14 December 2013


Side by Side fingerless mitten knitting pattern from Katya Frankel
photo (c) Kat Goldin
A few months ago I happened to be working with some Manos Silk blend on a completely different project that required a lot of swatching. As a result I ended up with a number of stitch patterns that were no longer needed but looked fab paired together and too good to be wasted. If you aren't familiar with Manos silk blend, it's a lovely round singles yarn, meaning that a strand only consists of one single ply. It is twisted onto itself a little but it's not plied with another strand of yarn. The fabric silk blend produces is very soft and has a little sheen to it, with well defined stitches that look great in texture and in smooth stocking stitch alike.
I really like how the little cabled twists are sitting atop of garter, almost popping off it. The pattern comes in three sizes, with each one of them requiring under 150 yards / 135 m of DK weight yarn.

Side by Side mitts
These mitts are knit in the round using a round DK weight singles yarn. The pattern features Stocking stitch, thumb gussets and a narrow cable running along the back of the hand that is trimmed with garter stitch on either side.

  • Finished Measurements – 6 ½ (7 ¼, 8) in / 16.5 (18.5, 20.5) cm in circumference, not including thumb gusset. Designed to be worn with approximately ½ - ¾ in / 1.5-2 cm of negative ease.
  • Skill Level – Intermediate – working in the round on double pointed needles, backward loop cast on (basic instructions included), picking up stitches, simple increases and finishing.
  • Yarn – 1 skein of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% wool / 30% silk, 150 yards / 135 m / 50 g skein) #2246 Substitute with approximately 120 (130, 140) yards / 110 (120, 130) m of DK weight yarn which knits to the specified gauge. Yarn amounts might differ slightly depending on the yarn composition.
  • Materials and Notions – Size 4 mm (US6) double pointed needles or size required to obtain correct gauge. Cable needle, stitch markers, waste yarn or a small stitch holder, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge – 22 sts and 30 rnds = 4 in (10 cm) over Stocking stitch knit in the round. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge.

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