Knit Your Colours

In just a few more days, the excitement unfolds as the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics gets underway.  Our attention will be focused on the majestic beauty of Cypress Mountain, with breath held in anticipation- will a wintry veil of snow arrive in the nick of time?  The thrilling triumphs and agonizing defeats will take us to the edge of our seats as we watch the events displayed in high definition.  Its a great time to wear our red and white colours proudly, to support the Canadian athletes who have trained for many years to get to this pivotal point in their career.  Knit a pair of Maple Leaf Mittens in Galway, a classic pure wool available in sixty-eight colours, from the Diamond Luxury Collection, and show your spirit, be a part of the Olympics 2010 celebration. 

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Maple Leaf Mittens

MAPLE LEAF MITTENS

Size:  Women (Men)

Needles:  4.00 mm

Tension:  20 sts and 26 rows = 4 in/10 cm in st st

Yarn:  100 g Galway #44- MC and 100g Galway #1- CC

 Right Mitten:  Cast on 40 (44) sts in MC.  Work in K1/P1 ribbing as follows-3 rows in MC, *2 rows in CC, 4 rows in MC*.  Rep *to* twice more.  Cont in st st with MC only, work 6 rows. 

Next Row-K2 (3) sts, place marker on needle, using a seperate bobbin of yarn for each colour change, and working colours on CHART as shown in picture, work 17 sts from CHART, place marker on needle, K to end of row.  Cont to work from CHART between markers as set for another 1 (3) rows ending with a P row.

Gussett:

Next Row-Pattern across 21 (23) sts, Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts, K to end

Next Row- Work in Pattern

Next Row-Pattern across 21 (23) sts, Inc 1 st in next st, K2, Inc 1 st in next st, K to end

Next Row- Work in Pattern

Next Row-Pattern across 21 (23) sts, Inc 1 st in next st, K4, Inc 1 st in next st, K to end

Next Row- Work in Pattern

Cont in this way with 2 sts more between Incs for Gusseton every K row until 52 (56) sts on needle.

Thumb:  Pattern across 35 (37) sts, turn, cast on 1 st, P 14 (14) sts, including cast on st.  Turn, cast on 1 st.  Work in st st on these 15 (15) sts for 2.5 (2.75)”, ending with a P row. 

Next Row-K1, *K2tog*, rep *to* across row, cut yarn and thread through rem sts, tighten and secure.  Sew thumb seam.  Rejoin yarn to right hand needle, with right side facing, pick up and K 2 sts at base of thumb = 40 (44) sts.  Cont in Pattern until work measures 6 (6.5)” from top of ribbing, ending with a P row.

Shape Top:  K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K 14 (16), K2tog, K2, SL1, K1, PSSO, K 14 (16), K2tog, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K12 (14), K2tog, K2, SL1, K1, PSSO, K12 (14), K2tog, K1

Next Row- P

Cont to dec in this way on every K row, with 2 sts less between decs until 16 sts remain.  Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.  Sew side seam.

Left Mitten: Work as Right Mitten for ribbing.  Cont in st st with MC for 6 rows. 

Next Row-K21 (24) sts, place marker on needle, work 17 sts from CHART, place marker on needle, K to end of row.  Cont to work from CHART between markers as set for another 1 (3) rows. 

Gussett: 

Next Row-K 16 (18) sts, Inc 1 st in each of next 2 sts, Pattern to end of row

Next Row- Work in Pattern

Next Row-K 16 (18) sts, Inc 1 st in next st, K2, Inc 1 st in next st, Pattern to end of row

Next Row- Work in Pattern

Cont in this way, with 2 more sts between Incs for Gusseton every K row until 52 (56) sts on needle. 

Thumb:  K 30 (32) sts, turn, cast on 1 st, P 14 (14) sts, turn, cast on 1 st.  Work in st st on these 15 sts for 2.5 (2.75)”, ending with a P row.  Continue in Pattern as on Right Mitten.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

  • Lisa

    nice pattern – thanks!

  • deanna h.

    great find! I can’t wait to knit these and show them off!

  • robyn

    I was watching the olympic ceremony last night and wanted to make my own Canada mittens, thanks for sharing the pattern.

  • Noreen

    Thanks for taking the time to draft this pattern! This looks like “the” mittens to make for the family this year!

  • lena

    just found this blog, and the mitten pattern. much nicer to knit these than wear the HBC version.

  • terri g

    thanks for putting the maple leaf mitten pattern up on the blog. i read it regularly to see what is new. diamond has a wonderful website and I have always enjoyed working with these yarns.

  • YVONNE J.

    First, I have to say I adore this pattern, and just found the link on ravelry. Secondly, the Olympics have inspired me to knit again, after seeing athletes wearing toques, scarves, mittens. I am inspired again!

  • Jenn.

    love the mittens! love the olympics! I will be wearing my mittens this week!

  • Laura

    Great pattern – can’t wait to cast on. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nanci

    thank you so much…Here in Oregon this is a coveted product.

  • Carol

    Could you possibly publish a version of the Maple Leaf mittens in a child’s size? Thank you.

  • michele

    The Maple Leaf design is too wide for a child’s version, but you could use smaller needles and a dk weight yarn such as Sirdar Country Style to downsize the pattern.

  • Elaine

    Thanks for the great pattern when I told my family I was going to Knit these mittens, they said yah sure you won’t be able too, but I proved them wrong!!! I made them!! The look great!!

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