Branch Out … A Simple Colorwork Pair of Mittens

Ok I will admit that I’m scared to death of colorwork and intarsia.  Why, I haven’t a clue but I am.  With that being said, I have decided it is high time to try a simple pattern that really isn’t to scary to read and understand.

For my very first every colorwork project, that also includes intarsia,  I’ve chosen Jagged Ridge Mittens by Kiyomi Burgin.  I ordered my Lettlopi yarn from The Woolly Thistle, which arrived this week and I’m so excited to get started.

Courtesy of Kiyomi Burgin

From the Designer’s Page:  These mittens are great for the knitter looking to explore different methods of colour work and finishing techniques all in one project. Think of these mittens as a sampler project in colour work techniques! Use scrap yarn for the CC colours in contrasting or monochromatic shades, and these mittens will keep your hands toasty from winter through to early spring.  Mittens are worked flat and seamed down the outer side. The tips are grafted with kitchener stitch, and thumb stitches are put on waste yarn and worked later in the round. The band of diamonds at the wrist are worked in stranded knitting while the medallion near the tip is worked using intarsia and duplicate stitch

The colors I chose for this project are as follows:

MC:  #1419 Barley   

CC:  #0053 Acorn Heather  
CC2:  #0086 Light Beige Heather  
CC3:  #9427 Rust Heather  

From the Woolly Thistle’s website:
Lettlopi yarn is famous and loved for it’s lightness and warmth. Lettlopi is ideal for knitting garments that will be comfortable to wear both indoors and outdoors.    This yarn is worsted/aran weight that is 100% new Icelandic wool and comes in skeins of  50g/approx 109 yards.

I’ve never knitted with Lettlopi, so I think this will be a fun project and one to ease me gently into colorwork before I start something larger, like  Tecumseh.

Until next time ~ be creative!


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