These three accessories share a motif inspired by the patterns of frost that form on the windowpane during the coldest of winter nights. Wear the neckwarmer tucked inside your coat, with two or three buttons fastened to keep the harsh wind off your neck, or wear it as a collar with only the top button fastened. The mittens have a bit of ribbing folded to the inside of the cuff to keep draughts out. The warm alpaca yarn combined with the stranded pattern makes a lovely thick fabric to chase the chill of winter.
Yarn: elann.com Peruvian Pure Alpaca (109 yds / 100 m per 1¾ oz / 50 g ball; 100% Alpaca)
Hat: 1 ball in #500 Black
Mittens: 2 balls in #500 Black
Needles & Notions: Size 4 US / 3.5 mm circular needle, 16” / 40 cm long
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in St st over charted colorwork patterns, using larger needles
Construction Notes: Three pieces worked in a stranded Fair Isle-style colorwork. The colorwork pattern is given in chart form only. Hat: Knit in the round with corrugated ribbing at the brim. Neckwarmer: Knit in the round on circular needles with a steek. The steek gets cut, then button bands are picked up and worked in corrugated ribbing. Mittens: A classic Nordic pointed shape with an extra layer of ribbing at the cuff to keep out the cold. Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
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