Pleiades Mitts

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These fingerless mittens, and the matching hat, were inspired by ‘Winter Holiday’, one of the Arthur Ransome books I loved reading as a child, and still do! The children in the book take up stargazing whilst emulating the adventures of polar explorers in a quest to reach a proxy North Pole at the head of the lake on which their adventures take place. It’s an endearing and exciting adventure, as is knitting this hat!

SIZE
To fit 16½(19:21½)cm / 6½(7½:8½)” hand circumferences. If between sizes make the smaller size. The finished measurements include 0–1cm/0–½” of negative ease. The unstretched mitten  circumference is 16½(18:20)cm / 6½(7: 8)” and finished length is 17cm / 7″.

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
3.25mm/US 3 needle(s) for small diameter circular knitting. Adjust needle size as necessary to achieve correct tension.

MATERIALS
2 colours of a light DK/sportweight yarn with approximately 350 metres/382 yards per 100g (175 metres/191 yards per 50g). Each pair of mitts requires one 50g balls/skein of  each colour.
The pictured sample was knitted with Rowan ‘Felted Tweed DK’ in Seasalter #178 (MC) and Mineral #181 (CC).

TENSION/GAUGE
29 sts and 31 rows/rounds per 10cm/4″ in stranded pattern after blocking.

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