I was inspired by the Vespergyle mitten pattern ( http://exercisebeforeknitting.com/vespergyle-mittens/ ), but here in Minnesota, it's just too cold for fingering weight yarn mittens. So, I adapted the pattern for worsted weight wool instead.
It's my first 'major' stranded knitting project (only a couple of hats before that) and I'm pretty happy with them.
The original pattern can be uploaded (for free) from the url listed above.
For my mittens, I did the following:
I used Patons Classic Wool in bright red and 'mercury' (dark grey).
Knit two at once on one size 4 (3.5mm) needles for the body of the mittens, size 1.5 (2.5mm) for the cuff.
I cast on 50 stitches and knit the cuff in K1 P1 rib for about 2.5 inches.
For the body color pattern, I used the center 23 stitches of the original 'argyle', plus one stitch (of the contrasting color) on each side (25 stitches for each side of the mitten).
I also used a gusset style thumb instead of the 'afterthought' thumb in the original pattern. I 'made one' between the border stitches on the first row, then increased the thumb gusset by 2 stitches (placed adjacent to the border stitches, on the thumb side of the gusset) every other row until I had 19 gusset stitches for the thumb (which are then placed on scrap yarn until the rest of the mitten is done).
I knit 47 rows of the pattern (counting from the first row after the cuff) , then decreased one stitch on each side of the mittens (4 stitches per round) for the last 8 rows. This gave me a more rounded mitten than the original (because I prefer round mittens) This leaves a total of 18 stitches per mitten, which was finished off by grafting with a Kitchener stitch.
For the thumb, I picked up the 19 stitches, plus one where the seams met, for a total of 20 stitches. When the thumb was long enough, I decreased by:
Round 1: K4, K2tog, repeat
Round 2: K 3, K2tog, repeat
Round 3: K2, K2tog, repeat (8 stitches remain)
Cut yarn, run through all stitches, weave in ends.
Then I used the remainder of the yarn from the two skeins to do another pair, reversing the colors. Yes, there was enough.
Much fun, and now I'm addicted to stranded knitting. Oh, and my hands are toasty warm.