Wabi mitts

Wabi mitts 1

These mitts look – and are – very simple, but they’re exactly the kind that I would go to time and time again, because they’re sturdy, basic, well-fitting, and not too warm (since it’s just not cold enough around here to even wear mitts all that often).  The pattern is Wabi Mitts, a free pattern that’s also available as a kit from The Fringe Association.  The yarn is 2 balls of Habu N-68 linen-wool roving (109 yds/ea) – very interesting fingering-weight yarn, nice to work with.  I used color Charcoal, but it comes in some other cool colors, as well.

Wabi mitts 2

Because the pattern indicated that the mitts fit a little loose, I went down a needle size, to US 3s and US 6s, and I got a nice, snug fit.  The mitts are knit with the yarn doubled, with the exception of the last three rounds before bind-off, which gives the section at the top of the hand a little more of a delicate look and feel.  I also added to the thumb, knitting 8 rounds – when I was done, I felt like it made the thumb come up too high, so I folded it over on itself, which made for the perfect fit and actually added a really cool detail.

This pair of mitts didn’t take more than three hours or so to knit – if that – making them the perfect go-to gift, especially at the last minute!

Wabi mitts 3

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