Saturday, January 23, 2010

Week Four: Lady Susan

Visions of Susan Sto Helit danced in my head as I was designing these mitts. The result may not exactly suit everyone's favorite neo-Goth Mary Poppins, but I like them anyway.

These are really very simple to knit. It's the little details that make them worthwhile--the lacy cast-on, the ruffled bind-off, the splash of color in the flower petals. I hope you enjoy them.

Lady Susan Quartet

Lady Susan is a simple pair of mitts worked in the round with a gusset thumb. It has a lacy decorative cast-on and bind-off, which are described step-by-step in the pattern. The stem of the flower is worked as you go, and the petals stitched on afterwards.

Price: $4.50 (USD)

Yarn: You will need approximately 135 yards of a worsted-weight yarn in a solid or semisolid colorway for best results. (Pictured: Patons Classic Wool in Black – worsted, 1 skein / 100g / 223 yards, 100% wool)


  • 4 US size 5 needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • stitch holder or waste yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • 2 yards scrap yarn in a contrasting color

Gauge: 4 inches = 22 sts / 34 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Wrist circumference is 7” flat, 8” stretched. Circumference may be adjusted by adding or subtracting the number of cast-on stitches. Extra stitches should be distributed evenly on either side of the thumb (thumb should always be half the total # of stitches away from the flower stem.)

Length (cuff to top) is 7.5”. Cuff length may be adjusted by adding or subtracting rows from the stem above or below the leaf. Hand length may be adjusted by adding rows of purls above the bobble before the top cuff, or subtracting rows from the top cuff.