Brainstorming for this pair of mittens was fun – I entertained loonies (thanks, Ben), beavers, inukshuks, and maple leaves before finally settling on something a little more abstract. Finally, Canada geese won the day. When I was little, I spent a few years in an arctic village in the north of Quebec called Povungnituk where I recall seeing outardes** tracks in the snow. Thinking back on those days, I ended up with geese tracks on the palms and a sprinkling of snowflakes on the front of each mitten.
I also changed the blank charts slightly and added 2 stitches to each size, so as to better accommodate the odd number of stitches on each palm – 64 (68, 72) sts should now be cast on. That should be fine, since I’ll be lining them and it’s preferable to have a little more leeway. I’m also planning on adding braids before and after the checkerboard cuff – either Folk Knitting in Estonia or Latvian Mittens will serve as a reference.
Please note that there are two charts for each size – left and right. Just one of the little luxuries of publishing online…
*From “The Sweater”, but amended for gender: if you aren’t familiar with the story and short film, grab your knitting and watch the latter on the National Film Board of Canada’s website here. While there, check out “The Cat Came Back”, “The Big Snit” and “The Log Driver’s Waltz”, amongst others.