Knitters who love beautiful stitches have found many new patterns in the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Designs by Hitomi Shida, recently published in English. Join the translator to knit the fingerless mitts project from this book, and gain experience and insight into the complex charts and symbols. These mitts are a good introductory project because they’re worked in the round, and you don’t have to worry about wrong-side patterning. We'll start the first mitt together, practicing chart-reading and some of the more complex maneuvers, to be sure you can finish the project later on your own. The pattern will be provided; no need to purchase the book ahead of time.
Technique Requirements: knit/purl, cast on/bind off, working in the round, beginner lace, chart reading, have knit a few accessories, basic finishing techniques
Approximately 200 yards of sport- to DK-weight wool or wool-blend yarn, preferably in a light color. NOTE: the yarn weight specified in the pattern is DK, but many knitters find that too heavy. Sock or fingering will probably be better. Your yarn and needles should give you a gauge of 23 sts and 31 rows to 4” in stockinette, but there's stretch in the design. Needles to obtain gauge for your preferred method of circular knitting (magic loop, dpns or two circulars).