My late budgie, Zeke, was the inspiration for these cute stranded mittens.
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These mittens are knit in the round from the bottom up, and include a shaped thumb gusset. Adjusting the gauge and using the appropriate charts provides an opportunity to choose from a few different sizes. Sizes Small and Medium are worked with a gauge of 9 stitches/inch. The Large and Extra Large mittens are worked with a gauge of 8 stitches/inch. Sizes Small and Large share the same hand and cuff charts, and sizes Medium and Extra Large share other hand and cuff charts. The mittens can be worked using Magic Loop or double-pointed needles.
Materials Required for Budgie Mittens
For these mittens, you’ll need 110 – 140 yards of a main color and 85 – 100 yards of a contrasting color in a fingering weight wool or wool blend. I used KnitPicks Palette in colors Cream and Opal Heather. Palette is 100% wool and works well in stranded knitting and is soft and comfortable. It’s also very affordable.
Recommended needle sizes are US1.5 or US2, depending on your size and gauge.
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