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January 4, 2012
Handspun Striped Mittens

Off to a good start for the NaKniMitMo KAL (a great place for mitten inspiration this month!) I started these in November, but they've been sitting around without thumbs or tips for almost 2 months. I decided I had to finish this pair and one other partially done pair before starting and new mittens! LOVE them :)

Handspun Striped Mittens

Started with 2 beautiful braids of Fat Cat Knits Handpainted Falkland Wool

Falkland Fiber

Spun each bump into regular 3 ply yarn- each skein is 62 grams (2.1 ounces)/132 yards

Handspun Falkland

and knit these simple striped mittens - Alternating 2 colors and always carrying the same color on top/bottom creates ridges that look like one color has been knit above the other - looks kind of like corduroy. (I kept the orange dominant and stranded a little more tightly than usual which gave these great dimension!)

Handspun Striped Mittens

Pattern: "Striped Mittens" from Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen
Yarn: 84 grams (2.9 ounces) 3 ply Handspun Fat Cat Knits Falkland Wool in "Early American" (October 2011 Mixed Blessing Fiber Club)
Needles: US 3 for cuff and US4 for remainder of mitten
Size: Medium - cast on 52 stitches using Maine Method

Handspun Striped Mittens

Next pair should be done shortly - I'm several inches past the thumb gusset - then on to some brand new mittens!

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