Heirloom mitts

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This pattern is Nell Knits Heirloom Mitts, designed for and knit in Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom yarn (100% American Romney).  This is a worsted weight yarn, in color Nettles – there are wonderful colors available, all of them with a tweedy, heathered look and feel that reminders me of Brooklyn Tweed.  I knit the mittens on US 5s 12″ circulars (except at the very end, when I had to switch to dpns).

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I love the cabling detail and the fit of the mittens, and I really like them in this yarn (although they’re not soft and squishy, it’s a more functional, practical feeling wool, perfect for mittens, and it shows the cables beautifully).  However, knitting with the yarn on such small circulars, on a needle size several sizes smaller than the yarn is rated for, and trying to do so much cabling, killed my hands.  Each evening, my hands were so sore I could barely flex them.  Sadly, I won’t be knitting these again – at least, not this pattern and yarn combination.

I finished the mittens with some of the 200 yards of the single skein to spare, and they went together quickly – although it would have been a lot quicker if my hands hadn’t hurt so badly.  I might give the pattern another try with a softer yarn, just to see if that makes a difference.

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