Classic Designs for the Modern Knitter

Handspun Dreams Mitten

Handspun Dreams Mitten

What to do with a precious skein of bulky handspun yarn?  I played with mixing handspun with a commercial bulky yarn to create a simple fabric that stretches the supply of precious yarn further, enough to knit a complete wearable accessory.  For this design I alternated between the two yarns every other row.  If you have a more limited supply of handspun you could space the handspun rows out further.  Play with the two yarns on a swatch first and see what you think! 

(left) Aurelian Supply in Black Merino / Silk Spiral with Quince & Co Puffin in Crow; (right) Knit Collage Cast Away in Peachy Sparkle with Quince & Co Puffin in Egret

to fit: Adult Small, Medium, Large

finished measurements: approx hand circumference: 8 (10, 12)" / 20 (25, 30) cm

yarn A: 1 skein Quince & Co. Puffin (100% American wool; 112 yd / 102 m per 100 g skein)
OR 110 yards of bulky weight yarn
yarn B: Approx 25 yards bulky handspun

US 10.5 / 6.5mm
Set of double-pointed needles (dpns)
US 9 / 5.5mm
Set of dpns
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

2 stitch markers, tapestry needle

14 sts and 20 rnds = 4" / 10 cm using yarn A with larger needle

NOTE: The stated gauge is based on yarn A alone, as bulky handspun will vary in thickness and can make gauge difficult to read.  Please note that if you decide to knit a pair of mittens using only yarn A, the fit may be snug as I factored in the fact that the hand spun would puff the mittens out as you can see from the samples shown.  If you’re concerned about this, I suggest going up a size or in the case of size Large increasing 2 - 4 stitches after working the ribbing.