Peppernut Mitts, designed as a companion to my Peppernut Shawl, are now available in my Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy pattern stores.
Pattern: Peppernut Mitts, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup Fingering, in the Pumice colorway
The Peppernut Mitts feature the same textured lace stitch that I used for the border of the shawl, but it's worked at a different gauge and is modified to fit comfortably around the thumb.
To make them, you'll need about 150 yards of fingering or light fingering weight yarn; for the sample, I used Stone Soup Fingering
in the Pumice colorway. This was my second time knitting up Stone Soup,
and I enjoyed it as much as the first—it's got such an appealing
combination of elegance and rustic beauty.
The pattern offers two size options: small (the wrist cuff
measures about 6.75mm/17 cm), and medium/large (wrist cuff measures
about 7.25 inches/18.5 cm). If you're making them for a child or someone
with especially slender hands—or if you prefer snug-fitting mitts—you
might want to use laceweight yarn and go down a needle size.
They're knit flat, blocked, and then seamed—quick to knit, and no dpns required!
You can purchase the mitts (and/or the shawl) separately, or get them together as an ebook set, at a discount. Maybe make the mitts now, as Christmas gifts, and cast on the shawl later for yourself?
Peppernut Mitts offer a simple, small-scale project for trying out the Estonian stitch called nupps. Don't let nupps scare you—they're really not difficult. Just be sure to work them loosely and use a needle with a pointy tip. If you're new to nupps, you might want to watch Knitting Daily's helpful video of Nancy Bush demonstrating how to knit them.
This pattern was truly a family affair: it was tech edited by my sister Jenny (MissouriTrouble on Ravelry) and modeled by my sister Betsey (betseysen on Ravelry). Everything crocheted in these photos was made by Betsey, as was the burlap bucket. Photo shoot entertainment was provided by Betsey's cat, Ash.
Thank you very much for reading!