The Alpaca Ranch Retreat I went to in December was also a Kira K Designs trunk show and after having seen the Reticulated Mitts in person, I bought the pattern. Pretty mitts, and they have been keeping my mitts toasty warm since I made them!


They look good flat, too:


Pattern: Reticulated Mitts by Kira K Designs
Yarn: .75 skein Black Diamond Alpacas Sport Weight Alpaca, 100% alpaca (what else?), color: Victorian Red
Needles: US size 1 for the ribbing and 3 for the rest
Started 1/12 and finished 1/16/2013

The tight gauge combined with the twisted stitches must keep this yarn in line; the mitts haven’t sagged at all with the usual alpaca droop. They also didn’t felt when I had to scrub out pine sap after snapping the photos (camera and elbows were propped on a felled tree). Again, perhaps the gauge was helpful… maybe it prevented the fibers from moving around enough to felt?


The pattern is meticulously well-written and the stitch pattern is charted as well as written. If you’re new to twisted stitches, this is a good one to start with.