Project Bright beaded mittens

before you start

Just the thing to brighten dreary cold mornings, these mittens use an easy beading technique to produce embellished detail that looks much more difficult to create than it really is. The finger section and cuff are studded with decorative beads, and simple knit and purl stitching in four different colours creates a funky striped effect.

before you start

Measurements One size to fit average-sized woman's hands

Materials sog (20z) balls (approx. ii3m/i23yds per ball) DK merino/cotton mix yarn in 4 colours:

Yarn A Brown x 1 ball Yarn B Crimson x 1 ball

Yarn C Orange x 1 ball Yarn D Maroon x 1 ball 170 small bronze beads

Needles 1 pair 3mm needles

Three 3.75mm needles

Tension 24 sts x 30 rows to 10cm (4m) measured over stocking stitch using 3.75mm needles

Abbreviations bi - place 1 bead; inc 1 - increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch; k - knit; k2tog - knit 2 stitches together; mi - make 1 stitch by picking horizontal bar before next stitch, putting it onto left needle, then knitting into back of it; p - purl; rs - right side; st(s) - stitch(es); tbl - through back of loop; ws - wrong side

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