A lovely pattern (hard copy offered here) to make a beautiful pair of fingerless mittens, with just the right amount of "bling" in the form of beads.
Here is how the designer, Ann Kingstone, describes these Lady of the Wood Fingerless Mittens:
In the works of J.R.R. Tolkien ‘Lady of the Wood’ is one of the titles used for Galadriel, the elven queen of Lothlórien.
Leaf lace with beaded and pointed edgings adorn these very feminine mittens.
They may be made in any 2ply/laceweight yarn with good blocking properties (i.e. with a high content of natural fibre). As with all lace knitting, blocking is essential to bring out the beautiful leaf pattern, and for these mittens it is also recommended in order to attain a good fit.
A note here: from the data I read on Ravelry, the best way to block these is to block them lengthwise. This will not only help them fit very well but it will also bring out the leaf pattern.
This project also calls for 56 size 6/0 seed beads. For the rest of April, anyone purchasing lace weight yarn to make this plus the pattern here will be "gifted" with the beads by us. If you have a preference on a matching color or a contrasting color, let us know via the Comments section as you check out. Otherwise let us choose for you.
The pattern includes full written instructions and a supporting chart, and contains links to relevant online tutorials for the special techniques used (threading beads, the twisted German cast-on, and a provisional cast-on).
Any method of small-diameter circular knitting is appropriate for this design (with two circulars, DPNs, or magic loop), so choose needles according to your personal preference.
Requiring only 25 to 30 grams (220 - 260 meters/ 240 to 290 yards) of lace weight wool, this will be a wonderful piece to make, perhaps for gifts, perhaps for yourself, or maybe a bit of both.