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Woodland Mittens Digital Knitting Pattern

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The original inspiration for Woodland Mittens was a hat that I designed a few years ago for the Ravelry Designer’s Challenge, based on a woodland theme. This stitch pattern brought to my mind the image of moss in the knots of trees, with it’s double-moss stitch enclosed within the cable sections.

I thought that the stitch pattern also would work well for a pair of mittens, and so, these mittens were born! The mittens are knit from the 1 by 1 ribbed cuff up and the thumb is done with a side-seam thumb gusset. The cable motif continues through the top decreases of the mitten.

The mittens are mirrored, with a different left-hand and right-hand mitten. Each mitten has a cable pattern on the back of the hand and a slipped-stitch textured palm. The extra yarn on the palm helps keep the hand warm and provides an additional layer against friction and wear (as well as providing help in making snowballs!)

The sample was knit in Baa Ram Ewe’s Dovestone DK, which is a DK-weight blend of several different breeds of sheep’s wool. If you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest something with a mostly wool content, with at last 50% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) if possible.You could use a sport-weight yarn in substitution, but I’d suggest a DK-weight if possible. Please bear in mind that the two larger sizes may require two skeins of recommended yarn, depending on your exact gauge.

This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes the written instruction.  Pattern has been tech-edited.

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Sizes Available: Four:
Hand Circumference: 6.5 (7, 8, 9) inches, 16.5, (18, 20, 23) cm.
Cuff/Ribbing Length: 2.75 (2.75, 3, 3.25) inches 7 (7, 7.5, 8.25) cm.

Materials Required:
153 to 310 yards (140 to 284 meters) of DK-weight yarn.
Sample Shown in Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK,  (100% British Wool) (50% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL), 25% Masham, 25% Wensleydale) in "Eccup" 1 (1, 1, 2) skeins.

3 Stitch markers in contrasting colours
2 Cable needles
Tapestry needle
Stitch holder or scrap yarn

Gauge for Pattern:
20 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stocking stitch

Techniques Used:
Slipped stitches
Decreases: k2tog; ssk; p2tog; p2tog tbl; Sl2. p1, p2sso.
Increases: m1
Twisted stitches: p2tog tbl
Working cables with a cable needle
Long tail cast on method
Backwards loop cast on method
Working small circumferences in the round

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Newest Update: October 21, 2020

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mage Descriptions:
Image 1:  Someone wearing cabled mittens, with their hands wrapped around a lamp post. The mittens have a cable pattern on the back of the mitten, with the cables enclosing double-moss stitch.
Image 2:  A close up of the cable stitch on the back of the mittens.
Image 3: Someone wearing the mittens while gripping a pole. The mittens have a cable pattern on the back of the hand, set on a background of reverse stocking stitch.
Image 4: A mitten lying palm-up. There is a slipped stitch pattern on the palm.]
Image 5: A knitted mitten laying palm-down. There is a knotted cable pattern on the back of the mitten.
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