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Whitewater Rapids Fingerless Mitts

The Whitewater Rapids Fingerless Mitts are inspired by churning river rapids. These mitts reflect the water’s turbulence and irregularly-interrupted flow with deliberately twisted elongated stitches offset from each other in a disorderly pattern. No unusual techniques are required to make this visually striking effect!

Side view of hands wearing bright green, white, and blue fingerless mitts with twisted surface detail. Side view of hands draped over each other wearing bright green fingerless mitts with twisted surface detail. Side view of hands held together wearing bright green, white, and blue fingerless mitts with twisted surface detail.

These fingerless mitts use knitwise slipping of long, elongated stitches to twist them as they lie on top of the fabric. Those elongated stitches also highlight the subtle colour details we all love in handpainted yarns. They also feature twisted rib cuffs and an adjustable thumb gusset.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit a small circumference in the round and clearly explains all techniques required. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an intermediate knitter. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart.

The texture used in this pattern works with nearly any colourway, since it stands out on a solid colour, but also pulls out subtle dye details and breaks up pooling.

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