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Talkeetna

Intermediate
By Mandy Powers

Talkeetna is a small town in Alaska that in the summer is full of wildflowers, mountain climbers, artists and tourists. But in the winter, the snow takes over. The colors used for these mittens and hat call to mind that wintery landscape. Colorwork knitting is my favorite kind of knitting. From the first patterned row that barely hints at the magic in store to the moment when the stitches happen with barely a glance at the chart, I am smitten with colorwork. By using just two colors, the design really pops. Even though we hardly get any snow where I live in North Carolina, I can imagine the wonderful winter of far off lands when I knit these hat and mittens.

SIZE

Small [Medium] to fit 2-5 years [5-8 years]

Shown in size small

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Hat: 18[20] inches
Mittens: 5[5.75] inches

MATERIALS

Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Sport [100% wool; 145 yards/132 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];

LL45 Manhattan Mist [MC]; 2 skeins
LL01 Cottage White [CC]; 2 skeins

NOTE: If making just the hat or just the mittens, one skein of each color is sufficient.

Recommended needle sizes

For Hat: US #3/3.25 mm [US #4/3.5 mm]16 inch circular needle and dpns (set of 5)
For Mittens: US #3/3.25 mm [US #4/3.5 mm] dpns

NOTIONS

Tapestry needles (sharp and blunt)
Stitch markers [4 for Hat, 2 for Mittens]
Pom pom makers: 1 inch [for mittens] and 1 3/8 inch [for hat]
Straight pins
12 inch length of smooth scrap yarn for holding sts [for mittens only]

GAUGE

28 sts and 34 rows [26 sts and 30 rows] = 4 inches measured over charted colorwork pattern

PATTERN NOTES

Different sizes are achieved by adjusting needle size and gauge. Please check your gauge carefully. Both hat and mittens are knit beginning with the lining. After a purl round the pattern charts are knit and the lining is sewn in place when the knitting is complete. Pompoms are optional, but add a cuteness factor of 10. When increasing for thumb gusset, lift the bar between sts that is the opposite color of the new st. This may be a float. Catch floats that are longer than 6 sts. This is especially important for the mittens, but not as critical for the hat.

SPECIAL STITCHES

M1R - With left needle, lift bar that runs between sts from back to front, then knit it through the front.
M1L - With left needle, lift bar that runs between sts from front to back, then knit it through the front.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round on a circular needle [hat only] and dpns [both hat & mittens], fair isle.


INSTRUCTIONS

HAT

TalkeetnaWith 16 inch circular needle and CC, cast on 120 sts. Join into the rnd without twisting and pm for beg of rnd.
Work in St st for 1.5 inches.
Increase Rnd: * K15, M1; repeat from * around: 128 sts.
Next Rnd: Without cutting CC, join in MC and knit around.
Next Rnd: Purl around and at the same time, pm after every 32 sts to designate pattern repeat.
Rnds 1-59: Using both MC & CC, work rnds 1-59 of Hat Chart, repeating chart 4 times on each rnd. Change to dpns when too few sts rem to work on the circular needle: 16 sts.
Cut CC.
Rnd 60: With MC, k2tog around: 8 sts.
Work rnd 61 onto one dpn in preparation for the i-cord.
Rnd 61: K2tog around: 4 sts.
Slide these 4 sts to the other end of the needle and begin i-cord. Work i-cord for 4 inches. To bind off: SSK, K2tog, then BO 1 st: 1 st. Fasten off the last st, leaving a 12 inch tail for joining to pom pom later.
See Finishing below.

TalkeetnaMITTENS

With dpns and CC, cast on 30 sts. Join into the rnd without twisting and pm for beg of rnd.
Work in St st for .75 inch.
Increase Rnd: *K5, M1: repeat from * around: 36 sts.
Next Rnd: Without cutting CC, join in MC and knit around.
Next Rnd: Purl around.
Using both MC & CC, work Rnds 1-12 of the Mitten Chart. Chart is repeated twice on each rnd.
On Rnd 13 insert Thumb Chart 1 where indicated on Mitten Chart for the first pattern rep only and pm after first st of the Thumb Chart.
Continue as established, working from both Mitten Chart and Thumb Chart 1.
After rnd 25 is complete, slip 13 thumb sts onto the 12 inch length of scrap yarn.
Cast on 1 st with CC to cover gap (this is the new first st of Rnd 26), and continue through Rnd 51 of Mitten Chart: 12 sts.
Cut both yarns; using a tapestry needle, thread MC through the live sts, securing them.

Thumb

Place 13 sts of thumb on dpns. Pick up 2 sts over the gap, and place the beg of rnd marker in the center of these two sts (15 sts). Join in MC & CC and work Rnds 1-12 of Thumb Chart 2: 9 sts.
Cut both yarns; using a tapestry needle, thread MC through the live sts, securing them.

TalkeetnaFINISHING

For both Hat & Mittens, weave in all ends. Fold each hem to inside along purl rnd, and pin the hems in place using straight pins. With a sharp tapestry needle and MC, sew the hem down, taking care to not let the sewing thread show through on the RS. Wet block both hat and mittens and lay flat to dry.

Make all pom poms using one strand of MC and one strand of CC held tog.

For the hat, make one 1 3/8 inch pom pom. After tying the pompom, cut tying threads to match the pompom. Use the 12 inch i-cord tail, threaded on a sharp tapestry needle to attach the pompom. Sew the tail into the center of the pompom then back toward the i-cord. Tie a square knot then hide the tail within the i-cord.

For the mittens, make four 1 inch pom poms. Use the threads you used to tie the pom poms to attach them to the mitten cuffs, using the photos as a placement guide.
Weave in ends.

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Mandy Powers

Mandy Powers is a mom and knitter who lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids. Besides knitting, she enjoys reading about knitting, taking pictures of her knitting projects and hanging out with her knitting friends. Mandy publishes knitting patterns on her website and recently started teaching knitting classes. See more of her designs on her blog.

 

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