These are THE BEST mittens I’ve ever knitted – a simple, straightforward pattern, just detailed enough to stay interesting, a way to showcase a truly beautiful yarn – I plan to knit many more of these for Christmas presents. The pattern is free on the Purl Bee – Classic Mittens on Laura’s Loop. The yarn is Anzula Cricket (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) in color Poppy – one of my favorite yarns because it feels wonderful, but is springy and squishy, and the color dyes are gorgeous.
The recommended needles are US 3s (and US 2s for the cuffs) – since the yarn is recommended for US 5s, using two sizes smiler makes for a dense, cushy fabric that’s perfect for something like mittens. Because the entire project uses less than one skein (250 yds), it’s cost-effective and a quick knit, as well – hard to beat!
I knit size small – I was a little nervous, thinking they might not fit me, but I like my mittens and gloves to fit snugly – I hate it when my hands are just floating around inside them – so I took a chance. It was a good call, because these are a perfect fit – very snug in the cuffs (which I like, it makes it feel like they’ll actually stay on my hands), but plenty of room for my hand. The pattern said that size small would take 1-2 skeins of yarn, but I had plenty of the first skein leftover, so I’m guessing I could have knit even a size medium in one skein.Pin It