Year of Mittens: December Mitten

December 1st is here! Winter temperatures have finally hit Philadelphia, and we’re delighted to have a new pile of mittens to choose from when braving the colder temperatures.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

The December Mittens are built for warmth, durability and comfort. Inspired by traditional gansey patterning, the cuff of the mitten begins with a Channel Island Cast On, a traditional, firm cast on with slight texture that is commonplace in many Gansey deisgns.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

The top of the hand is worked in a traditional gansey pattern, and the palm utilizes a texturized broken ribbing. Much like the original gansey garments, these mittens are worked at a slightly denser gauge, which provides a nice, structured fabric on both front and back.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

I originally envisioned the mittens in Derwentwater, as navy is a traditional color of ganseys, but when we received our new Cumbria Fingering colors for fall, I knew the final sample had to be made in the new mid-tone blue, Coniston.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN: The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering: Coniston, 1 skein.
GAUGE: 30 sts + 48 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in broken rib pattern, after blocking.
NEEDLES:
1 - set US 1 (2.25 mm) dpns.
NOTIONS: Stitch marker, tapestry needle.
SIZE: 10.75” (27.25 cm) total length, 8.25” (21 cm) circumference.
SKILLS: Working knit/purl patterning from charts, Channel Island Cast-On.

USEFUL TIPS:
• For a tutorial on the Channel Island Cast On, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on working from charts, visit our Charts Series here
• For a tutorial on cabling without a cable needle, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on picking up stitches from waste yarn to work the mitten thumb, visit our tips and tricks here.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

You can buy the individual pattern via our pattern page here, or on Ravelry here. If you are a subscriber to the full year of patterns, your update notification should be waiting for you in your inbox!

Designer Feature: Second Grace by Bristol Ivy

Bristol Ivy's latest pattern Second Grace is a departure from her typical designs that feature lovely geometric details and unique stitch combinations. Designed using The Fibre Co. Cumbria, Second Grace is a pullover with a simple shape featuring an intricate colorwork yoke.

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The design's name was inspired by Nick Drake's Second Grace album, which I'm thoroughly enjoying while writing this blog post. 

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If you attended Rhinebeck last month you may have spotted Bristol in her Second Grace sweater. Maybe, like Meghan, you were able to rub elbows and get yourself a photo with her too? I still wish I could have checked out the festival. There's always next year! 

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SPECIFICATIONS
YARN: The Fibre Co. Cumbria: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins in Nutkin (MC), 1 skein in Appleby Castle, 1 skein in Buttermere, 1 skein in Castlerigg, 1 skein in Helvellyn, 1 skein in Scafell Pike, 1 skein in Windermere
GAUGE: 19.5 sts and 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch in middle needle, after blocking
NEEDLES: US 7 / 4.5 mm,  US 8 / 5 mm, and US 5 / 3.75 mm.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 31.25 (34.5, 36, 39.5, 42.75, 46, 49.25, 50.75, 54.25, 55.75, 59)”/ 79 (87.5, 91.5, 100, 108.5, 116.5, 125, 129, 137.5, 141.5, 150) cm bust circumference, after blocking
Sample shown in size 39.5” / 100 cm with 2.5” of positive ease.

You can view more images and purchase the pattern via the listing on Ravelry here
For a LYS that may carry The Fibre Co. Cumbria, visit our stockist page here

I want to knit this and am adding it to my queue stat! What colors would you choose? 

Photography by Leah B. Thibault