Jane Richmond has just published a wonderful new pattern book, titled Journey. I pre-ordered it as soon as it came available, and am in the process of knitting through the patterns, one by one! I started with one that would provide instantaneous gratification: Spate Fingerless Mitts.
Because I liked the look of the mitts in the pattern so much, I used the same yarn – Sincere Sheep Bannock (1 skein of 280 yes of Targhee wool) in color Cumulus. As a side note, I highly recommend this yarn – it was, as advertised, a simple wool, but extremely high quality, with a good feel and some beautiful colors. This is a small indie yarn company, and well worth frequenting.
I knit on the recommended US 7s and 8s and made no modifications. As the pattern suggested, I wet blocked the FO to stretch out the stitch pattern a little.
I absolutely love the end result – I particularly like how the mitts are at once tight-fitting and stretchy (I hate it when the mitts always feel like they’re falling off my hands!) and at the same time, they feel nicely bulky and warm (because of the extra-long ribbing at both cuff ends). The stitch pattern is really cool – it takes a little extra time and took a toll on my hands by the end, but it’s great to get a cabling effect without having to use a cable needle!
This first project from Journey was a great success – next I’m moving on to the “biggest” project in the book, a bulky sweater coat – wish me luck . . .Pin It