Sometimes, one skein of String Theory Colorworks yarn won’t suffice.
I like a good self-striping yarn, but this self-striping yarn is EVERYTHING, honey. I am GAGGING!
Note: One skein of Momentum will make a pair of nearly elbow-length mitts. That said: If you, like me, believe that more is more, try alternating two skeins. There! That solves the problem of choosing which colorway to purchase!
As you can see, I started both mitts with Tourmaline (orange/green/violet) and worked an entire stripe sequence, then I worked an entire stripe sequence in Maillard Reaction (gold/black/brown), and then I worked another stripe sequence in Tourmaline. I finished off my first mitt using Maillard Reaction. I started my second mitt (on the left) the same way, but my yarn was at a different point in the stripe sequence for the Maillard Reaction because of where I finished the first mitt. So I just rolled with this and made fraternal mitts.
Depending on your personality, you can use two (or more!) skeins of self-striping yarn to make an identical pair (just pay attention!), a fraternal pair (like mine; paying attention not so critical), or two completely different color progressions.
Approximately 270 yds (1 skein) String Theory Colorworks Momentum Self Striping (100% Merino wool; 274 yds/100g per skein)
Sample shown in Tourmaline and Maillard Reaction.
Set of 4 Size 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
3 stitch markers
Working in the round; basic increases; picking up stitches
Approximately 8 inches in circumference around widest part of palm and 14 inches long (from cuff to top of fingers).
To make a larger mitt, go up one needle size; to make a snugger mitt, go down one needle size.
24 sts and 36 rnds = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, blocked
Using long-tail method, CO 54 sts. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Place marker to indicate beg of rnd.
Knit until piece measures 5 inches, or 4 inches less than desired length to wrist, changing colors when desired throughout the pattern.
Decrease Rnd: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, ssk—52 sts.
Knit 8 rnds.
Repeat previous 9 rnds 3 times—4 decrease rnds total; 46 sts.
Setup Rnd: K12, pm, m1R, pm, knit to end of rnd—47 sts; 1 st in gusset.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Knit to m, sm, m1R, k1, m1L, knit to end of rnd—49 sts; 3 sts in gusset.
Rnd 3: As Rnd 1.
Rnd 4: Knit to m, sm, m1R, knit to m, m1L, sm, knit to end of rnd—2 sts increased in gusset.
Repeat (Rnds 3 and 4) 6 times—17 sts in gusset.
On the next rnd, put the 17 gusset sts on a stitch holder or length of waste yarn and remove markers. CO 4 sts in their place—50 sts.
Continue to work in the round until piece measures 5.5 inches from beginning of thumb gusset or desired length (this might be determined by your stripe sequence). BO loosely.
Return thumb sts to 3 double-pointed needles; then rejoin yarn and knit around them, picking up and knitting 4 additional sts where the thumb joins the body of the mitt—21 sts.
Knit until thumb measures 1.5 inches or desired length. BO loosely.
Weave in ends. Wet block to measurements.
BO bind off
CO cast on
k2tog knit 2 sts together
m1L Insert left needle from front to back under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st on left needle. Knit this strand through the back loop.
m1R Insert left needle from back to front under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st on left needle. Knit this strand through the front loop.
sm slip marker
ssk slip, slip, knit
Because I couldn’t buy ALL the Momentum, I paired some skeins as suggestions: