The leafy design of these mittens were inspired by my favourite tree, the Silver Birch (Betula pendula). Native across Northern Europe, the birch is a hardy pioneer species. One of the first trees to appear, it’s roots bringing scarse nutrients into the tree. When the tree sheds its leaves these nutrients are recyled, enriching the soil. In summer its leaves create a fluttering dappled canopy, casting a light shade that allows other plants to grow, supporting many species of birds and animals. In winter its white bark striped with slashes of black stand out monochrome. The birch symbolises renewal and purification. Bundles of birch twigs were used to drive out the spirits of the old year and gardeners still use the birch besom, or broom, to cleanse their gardens.
The mittens are worked using two colour stranded knitting beginning at the cuff with a corrugated rib. The thumb is worked afterthought using a placeholder opening.
These mittens make the perfect project for learning stranded knitting technique.
One size to fit average hand. Actual circumference 20cm. Size can be adjusted up or down by adjusting gauge with different needle sizes
25 sts and 37 rounds to 10cm over stocking stitch in the round.
Yarn: 1 skein of Fibreworkshop Limited edition Norfolk horn 4ply Natural (100% wool / 50g /approx 150m)
2 skeins Fibreworkshop Limited edition Norfolk horn natural dyed 4ply (25g / approx 70m) colourway Green
Needles: 3.5mm dpn (suggested needle size only)
Notions: Waste yarn; Stitch markers