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garden gem

Garden Gem by Sabine Riefler

The main pattern of these mitts imitates a secret garden or “Hortus conclusus”. Often a symbol of purity and a new beginning, it is also a place of retreat and reflection, a place to conclude a day and relax after the day's toils.

The leaf pattern is worked up in the accompanying shawlette. Both make ideal companions for late summer and early autumn evenings. Mitts and Shawl will use exactly one skein of Cherry Tree Hill Sockyarn! They also make an excellent gift.

 

Sizes

One size

Yarn

Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, (100 % superwash merino, 420 yd (385 meters) / 114 g skein), Color: Blues/Greens; 1 skein

Needles

US#1 - 1 set double-point needles
US#3 - 1 circular needle

Gauge

32 sts and 43 rnds = 4” in St st using US#1 needle.

Notions

2 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

s3: slip 3rd stitch on left needle over the two sts to its right, k1, yo, k1

dec4: Sl1 pwise, sl2 kwise. Sl stitch 2 from the lefthand needle over stitch 1. Sl1 purlwise. Sl stitch 2 from the righthand needle over stitch 1. Sl1 from right needle to left.  Sl stitch 2 from the lefthand needle over stitch 1. Sl1 pwise. Sl stitch 2 from the righthand needle over stitch 1. Sl1 from right needle to left.
Work an s3.  4 sts dec'd, 3 sts between the two purl columns.

Rose Bud Pattern

Rnds 1 & 2: [k3 p2]
Rnd 3: [s3, p2]
Rnds 4, 5 & 6: [k3 p2]

Note
The cuff pattern is worked throughout for the palm. Keep continuity of pattern even while you are working leave pattern for the back of hand.

If you make a longer cuff you will need another skein of yarn to make the shawlette, too.

If your set has 6 needles, you may wish to put the leaf pattern stitches on a separate needle.

Mitts

Left Hand

CO 60 sts onto one dpn. Distribute sts as follows: Needles 1 and 3: 16 sts, needles 2 and 4: 14 sts. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist.

Rnds 1-4: k1, *p2 , k3, rep from * until 4 sts rem, p2, k2..

Change to Cuff Chart and work 5 reps of cuff pattern (approx. 3.5 ”), ending with Rnd 2. If you desire a longer mitt, work more repeats.

Gusset

Work Leaf Chart over needles 1 and 2 and cont Cuff Pattern over needles 3 and 4. At the same time work gusset at the end of needle 4 as follows:

Rnd 1
: Pm, m1
Rnd 2: K all gusset sts
Rnd 3: Sm, m1, k1, m1
Rnd 4: K all gusset sts
Rnd 5: Sm, m1, k to end of gusset sts, m1
Rnd 6: K all gusset sts

Repeat Rnds 5 and 6 until you have a total of 23 gusset sts, then continue in St st until you have finished Rnd 32 of Leaf Pattern. Put gusset sts on a stitch holder.

Rejoin other sts in the rnd and finish Leaf Pattern.

Bind off loosely or use the Decrease Bindoff {see our tutorial}.

Thumb

Evenly space 23 gusset sts onto 3 dpns, pick up 2 sts at join ridge, pm for beg of rnd.

Round 1: *p2 , k3, rep from * to end of rnd.

Work 8 rnds in Cuff Pattern begin on rnd 3, working first and fourth  knit rib in Rose Bud pattern. Bind off loosely or use the Decrease Bindoff {see our tutorial}.

Right Hand

CO 60 sts onto one dpns. Distribute sts as follows: Needles 1 and 3: 16 sts, needles 2 and 4: 14 sts. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Rnds 1-4: k1,  *p2 , k3, rep from * until 4 sts rem, p2, k2..

Change to Cuff Pattern and work 5 reps of cuff pattern (approx. 3.5 ”), ending with Rnd 8. If you desire a longer mitt, work more repeats

Gusset

Work Leaf Pattern over needles 1 and 2,and cont Cuff Pattern over needles 3 and 4. At the same time work gusset at the end of needle 2 as follows:

Round 1: Pm, m1
Round 2: K all gusset sts
Round 3: Slip marker, m1, k1, m1
Round 4: K all gusset sts
Round 5: Slip marker, m1, k to end of gusset sts, m1
Round 6: K all gusset sts

Repeat Rnds 5 and 6 until you have a total of 23 gusset sts, then continue in St st until you have finished Rnd 32 of Leaf Pattern. Put gusset sts on a stitch holder.

Rejoin other sts in the rnd and finish Leaf Pattern. Keep continuity of cuff pattern for palm.
Bind off loosely or use the Decrease Bindoff (see our tutorial here http://www.knotions.com/issues/commotions/socks_2009/articles/decrease_bindoff.aspx).

Thumb

Evenly space 23 sts onto 3 dpns , pick up 2 sts at join ridge, pm for beg of rnd.

Rnd 1: *p2 , k3, rep from * to end of rnd.

Work 8 rnds in Cuff Pattern, beginning with rnd 3. First and fourth knit rib are worked in Rose Bud pattern. Bind off loosely or use the Decrease Bindoff {see our tutorial}.

Shawl

CO 3 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Kf&b, k1, kf&b; 5 sts
Row 2 (WS): K1, kf&b, k1, kf&b, k1; 7 sts
Row 3: K1, kf&b, k3, kf&b, k1; 9 sts
Row 4: K4, yo, p1, yo, k4; 11 sts
Row 5: k2, p2, yo, k3, yo, p2, k2; 13 sts
Row 6: K4,  yo, p5, yo, k4; 15 sts
Row 7: K2, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, k2; 17 sts
Row 8: K4, p3, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, p3, k4; 19 sts
Row 9: K2, p2, s3, p2, yo, k1, yo, p2, s3, p2, k2; 21 sts
Row 10: K4, p3, k2, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2, p3, k4; 23 sts
Row 11: K2, p2, k3, p2, yo, p2, k1, p2, yo, p2, k3, p2, k2; 25 sts
Row 12: K4, p3, k2, yo, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, yo, k2, p3, k4; 27 sts
Row 13: K2, p2, s3, p2, yo, k2, p2, m1, k1, m1, p2, k2, yo, p2, s3, p2, k2; 31 sts
Row 14: K4, p3, k2, yo,p3, k2, p3, k2,  p3, yo, k2, p3, k4; 33 sts
Row 15: K2, p2, k3, p2, yo, k4, p2, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p2,  k4, yo, p2, k3, p2, k2; 37 sts
Row 16: K4, p3, k2, yo,p5, k2, p5, k2,  p5, yo, k2, p3, k4; 39 sts
Row 17: K2, p2, s3, p2, yo, k6, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2,  k6, yo, p2, s3, p2, k2; 43 sts
Row 18: K4, p3, k2, yo,p7, k2, p7, k2,  p7, yo, k2, p3, k4; 45 sts
Row 19: K2, p2, k3, p2, yo, k8, p2, ssk, k3, k2tog, p2,  k8, yo, p2, k3, p2, k2; 45 sts
Row 20: K4, p3, k2, yo, p9, k2, p5, k2,  p9, yo, k2, p3, k4; 47 sts
Row 21: K2, p2, s3, p2, yo, k10, p2, ssk, k1, k2tog, p2,  k10, yo, p2, s3, p2, k2; 47 sts
Row 22: K4, p3, k2, yo, p11, k2, p3, k2,  p11, yo, k2, p3, k4; 49 sts
Row 23: K2, p2, k3, p2, yo, k12, p2, slip 2 knitwise, k1, psso, p2,  k12, yo, p2, k3, p2, k2; 49 sts
Row 24: K4, p3, k2, yo, p13, k5, p13, yo, k2, p3, k4; 51 sts.
Row 25: K2, p2, s3, p2, yo, k15, p3, k15, yo, p2, s3, p2, k2; 53 sts
Row 26: K4, p3, k2, yo, p17, k1, p17, yo, k2, p3, k4; 53 sts
Row 27: K2, p2, k3, p2, yo, k37, yo, p2, s3, p2, k2; 57 sts
Row 28: K4, p3, k2, yo, p39, yo, k2, p3, k4; 59 sts

You have now finished the Leaf Pattern and you will just work border pattern, starting on Row 29 with Row 1 of the Rose Bud Pattern. Sts in between borders are k on RS and p on WS as follows:

Next Row (RS): K2, p2, work row 1 of Rose Bud Pattern, pm, yo, k41, yo, pm, work row 1 of Rose Bud Pattern, p2, k2.

Next Row (WS): P2, k2, p3, k2, sm, yo, p to m, yo, sm, k2, p3, k2, p2.

Cont patt as set and increase 2 sts every row by working a yo after first marker and  before second marker.

Increase to 197 sts, then k 4 rows and keep increasing on every row. BO loosely. Block lightly.

Finishing

Weave in all loose ends.

About the Designer: Sabine Riefler

sabine rieflerSaRi has been a knitter for over 20 years now. She admits being a knitting addict and is thankful for audiobooks, because reading is her second major free-time occupation. Her musings on knitting can be read on her blog: www.sarismindfulknitting.blogspot.com!

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