Have you tried Mosaic knitting yet? It’s so fun!
The Geometree mittens play with mosaic knitting techniques, using slipped stitches to create the geometric patterns. You’ll only ever use one yarn per round (except during the Latvian braids on the cuffs — those are stranded, but the cuteness is worth it).
You can choose to knit a liner for your mittens because let’s face it: fingering-weight mittens are not all that warm. The liner is knit last and is picked up and knit from the original cast on for a seamless integration. If you use something gorgeously soft, when you tuck it inside the outer mitten your hands will be in heaven.
I used less than 50 grams each of my three colours.
Grey (Karberry Farms hand-dyed)
Speckle (Artfil Belle in “Confetti”)
Blue (Knit Picks Stroll in “Razzleberry”)
For the outer mitten’s colours, I recommend using two colours that have ZERO overlap (if you’re using a solid and a speckle, for example, the speckle shouldn’t have any hint of the solid colour in it). Crisp contrast is essential for the pattern to appear.
Laid flat, the mittens are 4.5” wide at the hand. They’ll fit a hand circumference of 7 – 8.5” with some room to spare.
Hand length is easily customized and is explained in the pattern.
About the Pattern:
The pattern includes explanations for working Mosaic knitting and reading Mosaic charts, a full glossary of terms & abbreviations, links to instructional videos for the cast on and picking up stitches at the thumbs (or you can check out my YouTube channel, aknitica).
Knit, purl, slip, knowing that yarn must be in back before knits and in front before purls,
Managing the needles for knitting small circumference in the round (double-pointed needles, or Magic Loop, or two circulars),
picking up and knitting,
Longtail Cast On, backwards loop cast on.
It’s a bit of a spicy pattern, but everything’s explained, and it’s lots of fun. It’s not for brand-new knitters, but it could be fun for intermediate knitters looking to learn new things.