Both the Rosheen Mitts and Cowl patterns can be worked using five skeins of Gems Merino Sport Weight yarn. Five skeins, two designs.
Mitts: The mitts are knitted from the bottom up, working the color work patterns in the cuff section. After the cuff is completed, increases for the thumb begins. After the desired thumb length is reached, thumbs stitches are placed on waste yarn as the rest of the mitt is completed. Stitches for the thumb are placed back on the needles and completed with the same ribbing used for the rest of the mitt.
Cowl: The cowl, also knitted from the bottom, reflects the patterning of the cuff of the mitts and continues to the neck with complimentary motifs. Two decrease rounds help to shape the garment. This cowl can be worn either around the neck or around the shoulders. Worn around the shoulders, the shaping helps the garment rest lightly in place, adding just the right amount of warmth to the upper body. Worn as a cowl, this same shaping gives a graceful drape around the neck area.
Mitts: Width: 4”, Length: 10”
Cowl: Circumference at bottom: 46”, circumference at top: 31”
Gauge: 4 in. (10 cm) = 26 sts and 30 rnds on larger needles in both stockinette and colorwork, blocked.
Note: Obtaining both stitch and row gauge is ideal; however, if you have to make a choice, try to get row gauge. Stitch gauge can be achieved through blocking if you are not too far off. Also, try using wooden needles which have more grip on the yarn.
Be aware that your gauge may change from stockinette stitch to colorwork. Consider changing needle size to accommodate any tension change between the cuff and the body of the mitts.
Before starting to knit, read the pattern carefully. You will thank yourself later.
Yarn: Louet Gems Merino Sport Weight 100% Merino Wool, 100 gram skein/225 yards
1 skein each –
Shade A – French Blue
Shade B – Terra Cotta
Shade C – Burgundy
Shade D – Eggplant
Shade E – Fern Green
US 1 [2.25 mm] and US 3 [3.25 mm] needles for preferred method of working both large and small diameter knitting in the round (2 circulars, Magic Loop, or double pointed needles) or to obtain gauge.
Notions: stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, and tapestry needle