. . . botanica . . .

Trying a new yarn, a very local one: Les moutons bruxellois.
The sheep are ‘zwartbles’ and the yarn is surprisingly soft and a very beautiful dark brown.
The second sheep is a bluefaced leicester 😀

This is how this collection started. I had 2 skeins of the zwartbles and one pair of gloves used exactly 1 skein. I had enough left for another pair…

with another flower, of course

And then, I couldn’t stop drawing and charting other flowers, 😀

another pair, this time as fingerless mits in another local and plant dyed yarn
I changed the dark color in the round where the flowerhead starts in the chart…

It gives this effect in the palm…
Another …
two pair of gloves and two pair of fingerless mitts …
Yet another flower… very tiny rounds on a very long needle
And another … Two more pairs of gloves
The whole collection: Botanica

I am ready for the cold …

Botanica is a pair of gloves or fingerless mittens knit seamlessly in the round from the cuff up to the fingers featuring a botanic illustration in stranded knitting.
The colorwork is charted only.

Choice between 6 different wildflower charts.

The gloves/mitts are fully charted per size and for left hand and right hand.
Tips on colorwork and stranded knitting included.

S/M/L Finished measurement hand circumference: 18 / 19 / 21 cm (7 / 7½ / 8¼”)
to fit hand circumference: 18 to 19 cm /19 to 20 cm /20.5 to 22cm ( 7 to 7½ “ / 7½ to 7¾ “ / 8 to 8½ “)

What you’ll need
fingering weight
Dark color: ± 200 m / 220 yards
Light color: ± 100 m / 110 yards
2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
3 markers
tapestry needle

34.5 sts and 38 rows in stranded pattern = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”

Read more about it here, here and here

. . . pythagoras’ mitts . . .

Matching fingerless mitts to go with Pythagoras’ beret. mitts mod 6
Pythagoras’ mitts are worked bottom up starting with a Latvian two-color cast on. Written instructions are included and a photo tutorial can be found in the separate pdf. It’s a lovely way to start colorwork, but you can use another cast on method if you prefer.


A special kind of increases is used to shape the thumb gusset.

mitts mod 4

Finished measurement hand circumference: S-M, L: 17 cm / 6¾”, 20 cm / 7¾” to fit hand circumference: 18 to 19 cm / 7 to 7½ “, 20 to 22 cm / 7¾ to 8¾ “

What you’ll need
sport weight
± 240 to 270 m / 260 to 300 yards
(half of each color)
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle
crochet hook in the same size as the needle
for the Latvian two-color cast on
2 markers
tapestry needle

28 sts and 39 rows in stranded pattern
(see page 2) = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”

Check it out here

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