My favorite outdoor flowers are lilies – colorful and bold yet delicate and detailed. And my very favorite type of them might be the Daylily, which is a broad term for members of the Hemerocallis genus. The name comes from the Greek words ἡμέρα (hēmera) "day" and καλός (kalos) "beautiful".
Daylilies are perennials, but each ephemeral flower lasts only 24 hours or so before it fades and is replaced by a fresh blossom. The result is a plant that looks different every day and blooms all summer. Daylilies are often two-toned, and have queues of buds extending down the stem waiting patiently for their moment of glory.
Both of these elements are translated into these two-layer lace-weight mitts. Each layer can be worn either together or separately. Buttons at the cuff make a bold and detailed accessory to last a lifetime.
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Two or four ¼”- ½” or so buttons, tapestry needle
Advanced (thumb gusset, intricate lacework, inserting correct pattern row)
8 sts/inch in stockinette stitch
Finished circumference of palm above thumb apprx 6.5” (7.25”) though work is very stretchy.
Version 12/4/12 - stockinette mitt co numbers should be 50  sts. Clarified rcpr in more detail.
Version 12/9/13 - Plain Mitt, Thumb Gusset, Round 5 should say "Round 5 and all other ODD-numbered rounds" (not even-numbered). Lace Mitt, Thumb Gusset, after Round 1 the stitch counts should be 47 . Put the plain mitt instructions before the lace mitt instructions, along with a note that it's a good idea to work the plain ones first to get a sense for the construction before tackling the lace motif in addition.