knitting. For a full selection of colors, head over to the Isager Spinni Wool 1 page.

FINISHED SIZE
Women's medium. Approx. 7 x 7½"/18 x 19cm.

YARN
1 skein Isager Spinni Wool 1 (330 yds/302m)

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) needle, or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (3.5mm) needles, or 2 sizes smaller than gauge needle.
Darning needle to finish.

GAUGE
Approx. 23 sts/44 rows = 4"/10cm in pattern ,yarn held doubled, before washing and blocking; 24 sts/48 rows = 4"/10cm after washing and blocking

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.


GLOSSARY: K = knit; KFB = knit into front then back of same st; P = purl; RS(s) = right side; Sl = slip purlwise; St(s) = stitch(es)WS = wrong side; YB = yarn back; YF = yarn forward.


FIRST MITT

Cast on: With smaller needles and yarn held double, using long-tail method, cast on 40 sts.

Cuff: Knit 32 rows. Change to larger needles and knit 1 row, using KFB to increase 4 sts evenly spaced across row. [44 sts]. Purl 1 row.

Herringbone pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K1, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 6 more times, K1.
Rows 2 & every WS row: K1, purl to last st, K1.
Row 3: K2, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 6 more times.
Row 5: *K3, YF ,Sl 3, YB*; repeat between * * 6 more times, K2.
Row 7: K4, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 5 more times, YF, Sl 3, YB, K1.
Row 9: K1, YF, Sl 1, YB, *K3, YF, Sl 3, YB*; repeat between * * 5 more times, K3, YF, Sl 2, YB, K1.
Rows 11: K1, YF, Sl 2, YB, *K3, YF, Sl 3, YB*; repeat between * * 5 more times, K3, YF, Sl 1, YB, K1.
Row 12 (WS): K1, purl to last st, K1. Repeat Rows 1-12 three more times. [48 rows total].

Edging: Change to smaller needles; knit 2 rows. Bind off; weave in ends.

SECOND MITT

Cuff: Work as first mitt.
Reverse herringbone pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K4, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 5 more times, YF, Sl 3, YB, K1.
Row 2 and every WS row: K1, purl to last st, K1.
Row 3: K3, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 5 more times, YF, Sl 3, YB, K2.
Row 5: K2, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 6 more times.
Row 7: K1, *YF, Sl 3, YB, K3*; repeat between * * 6 more times, K1.
Row 9: K1, YF, Sl 2, YB, *K3, YF, Sl 3, YB*; repeat between * * 5 more times, K3, YF, Sl 1, YB, K1.
Row 11: K1, YF, Sl 1, YB, *K3, YF, Sl 3, YB*; repeat between * * 5 more times, K3, YF, Sl 2, YB, K1.
Row 12 (WS): K1, purl to last st, K1.
Repeat Rows 1-12 three more times. [48 rows total].

Edging: Change to smaller needles; knit 2 rows. Bind off; weave in ends.

Finishing: Wash in machine set on light cycle, warm wash/cold rinse. Pin to finished measurements; allow to dry. With new yarn doubled and mattress st, seam from cast-on edge up for approx. 4"/10cm. With new yarn, seam from top down, leaving approx. 1½"/4cm thumb opening. Try on; adjust opening. Weave in ends.

Download printable "Soft Washed Herringbone Mitts" pdf pattern.

COLOR: 2s. Light grey heathered with cream.

COLOR: 10s. Heathered robin's egg.

COLOR: 16. Dusty teal.

COLOR: 15s. Heathered pea green.

COLOR: 1s. Heathered red brick.

COLOR: 17s. Heathered magenta.

COLOR: 52s. Heathered dusty mauve.

COLOR: 13s. Heathered warm grey.

COLOR: 4s. Heathered charcoal.

COLOR: 8s.Heathered cocoa brown.

COLOR: 7s. Heathered taupe.

COLOR: 6s. Heathered oatmeal.

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