The idea for these mittens was originally a structural one: why not put all the increases for the thumb gusset on one side, to make a more form-fitting shape? The final result is a cozy pair of mirror-image mittens, with a tall and skinny cable up the back. The cable pattern reminded me of the shape of the spruce trees we have here in interior Alaska, where warm mittens are a necessity eight months of the year. Enjoy!
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted, 1 skein “Burgundy”
Needles: set of five US #7 (4.5 mm) needles, double pointed (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Notions: tapestry needle, 3 stitch markers, one cable needle
Gauge: 18 stitches, 24 rows for 4 inch (10.2 cm) x 4 inch (10.2 cm) block in stockinette stitch
Finished measurements: 4 inches (10.2 cm) wide (across palm), 111/4 inches (28.6 cm) tall (including 3 inch (7.6 cm) cuff); designed to fit hand with 71/2 inch (19 cm) palm circumference with 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) positive ease