The moment I placed these two colourways together I knew they
were destined for a peacock pattern.
The yarn is bright and vivid, and it seems to subtly change
with variations in lighting, like the
iridescence of peacock feathers.
in turn remind me of Flannery O'Connor,
who returned to the image of the peacock repeatedly.
The title comes from the name of a collection
of her essays, among which is “King
of Birds,” her
famous account of raising peacocks.
Strehlau photos: SpillyJane
Hand Circumference: 8 inches
Oak Studio TVYarn Sock [100% Merino
Wool; 175yd/160m per 50g skein]
[MC] The Italian Job (gold/olive)
[CC] Breakfast at Tiffany’s (deep turquoise)
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set of 5 US #1/2.25mm double-point needles
yarn of similar weight to working yarn
36 sts/38 rows = 4 inches in stranded color pattern
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Instructions for working the Long Tail
Cast On can be found here.
Directions and tips for color work can be found here.
skp: Sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over st just knit.
1 st decreased.
2x2 Twisted Rib (Worked in the round over a multiple of
4 sts): All Rounds: [K2 tbl, p2] to end.
The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized
Click the here and print the resulting page.
CUFF Using MC and long-tail cast on or other stretchy cast
on method, CO 72 sts.
Divide sts between needles, placing
18 sts on each of four needles, and join to begin working
in the round. The needles will be referred to as Needles
1 through 4, the first needle of the round being Needle
Tip: One way to create a strong join
is to slip the first st on Needle 1 to the end of Needle
4, then to pass the last st on Needle 4 over the slipped
st and onto Needle 1. The two stitches will have switched
Round 33: Work in pattern to indicated thumb placement;
k 12 sts indicated by red box using waste yarn; slip these
sts back to left needle, then work them again, using MC
and CC in pattern as set; continue in pattern to end of
Note that for right mitten, thumb
sts will be on Needle 3; for left mitten, they will be
on Neede 4.
Work Rounds 34-80 of chart, decreasing as shown. When
all rounds have been completed, 12 sts remain. Break MC.
Slip sts from Needle 2 to Needle 1, and
sts from Needle 4 to Needle 3. Graft sts on Needle 1 to
sts on Needle 3, using CC.
Carefully remove waste yarn from thumb sts, placing
resulting live sts on needles. There will be 24 sts: 12
sts each above and below thumb hole. Divide sts between
needles, placing 6 sts on each of four needles. Needles
1 and 2 hold the sts which were below the waste yarn (towards
bottom of mitten), Needles 3 and 4 hold the sts which were
above the waste yarn.
Use tip of each needle to pick up 1 st at outer corners
of thumb holes; these sts will be picked up at beginning
of Needles 1 and 3, and end of Needles 2 and 4. 28 sts:
7 sts on each needle.
Join both yarns at beginning of Needle 1, and work as
follows: Round 1: [K1 using MC, k1 using CC] to
Repeat this round until thumb measures
approx. 2.25 inches, or reaches tip of wearer's thumb.
When shaping tip of thumb as directed below, work colors
If working a [skp], use same color as first st
on left needle.
If working a [k2tog], use same color
as second st on left needle.
Decrease Round: Skp, work in pattern to 2 sts before end
of second needle, k2tog; skp, work in pattern to 2 sts
before end of fourth needle, k2tog.
Repeat this round 4 times more. 8 sts
Redistribute and graft sts as for top
of mitten body.
Weave in ends and block as desired.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
SpillyJane (also known as Jane Dupuis) lives in Windsor, Ontario,
Canada. She enjoys knitting on the porch of the home she
shares with both her husband and her cockatiel Pookie (who is afraid
of yarn.) She really, really loves mittens.