My husband recently showed me the movie Braveheartfor the first time. He saw it quite young, as there's a Wallace somewhere way back on his mother's side and the film was deemed "family history". (You can imagine my amusement when my husband had to amend this while we were watching it with, "Hang on, the historically accurate part is coming up!")
Anyway, this means my Z has a claim, if she wants it, to wear the Wallace tartan. It may be better known to you as the Scotch tape tartan. The regular one is red, black, and yellow, but I prefer the "hunting" tartan, which swaps in green for the red.
This is all a long way to say, Look! Plaid baby mittens!
I tried to get a shot of Z modeling them, but trying to get a baby to hold her hands still, especially when there is something absolutely FASCINATING to her on them, is a losing proposition.
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Baby Wallace Mittens are plaid mittens with the look of a Scottish tartan. They are knit in the round with a set-in thumb. The tops are grafted closed using kitchener stitch (tutorial not included).
Yarn: You will need approximately 60 yards of a dk or light worsted weight yarn in the main color, 40 yards of dk or light worsted weight in a contrasting color, and 10 yards of dk or light worsted weight in another contrasting color for best results. (Pictured: Wendy Peter Pan Double Knit in green – DK, 1 skein / 50g / 186 yards, 55% nylon / 45% acrylic; Patons Classic Wool Merino in black – worsted, 1 skein / 100g / 223 yards, 100% merino; Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Dijon – worsted, 1 skein / 100g / 215 yards, 50% wool / 50% alpaca)
- 4 US size 2 double-pointed needles
- stitch marker (optional)
- waste yarn for thumbs
- tapestry needle
Gauge: 1 inch = 7 sts / 10 rows in stockinette
Finished Measurements: Finished mittens are approximately 5 inches long with a wrist circumference of approximately 5 inches and a thumb length of approximately 1.5 inches. They should fit the average 12-month-old baby.
Note on Sizing and Gauge: These are intended to be winter mittens and are worked at a very tight gauge. If you find the mittens to be turning out too large, it will be easier to switch to a lighter yarn rather than smaller needles. Conversely, if you wish to make children's mittens larger than the intended 12-month size, follow the pattern using slightly larger needles and heavier yarn.