Sunday, February 15, 2009


It feels so great to finally get these mittens out. I was hoping for a January pattern release but with the kids and other family issues it just wasn't possible. I've been working on the pattern for these since the end of December and I'm so pleased with how they turned out. It's truly amazing to have an idea and then make it come full circle as a finished wearable accessory. I'm in love with stranded colorwork at the moment so these were a lot of fun to knit up.

If you've never tried any standed colorwork or traditional fair isle knitting before, there is a great video you might want to check out here. I use the traditional two-handed fair isle technique and knitted these mittens on two circular needles.

I knitted a size small to fit my hands

These mittens will be an ultra warm treat for anyone as the finished fabric is thicker than knitting with one yarn. They also have a traditional double thickness internal cuff.
Great for intermediate and advanced beginner knitters as the charts and instructions are easy to follow. Knitted in the round, using DPN’s or circular needles. Sizing is achieved by changing needle size and gauge.

Women’s Small (Medium)
For additional length or width change the needle size. Knit Picks’ Palette yarn is on the lighter side of fingering weight. For a larger mitten go up a needle one size or use a lightly thicker fingering weight yarn. For a smaller mitten use a smaller needle. As with any pattern be sure to check your gauge first!

Finished Measurements for Small
After Blocking, Palm Circumference: 8"
Length: 8½" From bottom of cuff to top of mitten

Set of 4 or 5, 2.5 mm/US 1 double pointed needles (2.75/US 2 for larger mitten) or a 32" or longer circular needle, or two circular needles.
Knit Picks Palette:

1 ball (MC) or approx. 200 yds of fingering weight yarn for main color
1 ball (CC) or approx. 100 yds of fingering weight yarn for contrast color

Two stitch markers
Waste yarn in fingering weight
Tapestry needle

40 sts and 48 rnds = 4" in chart pattern after blocking
10 sts and 12 rnds = 1" in chart pattern after blocking

This pattern is available as a PDF download and priced at $5.50. You can purchase this pattern if you are a Ravelry member by clicking the "Buy Now" button below. The Citrus mittens are also available in my Pattern Store here as a Ravelry Download. There are 6 pages total and the download is sized at 4.8MB. If you have any questions about the pattern or payment options, please feel free to contact me via email at or on Ravelry, KristenKnits.

Here is a link to this pattern's Ravelry page. I might be knitting a few more pairs, some friends have hinted they would love a "cremesicle" or "pink lemonade" version of these.


DeShawn Marie said...


Heather in SF said...

Oh they are just adorable! Congratulations on a wonderful design. I like the pink lemonade idea too!

KnitWit said...

So cute! =)

Jill L said...

This are stunning. You are such a talented knitter/desinger. I love my Thermis BTW!

Aunt Kathy said...

Lovely... this is a technique I have been wanting to learn... I am going to check out that link for sure.

Renee said...

Lovely ~ so much fun!

Debbi Lynn said...

absolutely adorable - as i was looking at them i thought pink would be cute and it seems i'm not the only one! yay.

RC said...

wowowwow! they look awesome!
must do some stranded knitting soon...

Alice said...

These are so cute, and so well done! You have some serious design talent!

barrel_racer_82 said...

I love them! I think the way you put a pattern on the palm too is great!

Julie said...

Oh, wow! You are so talented. The are beautiful!

Veronica said...

These are so wonderful. I'm definitely thinking about a Creamsicle version!

Snoodle said...

Before I even started reading, as soon as I saw the pic of these mittens, I instantly NEEDED to knit this. I frantically scrolled down to hit purchase and downloaded the pattern. I have a friend who has a love affair with limes, and I've been searching for months for just the right thing to knit up for here--these are perfect. Thanks so much for all your wonderful patterns.

Rima said...

They are just beautiful! Beautiful.

Ani said...

one word: amazing...
make it 2: beautiful :-)

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Laura in Bakersfield, said...

The mittens a very nice! You are so talented!I would like to say, "Thank You" for The Two-Hand Fair Isle link. This video is helpful. I've been afraid to use the fair isle technique but after watching the video several times I'm going to give it a try. I was using the duplicate/swiss darning method to add simple designs for my projects.

cre8tivkj said...

Beautiful! Just wonderful!

Lynds said...

Absolutely lovely! The colors you picked compliment each other beautifully!

The DeDe said...

Wow, These are amazing! The pattern couldn't be more perfect for the theme.

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