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Project Idea: Temperance Mitts

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We have so enjoyed seeing the love that the Temperance Shawl has received! Whether you participated in the Malabrigo KAL in April or just saw what a beautiful pattern it was, it has been such a joy to see all of the projects you’ve been working on! So, when we saw these Temperance Mitts we knew that we had to share them with you! 

Inspired by the shawl design, this FREE pattern is perfect for using up any leftover yarn from your Temperance Shawl or mini skeins or really any bits and bobs in your stash! Ideal for an advanced beginner but interesting enough for advanced knitters, we have a feeling if you try this pattern, you won’t make just one pair!

Pair of hands wearing fingerless mittens in shades of blue.©Mone Dräger

The fingerless mitten is the perfect accessory for in between temperatures, for texting and for keeping hands warm while knitting! The Temperance Mitts infuse the style of the inspiration shawl by incorporating a twisted rib cuff and thumb, two color shifting stripe sections and a garter eyelet lace middle. The designer, Mone, does mention that she reversed Colors 2 and 3 to ensure she had enough yarn. (A good reminder to always weigh your yarn or have a good idea of how much you have when making a pair!) If you are indeed using leftovers from your shawl, your amounts may vary due to personal gauge and/or any modifications you made to the shawl pattern.

Pair of hands wearing fingerless mittens in shades of blue.©Mone Dräger

We also have to mention that Mone’s choice of where to put the textures is so smart. The twisted rib and first set of stripes at the wrist make for a snug fit - easy to tuck into a sleeve and keep cool breezes from getting in. Moving into the garter eyelet section, this provides an extra bit of cushion on the palm of your hand - wouldn’t that be nice when driving or carrying a picnic basket? Finally, the last section of stripes will again be snugger on your fingers with a bit of twisted rib at the top to finish it off and help keep the mitt in place. Oh how we love when practical meets pretty!

Pair of hands wearing fingerless mittens in shades of blue.©Mone Dräger

If we’ve convinced you to give these mitts a try, the basic information you’d need to get started is below. If you’ve already done the shawl, you’ll have little trouble working through the various textures. If you haven’t made the shawl, we are happy to help if you haven’t worked any of the stitches or done any intarsia work. Just give us a call or stop by the shop!

Pair of hands wearing fingerless mittens in shades of blue.©Mone Dräger

Pattern: Temperance Mitts
Designer: Mone Dräger
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Yarn Weight: Light Fingering
Suggested Yarns: Malabrigo Sock (Superwash Merino)
Tools Needed: 

Techniques Required: 

  • Working in the round
  • Changing colors
  • Garter stitch
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Eyelets
  • Twisted ribbing
  • Intarsia (for thumb)

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