by Fiona Alice
Keep warm without sacrificing functionality with the elegant pragmatism of the Ballantine mitts. A dense, cabled braid anchors the top of these fingerless mitts, fading to small twists on the palm for fuss-free, everyday use. Slightly elongated cuffs are perfect for tucking into your coat sleeve, while a thumb gusset provides just the right fit — all in Arbor’s springy Targhee wool or Dapple’s dreamy blend of Organic Cotton and Merino.
Please note: the stitch patterns used for this accessory include written as well as charted instructions.
Mitts are worked circularly from the bottom up. A thumb gusset is worked and then stitches for the thumb are set aside to be worked in the round after the remainder of the hand is finished.
Two size options, small and large, are provided.
6 (7)”/15 (18) cm circumference at palm
8¾ (10)”/22 (25.5) cm long
Brooklyn Tweed Arbor — 100% American Targhee Wool (145 yards/132 meters per 50 grams)
2 (2) skein(s)
Photographed in Arbor Fleet in size Large
Brooklyn Tweed Dapple — 60% Merino Wool, 40% Organic Cotton (165 yards/151 meters per 50 grams)
1 (2) skein(s)
Note: The small size uses exactly one skein of Dapple. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein due to variations in individual work.
Photographed in Dapple Natural in size Small
165 (220) total yards 151 (201) meters of DK weight wool or wool/cotton blend yarn
34 stitches & 28 rounds = 4”/10 cm in Cable Pattern with Size A needle(s), unstretched, after blocking
Size A (for Main Fabric)
One set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)
Size B (for Ribbing Rounds)
One set of DPNs, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Video — Directional M1 Increases
Video — Cabling Without a Cable Needle
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