In January of this year I was asked to propose some classes to the Focus on Fiber Arts Guild of Alberta, they were running a weekend long workshop in the provincial capital (and my hometown) of Edmonton and were looking for teachers. I knew that I wanted to teach both the Cottina Cowl and the Kitto Cowls since they are both great stepping stone projects. By stepping stone I mean that they traverse two experience levels moving a knitter from Beginner Lace to Intermediate Lace. Both these cowls are worked in the round with some Intermediate lace and a few techniques that are slightly more challenging to help your skill set evolve.
The mittens are worked in Ancient Arts DK Superwash Mineral, and use only one skein, since I was working with a new yarn I thought I would see what the original Cowl looked like in a 2 color striping version. Above you can see the Cottina Cowl worked in 2 colors of Ancient Arts DK Superwash, Inuit Art and Blue Spruce, the pattern has been updated to include information on how to modify it for 2 colors.
The Kitto Cowl was slightly more challenging to shrink since I wanted to make sure that the mitts had the same feel as the original with the color changes. They begin with a smaller version of the Kitto Bottom Lace Section, also 3 repeats around the circumference. Then there is a garter stitch section with the same horizontal striping as the large version. The Hand section on this mitt has a garter stitch gusset worked with knit 1 front and back increases and the horizontal lace band same as the cowl. Once again this is a great little project for those wanting to branch out past the beginning level , and bonus that once you knit the gloves you have covered all the techniques used in the larger cowls!
The Kitto Fingerless Mittens are worked in a beautiful Cotton Wool blend, the Ash Lawn Collection from Cestari. The original Kitto Cowl was worked in the Worsted weight 100% wool from Cestari and both collections have a great color selection.
You can find all 4 of these patterns on my website,
and also on Ravelry