Alison Crowther-Smith

‘Spirit’ Mitts

Spirit Mitts flat Spirit Mitts thumb and wrist

I designed these for my 2014 Halloween workshop, and so I can release the pattern.  The Spirit Mitts (also known as Life-Blood when knitted with blood-red beads) draw their design inspiration from Gothic drama.  There is snug rib and ribbon threaded through eyelets at the cuff, redolent of a Victorian corset vibe; there is also a beaded section at the cuff and the fingers, plus a lace and bead side feature to the thumb.

They are however, very practical as well as pretty.  Rowan Pure Wool 4 Ply, which I used, is washable.  Even Gothic heroines will wish to wash their mittens…

The pattern gives you two sizes, the first size being the one most likely to fit a small to medium female hand.  The mitts are fingerless.

They are knitted in the round on double pointed needles, but you can knit them in the round on two short circular needles or by ‘magic loop’ if you prefer.  I rate them as moderately easy.

Skills used:

  • knitting in the round
  • rib
  • simple decreasing
  • placing beads
  • simple increasing
  • picking up and knitting for the thumb gusset

You will need:

  • 1 x 50 g ball of Rowan Pure Wool 4 Ply (I used black; I had 6 g left over from the second size, but if you wanted to significantly lengthen them, you may need 2 balls)
  • approx 300 beads, size 6
  • approx 1.5 meters of satin ribbon, 10 mm wide
  • a set of 3 mm DPNs
  • 3 stitch markers
  • large safety pin or length of waste yarn

Cost:  £4

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