I don’t like to think that summer is coming to a close, but the signs are all around: leaves are beginning to change color, evenings are getting shorter. Some recent mornings have been almost too chilly for having my breakfast outdoors.
Almost, but not quite. Fingerless mitts can help extend the “dining al fresco” season just a bit. And so I offer you my newest pattern: Leaves of Three, a pair of beaded lace fingerless mitts. It's now available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.
Pattern: Leaves of Three, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Quince & Co. Tern (75% wool, 25% silk; 221yd/202m per 50g skein); color: Sea Grass
Needles: US #2/2.75mm
The rhyme about poison ivy (“Leaves of three / Let it be”) provided the inspiration for the pattern name. Aside from the leaves, the mitts have several threes or multiples of threes in them--12 ruffled bells at the cuff, three beads in each leaf, a knit one/ purl three ribbing … and probably something else that I’m forgetting!
I used a 16-inch circular needle to start and later switched to dpns (you cast on many stitches, then gradually decrease them away as you knit the cuff). However, you could also use Magic Loop or whichever method you prefer for working in the round. The beads are placed using the crochet hook method and instructions are provided, so don’t be put off if knitting with beads is new to you. The lace stitch patterns are provided in charted form.
Friends whose hands ranged from small to large tried these on, and the mitts fit them all quite well. The pattern provides instructions for one size knit in fingering weight yarn; it comfortably fits hand circumferences of 6 to 7.5 inches. You could tweak the fit by going down or up a needle size, using light fingering weight yarn, or using sportweight yarn.
For my sample, I used Quince & Co.’s Tern, a fingering weight wool/silk blend. The mitts are soft and warm, and have a subtle, distinctive sheen. Wearing them definitely makes you feel less sad about summer’s fading warmth.
Many thanks to Leslie and Betsey for modeling, and to Katherine for tech editing.
If you have a long weekend ahead, I hope it’s splendid!