In Scots, “muckle” is an emphatic expression meaning much, or large, and this cosy colourwork skater’s muff is “muckle” in these senses. The name of this design is also a shout-out to Mary-Jane Mucklestone: the colourwork pattern I have used here is no.172 in her book, 200 Fairisle Motifs – an invaluable tome which should be on every knitter’s bookshelf. Thanks for the inspiration, Mary-Jane!
You begin by casting on provisionally, knitting half a lining, working from the chart, then knitting the other half of the lining. Most of the lining stitches are then grafted together; the gap between the lining and the ‘outer’ is stuffed with roving; and the final stitches grafted closed. Finished with icord edgings, wrist-loop, and optional strap the resulting mucklemuff is sure to keep your hands warm whatever the Winter weather!
You’ll need 2 skeins of Artesano Aran, 5.5mm needles, and some roving / combed tops to use for stuffing. The sample uses Artesano Aran shades ‘pine’ (c853) and ‘deep purple’ (3518)