Quick knit – an excuse to use a yarn with beautiful fiber content and color 🙂
Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (70% wool / 30% silk) – one skein (221 yds) in color Petrol
Pattern: Wabi mitts
Needles: US 6s and US 4s
Yarn: Dye for Knitting Yak Fingering (70% merino / 20% yak / 10% nylon) – 1 skein (438 yds) in colorway Glen Haven Cannery, exclusively dyed as the Wool & Honey LYS Sleeping Bear Yarn Club’s December color
Pattern: Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Gloves
Needles: US 5s and 6s
Notes: The pattern calls for DK weight yarn and this is fingering weight, so I knit with the yarn held doubled throughout.
Pattern: New Year’s Mitts by YOTH Yarns
Yarns: One skein of YOTH Daughter Mini (Natural Vanilla) and two skeins of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool (Truth Bomb) (knit double-stranded through) – I bought the “Puppies” set of YOTH Daughter Mini + two skeins of Spincycle wound together
Needles: US 8s (the pattern also called for US 9s for the cuff, but I didn’t have this size in dpns, and it didn’t seem to negatively affect the fit around the cuff to use US 8s
Size: Smaller of the two sizes
Notes: The fit is good around the wrist, but a little too snug around the palm of the hand and there isn’t a lot of give (probably because of the stitch pattern). I had to cast off tightly to give a snug fit around the opening at the fingers. I’d like to increase the size around the palm a little, without changing the fit around the wrist or fingertips.
Pattern: Ossify Mitts by Whitney Hayward
Yarn: Stone Wool Cormo in color Ozark 02 (one skein – 200 yds/ea)
Needles: US 7s dpns
Even though these are knit in worsted weight yarn, they weren’t a quick knit – the stitch pattern slows you down and I took lots of breaks. The FO looks beautiful, but I admit I’m not a big fan of mittens – my hands float around inside them, and of course you can’t pick anything up . . . it’s rarely cold enough around here to need full-on mittens, so I pretty much stick to fingerless gloves. However, these will make a great gift for someone next Christmas!
I’m loving this new yarn, Scout from Wool days – a new Australia yarnie producing minimally processed and organic merino wool that is ultra soft and dyed in a beautiful palette.
Pattern: Paddle Mitts by Tin Can Knits
Needles: Us 3s and US 5s
Size: I cast-on for the child’s size, because this yarn is a little heavier of a DK, then I knit to the lengths called for the adult small. The mitts turned out just a tad bit tight, but I like a tighter fit (although I think I would have been fine just knitting the adult size small).
Colors: One skein Caramel and one skein Blueberry Pie (I would have had enough left to knit another pair in reversed colors).
I bought these Plucky colors last autumn, with no projects in mind, but how could I refuse such gorgeous fall hues? The Plucky Traveler Aran in Weekend in New England became Lambing Mitts (size medium) on US 7s:
The Primo Aran in Make a Grown Man Cry (love this color!) became Ripple Effect Fingerless Gloves on US 6s and US 7s:
The Primo Worsted in In a Pickle became Raw Honey fingerless mitts (size small – 7″) on US 6s and US 7s:
and the hat – my attempt at showing how beautifully these three colors combine is Varia (size small) knit on US 7s (for ribbing) and US 9s:Pin It
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.
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!Pin It
This is a gorgeous gift set . . . or maybe it will be a gift to myself 🙂 The yarn is all marled cashmere from Pepperberry Knits. The cowl is knit from two skeins of DK weight in color Posies (140 yds/ea) on US 6s (I actually changed to US 7s at one point, with no noticeable difference – they’re pretty interchangeable for this project). The pattern is Churchmouse’s welted cowl and I knit the size small/medium.
The mitts are Pepperberry’s own pattern, Karen Double Layer Mittens. I used two skeins of sport weight marled cashmere, in colors Barn Owl and Posies, and knit up the mitts on US 4s dpns. The construction is ingenious, and I love how the color shows at the cuffs and peeks through the holes in the outer mitts. My only complaint is that they fit very loosely – especially around the cuff – and if feels like I’m having to work at it to keep them on.Pin It
I knit up this quick gift set as an excuse to get to use Sincere Sheep’s Bannock yarn again, this time purchased from my LYS (I love it when my local yarn store stocks such great regionally local indie yarns!) This time I used color Hester, and one generous skein allowed me to make both the mitts and the hat, with some still left over. My oldest daughter is doing a great job with “spontaneous modeling” in the photo above 🙂
The mitts pattern is Vancouver Fog – I did a total of 3 cable repeats (instead of four, to keep the mitts a little shorter in length). I knit on US 7 dpns, which gave me a nice finished fabric – springy, but not too tight or stiff.
The hat pattern is Turn A Square hat – I skipped the cast-on in the pattern and just went with a long-tail cast on with US 5s, then switched to US 7s after 1″ of ribbing. After ribbing with the Hester color, I alternated every other stitch with color Cumulus – it took a lot longer, but I really like the effect. I was able to keep the colors alternating even through the crown decreases, all the way to the end. The hat is a true beanie fit – it’s not at all slouchy, but I think that it’s just the right length to give good coverage.
I love these kind of (relatively) instant gratification projects! Intermittently, I’ve been hacking away at a sport-weight sweater – I can only handle it in short bursts, otherwise the lack of demonstrable progress drives me crazy . . .Pin It
I made my oldest daughter her own matching set of hat and mitts, so she’ll quit stealing mine 🙂 I’ve knit (and loved) both of these patterns before – the hat is Ida’s Kitchen, but instead of using multiple colors of yarn, I just alternated between Jellybean and Elderberry in Luna Grey Fiber Arts Orion (100% super wash merino sport weight). The only modification I made was to use a US 7 circular needle, instead of the recommended US 8, for the body of the hat.
The mitts pattern is Lucy Mitts, knit on US 2 dpns. I love the feel and fit of these mitts; the only modification I made was the length of the ribbing. The cuffs are shorter (2″ instead of 4 1/2″) and the ribbing at the fingers and on the thumb is longer (for a little extra coverage).
These are both great patterns for sport weight yarn, and a quick knit – I finished the hat in a day, and the mitts in two days. I’d like to make a couple more sets for go-to gifts, but I have trouble with “pattern monogamy” – I’m already on to the next project!Pin It
I found this pattern while wandering around on Ravelry, and was excited to be able to use some of my Brooklyn Tweed Loft stash yarn – this time in colors Long Johns and Fossil.
The pattern is Cozy Morning Mitts, knit on US 1 (for the ribbing) and 3 dons. You have to focus a little to get the intarsia right and to control the tension, since you’re knitting in a small circle, but otherwise it’s a quick knit – I did one mitt a day.
Although they didn’t need blocking, I soaked and then dried them because Brooklyn Tweed yarn really needs to be soaked in order to feel and look its best. They fit perfectly – you have to be careful not to snag the many strands of yarn when you’re pulling them off and on, because they’re not lined, but if they were lined, they would be too thick and heavy, and besides, I would have had to knit linings, too! So, I prefer them this way – just so long as I remember to turn my ring toward my palm before pulling them on so that I don’t snag anything.Pin It
This knit project is the last of the 2013 Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club – November’s color is Saffron, a gorgeous saturated, fall-toned yellow, in TFA Yellow Label DK yarn (100% superwash merino).
The pattern, designed for this month’s yarn club color by Julie Crawford, is Pemba Mitts. It’s knit on US 2 dons to make for a very dense fabric – perfect for mittens. This was a great pattern – it’s sized well, so that the small mittens (the size I knitted) actually fit snugly (I hate it when my hands slide around inside mittens, they don’t stay warm at all!) The pattern was interesting and detailed, but actually pretty simple once you got going. Altogether, the perfect size, design, and finished fabric for mittens!’
The directions called for wet blocking, and I almost didn’t, because I like how tightly they feel, and the pattern shows off great when they’re on your hands, but I decided I wanted them to look good off my hands, too, so I went ahead, but I blocked them pretty gently so that I wouldn’t stretch them out at all.
There was lots of yarn left over, and to use it up, Julie also designed a headband, which I think is very clever, but not something I would wear, so I added the leftover yarn to my TFA yarn stash. Sometimes Tanis designs great multi-colored patterns, so I’m hoping for another one that will let me use up all my scraps! The perfect stash-busting TFA pattern would use yarns of different weights, but I’m not sure how that could be done – something to think about . . .Pin It
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
Another impulse yarn buy – this time at Twisted in NE Portland, I couldn’t resist this Plucky Knitter yarn because it’s so hard to get and was some of the last left after a Plucky Knitter trunk show the night before. This particular Plucky Knitter yarn is Traveler Aran, a wonderful combination of merino, silk, and yak (!) The color is Sticky Toffee, and I bought 3 skeins, each 220 yards. I had to break into the third skein to finish off, but there’s still so much yarn left, I could easily make a hat, as well.
The mitts are knit from the Ragtop mitts pattern – I love aran-weight mitts that are so long and cozy, so that they can bunch up at the wrists and cover my fingers. I used the recommended US 6 dons, which gave me the right gauge and fabric weight. I needed less than one skein total to finish a pair of these mitts.
The cowl is based on the Armonika Cowl pattern, free on Ravelry; I modified it as follows:
Cast on 39 sts
Row 1: *K9, P1*, repeat from * 3 times, K9
Row 2: * P5, K5*, repeat from * 3 times, P5, K4
Row 3: *P4, K1, P5*, repeat from * 3 times, P4, K1, P4
Row 4: K4, *P5, K5*, repeat from * 3 times, P5
Repeat pattern to approx 46″ long; cast off and seam together
I love this stitch pattern – it’s unlike anything I’ve done before, very simple, but the finished appearance is really cool. It took approximately 1.5 skeins to get to 47″, which was just the right length to wrap twice around my neck. I used US 8s, which gave the finished fabric a soft, drapey feel. It grew quite a bit when I wet blocked it – knowing that, I’d probably make it as much as 6″ shorter next time.
These make the perfect set for gift or sale, but it may be hard for me to part with them!Pin It
Between all of the various options – mittens, gloves, mitts without any finger holes, etc – this style is my favorite. The finger holes make the gloves fit snugly and keep my hands from slipping around inside, but I like having my fingertips free for dexterity, and it just doesn’t get cold enough around here to need full gloves or mittens that often (although I wish it did!)
This was a yarn-driven project – I saw this skein of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn (90% super wash wool, 10% nylon) and couldn’t resist the color (Violeta). I trolled around Ravelry for a good pattern for fingering weight yarn, and finally settled on Koigu Fingerless Gloves. I knit the entire glove on US 1s – instead of switching to a larger needle after ribbing – because I wanted a snug fit, and I knit the smaller size.
Even after taking these precautions, the ribbing and the body of the hand could be a little smaller and fit more tightly, but overall I’m happy with the fit, particularly in the fingers. I made minor modifications along the way, both to the length of the hand and the fingers. Here they are:
Knit 30 rounds in ribbing
After 11 repeats of R1 & R2 increases, knit 3 rounds straight before proceeding to “Hand” step
Hand: Knit 12 rounds
Pinkie: Knit 8 rounds
Finger’s base: Knit 6 rounds
Ring: Knit 11 rounds
Middle: Knit 15 rounds
Index: Knit 13 rounds
Thumb: Knit 12 rounds
Tanis Fiber Arts puts together such gorgeous yarn combinations for this kit, it’s hard to stop at just one! The colors in my Snowfling Mitts kit were TFA Yellow Label DK spruce for the background color and natural for the snowflake color, and then TFA Purple Label Cashmere Sock lemongrass for the lining color.
I knit on the recommended US 3s for both the mitts and the lining – although the lining is smaller gauge than the mitts yarn, I thought it it still came out well on US 3s, particularly since you want the outer portion of the mitt to be stiffer than the lining.
These came together pretty quickly, even though it’s of course more time-consuming knitting the mittens in stranded colorwork. My favorite part is the pop of color from the lining – and how soft and luxurious it feels! For the lining, I knit 17 rounds before starting the thumb gussets, then knit the same number of thumb gussets as the outer mitt, then 29 rounds before starting the decreases. For the thumb lining, I knit 11 rounds before starting the decreases.
I think that the mitten fits well – the thumb is a little snug, particularly after inserting the lining, but I like it that way, and my hands don’t rattle around in the body of the mitts, like they do in some patterns. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that the cuff of the mitten doesn’t fit snugly – the picot edging is a really nice design feature, but because it’s not ribbed, it just kind of hangs off my wrist, which makes me feel like it’s going to fall off. I think it will be a good fit over coat cuffs (or maybe tucked into coat cuffs).
I’m not sure whether to block the mitts – the lining doesn’t need it, obviously, but the outer mitts still look a little puffy from the stranded colorwork. I can pull the lining out when I block – I chose not to tack it into the inside of the mitts, I didn’t see any need to do so – but I don’t want the mitts to grow AT ALL, so I’m reluctant to try to pull the colorwork flat in the blocking process. Hmmm . . . any suggestions?Pin It
Quince & Co, a wonderful small yarn manufacturer based in Maine, just released a new yarn – Owl, a 50% alpaca / 50% wool blend that is simultaneously woolly-tweedy and alpaca-soft. The color palette is beautifully heathered, and I had heck of a time decided which color to start with – in the end, I couldn’t decide and I picked two, Cinnamon and Tawny.
I knit the new pattern that Quince & Co released for its Owl yarn, Sherwood Mitts. It takes just a skein of each, and I was able to finish one mitt a night, so it’s instant gratification! As recommended, I used US 3s for the ribbing and US 6s for the rest of the mitt, and it fit perfectly. The only modification I made was to knit 10 rows on the cuff instead of 5 – and there was enough yarn left that you could have easily doubled (or even tripled) the length of the cuff if you wanted.
The pattern is simple, but with the branching detail on the back of the mitt and yarnover increases on the palm, it never gets boring. I’m anxious for Quince & Co to release more patterns for this wonderful new yarn – for that matter, I’d be perfectly happy knitting a pair of these mitts in each of the colors!Pin It
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