Rustic Silk Mitts

by Craig on December 15, 2008

Update: We no longer carry Hand Jive Rustic Silk yarn at Loop. It’s a unique and beautiful yarn that I encourage you to try if you find it. The mitts can be made with any chunky yarn that yields 3 stitches per inch in stockinette.

Laura and I stopped in our tracks when we saw Rustic Silk yarn hanging in Hand Jive Knits’ booth at the summer yarn market. The combination of the organic texture of the tussah silk and the natural dye colors is spectacular. I think we ordered it before we knew anything about it!

Rustic Silk Mitt

I fell in love again when the yarn arrived in the shop and wanted to knit with it right away. I wound a hank of the amethyst and began swatching. Later that night, I bound off the first Rustic Silk Mitt.

Rustic Silk Mitt

Silk is surprisingly warm, so the mitts are as practical as they are beautiful. They make a lovely gift and knit up in no time.

RUSTIC SILK MITTS

SIZE
7” hand circumference

MATERIALS
1 hank of Hand Jive Knits Rustic Silk yarn
1 set of 5 size 10 dpns

GAUGE
3 sts = 1 inch

ABBREVIATIONS
k knit
inc increase

PATTERN
CO 22 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Knit all rounds for 6.5 inches.

Begin Thumb Gusset
Round 1
K1, inc 1, K1, inc 1, knit to end of round.

Rounds 2+3
Knit.

Round 4
K1, inc 1, k3, inc 1, knit to end of round.

Rounds 5+6
Knit.

Round 7
K1, inc 1, k5, inc 1, knit to end of round.

Round 8,
K1, slip next 7 sts to holder to be used for thumb, cast on 2 stitches, knit to end of round.

Hand
K every round for 3 inches.
Bind off loosely.

Thumb
Slip stitches from holder to 2 needles. Using a third needle, pick up 4 stitches from the body of the mitten, placing a marker after the 2nd stitch. This is the new beginning of the round.

K until thumb measures 1.5 inches.
Bind off loosely.

Weave in ends.
Make second mitt.

Enjoy!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Susanne December 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm

I’m knitting these right now! I noticed that the ball band describes the fiber as “tussah silk”. Could you explain what that is?

Craig December 27, 2008 at 9:40 am

Tussah silk comes from worms that eat from a variety of trees, as opposed to worms that eat only from mulberry trees. For more on yarn and fiber, check out The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. It’s excellent!

Susanne December 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Good idea! I have that book – I don’t know why I didn’t think to look there first. Thanks for the info.

Missy February 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I’m making these with Misti Alpaca Chunky. There’s 109 yds to the hank. Will one hank make the two mitts ?

Craig February 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

I don’t know if you’ll have enough yarn, Missy. The Rustic Silk has 142 yards per hank and the Misti only has 109. Give it a try!

Missy February 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

109 yds turned out to be plenty with a bit left over

Craig February 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Great. Thanks for letting me know!

Missy Stevens March 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Can you advise me on how to change these so that they’ll fit a man ?

Missy March 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

can you help me translate this pattern to make a man’s mitt ?

Craig March 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

You can make the pattern larger by adding stitches – every 3 stitches will add 1 inch of circumference – or by using a larger needle.

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