Fallen in love with the On the Farm Fingerless Mitts knitting pattern but have no idea what yarn to use? Continue reading for color recommendations using Western Sky Knits yarn (the yarn that I used), for affordable yarn recommendations, and for a list of resources to search for other yarns that will work for the pattern!
Warm, cozy, simple, and fun. The On the Farm Fingerless Mitts are a quick and easy-to-knit DK weight colorwork project, available in five adult sizes. They make a great project for playing with two-color combos!
I designed this pattern using Western Sky Knits' Merino 17 DK yarn in colorways Sage and Green, to represent the dirt and green crops. These fingerless mitts look great with any two contrasting yarns: solid, tonal, speckled, or variegated. I would, however, advise against using two highly speckled or variegated yarns.
Note: All yarn images are from the credited websites.
Western Sky Knits Colors
Really, most any color from the Western Sky Knits website would work well for this pattern. The main thing is to select two contrasting colors that won't fade too much -- just so the colorwork is visible. Here are a handful of color combinations that I have put together, using a variety of DK weight bases from the Western Sky Knits shop.
North Sea + Dark Waters, on Merino 17 base
Brooks Blue + Elephant, on Yak base
Forest Night + Elephant, on Merino 17 base
Forest Night + Golden Hour, on Merino 17 base
Bliss + Winter Wheat, on Merino 17 base
Leaf + Winter Wheat, on Yak base
Alternative Yarns List
Can't afford hand-dyed yarn? I completely understand! That is A-OK! Here I've selected a list of more affordable DK weight yarns that would also work well with this design! (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the links -- I am just providing this list for your reference.)
I've provided a few bits of information on each yarn for your own comparison. All prices shown are USD and do not account for shipping costs. The list is ordered from least expensive to most expensive per gram. For the sake of comparison, I've written everything in terms of 100 grams.
The yarn that I used was: 100% Wool, 270 yards/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 259 yards/100 grams; $4.29/100 grams
100% Acrylic; 273 yards/100 grams; $4.50/100 grams
50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon; 231 yards/100 grams; $8/100 grams
50% Alpaca, 30% Silk, 20% Tencel; 241 yards/100 grams; $10/100 grams
100% Wool; 246 yards/100 grams; $12/100 grams
100% Wool; 250 yards/100 grams; $13/100 grams
55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Tweed; 246 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
100% Wool; 230 yards/100 grams; $14/100 grams
70% Wool, 30% Silk; 246 yards/100 grams; $16/100 grams
85% Wool, 15% Cashmere; 246 yards/100 grams; $20/100 grams