Among my favorite design themes, Harry Potter is undeniably one which keeps appearing as if by magic in my knitwear. The Magickal Quidditch Socks, and more recently Amortentia and Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love have been expressions in knit of my love for the wizarding world. Now I can show another small item, the Pomona Mitts, which I designed for The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Special Issue from Interweave.
Professor Pomona Sprout’s fingerless mitts reflect her personality; earthy, robust, and ready for hard work. Cast on provisionaI would nelly at the outer edge of the hand, they are worked flat using short rows, then grafted for a seamless finish. The cuff is shaped into a point with increases and decreases, and made to flare with a short row wedge. The finger opening is embellished with a spikey picot edge worked by casting on and binding off stitches.
Size: 6.5 (7.5, 8.75)” palm circumference and 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)” length from cuff point to tip.
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; 191 yards); 1 skein, shown in 154 Ginger.
Other Materials: US 6 32” needles, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (1 color A, 1 color B); Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle; ¼” wide satin ribbon (2 x 1 yd), optional.
Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch. Row gauge determines hand circumference, while stitch gauge determines length in this sideways knit.
The magazine has some fun pictures channeling Pomona Sprout in the greenhouses, using the mitts for a bit of protection with the mandrakes. They elected to leave out the laces for a utilitarian look, but one can always weave some ribbon through the yarnovers for a more decorative effect.
The Unoffical Harry Potter Knits magazine is available now for pre-order, and for immediate digital download, from the Interweave online store.