My second go-round with the Ringwood Gloves pattern, this time using Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon) in a OOAK color (Chris Grey). I knit size small again, but this time on US 4s, which gave me the tighter, stretchier fit I was looking for. I again knit the yarn double-stranded, and used up almost the entire skein (400 yards).Pin It
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).
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.Pin It
I purchased this yarn as part of one of Sundara’s yarn clubs, and decided to use it double-stranded for this project. The pattern is Ringwood gloves – I knit it on US 5s, but switched to US 4s when I got to the fingers, and got a much better fit. The next time I knit this pattern, I’ll use US 4s for the body of the gloves, as well – they fit well now, but I want a tighter, stretchier fit. Going to US 4s will be going down two needle sizes, and I’m already knitting size small – I can’t imagine how big size large would be!
The yarn is Sundara fingering merino cashmere (500 yards of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon) in color Eye of the Night. I used only one skein, and had at least 100 yards left (probably more). I found these sparkly buttons at Button Emporium in downtown Portland – the colors matches the highlights in the yarn perfectly.
Even though knitting each individual finger takes more work than knitting fingerless mitts or mittens, I love how these came out, and the more elegant and close-fitting look and feel. I’m already planning to knit them again with a different yarn and smaller needle size.Pin It
One final pair of Ferryboat Mitts, to complete the mitts knitting frenzy I started here. Because these are a Christmas gift for my brother, I knit the men’s size, on US 5s 12″ circulars, in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, color Dungaree. I think that the styling of these mitts are masculine enough that my brother might actually wear them!Pin It
I found a pattern I liked and ran with it . . . Ferryboat Mitts by Churchmouse. I experimented with different yarns, all knit on US 5s 12″ circular (dpns for the thumb), which is one size smaller than the pattern called for. The pattern is easy and goes quickly, but even so, I’m kind of burning out on it by now!
These are knit in all of the colors of my Spud & Chloe Sweater stash yarn, striped at regular intervals. The women’s sizing knit me spot-on.
However, when I knit the mitts on the left out of Berocco Ultra Alpaca, color Buckwheat in the women’s size, the portion from the thumb up was way too big, so I reduced several stitches every couple of rows until bind-off. The mitts on the right, knit in color Forest Mix, are the men’s size, but I still only cast on 40 sts, because I thought the 44 sts called for in the pattern would make them too baggy. The nice thing about these mitts is that they’re stretchy, so they’re very flexible on sizing, but if you want a snug fit, the stretchiness means that you have to get them small enough that they don’t bag.
These are knit from Anzula For Better or Worsted, in colors Grape and Persimmon, both women’s sizes – the sizing worked well in this yarn, and I didn’t have to make any modifications to the stitch count.
I can’t bear to waste any Sweet Georgia yarn – especially the Merino Silk Fine – so when I had leftovers from the Creekbed scarf AND the cowl I improvised, I used up (most) of the remainder by doing a random striped version of Dreaming of Spring fingerless gloves from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Because I like gloves to have a tighter fit, I used US 4 dpns and knit the women’s medium size. I don’t imagine that I’ll want to do any hard labor with these gloves, since the yarn is 50% silk, but they feel amazing!Pin It
Pattern: Tundra Mitts
Yarn: Quince & Co Osprey, color Glacier (1 skein)
Needles: US 9s and 11s
The mitts are knit flat and then seamed – a quick project, I finished one a day with time to spare. The yarn is so soft and squishy, they feel wonderful to wear. Knowing that I like mitts that are tight-fitting and stretched when I’m wearing them, I knit size small – it fits just right for me, but might feel a little tight to some people.
Okay, I don’t know if you could really cut wood with these gloves, but they do seem pretty sturdy. I wanted to make them with the yarn recommended by the pattern – Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted – but I had an entire skein of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted (color Bison) just waiting to be made into something, so I put it to good use.
The only down side is that it actually took a little more than one skein – I had a small amount left over from another skein and a previous project – so maybe you’d want to shorten up the wrist cuffs an inch or so, to allow you to complete the pair of gloves with one skein of yarn.
I downsized from the recommended US 8s to US 7s to try to get a denser knit. Because I was using a smaller needle size, I knit size L, and the fit is good for my husband (likely size M would fit well in the Blue Sky yarn). The pattern is Borough from Knitty (Winter 2011). I like how you can pull off the finger covering, and there are buttons that hold the covering either on or off. I’m happy with how they turned out, although I have my doubts as to whether my husband will actually wear them 🙂Pin It
When Quince & Co posted this pattern, it was the perfect way to use up to skeins of Chickadee (color Peaks Ferry) in my stash. I’d originally purchased the yarn to knit the lucy’s gloves pattern, but just couldn’t bring myself to knit all those fingers, so lucy’s mitts was the perfect answer 🙂 Actually, the pattern is only supposed to take one skein, but I couldn’t finish off the second thumb (probably only a few yards) without breaking into the second skein – if I was to knit the pattern again, I’d shorten the cuffs to 3” or 3 1/2”, and that way have enough to finish off both mitts with one skein.
I used the recommended US 2 needles – it takes a lot longer to knit mitts at this gauge, but they sure fit better than those knitted with bigger gauge yarn – these are so stretchy, with a nice, tight fit! You could shorten up the knitting time by going with a 1” or 2” cuff, but I like the longer cuff – you can wear it as is for more coverage, or fold it up once to get more of a cuffed look.
As always with Quince & Co, great yarn, great color, great pattern!Pin It
This is the first time I tried knitting with the yarn spun this summer from my three alpacas – I had it spun in sportweight because I wasn’t sure how much I’d get out of three fleeces, but I got almost 40 skeins! Next year, I’ll go with worsted – the sportweight is too light of a gauge for my taste, although it would be ideal for lighter, lacier knitting.
My first experiment with the yarn was the Sojourn Mitts pattern, because it called for sportweight yarn. I used the recommended US 4s dpns, but the resulting knitting (and sizing) was a little loose – next time I’d go down to at least US 3s. Both mitts didn’t even use up half a skein (or maybe just barely half a skein) – I’m pretty sure that this is the yarn from Mira (our youngest alpaca).
I reduced a few rows around the upper hand to get a snugger fit, and bound off pretty tightly, then ran a running stitch with the yarn around the cast-on rows at the wrist so that I could tighten up the fit a little, but it still fits more loosely than I like in mittens or gloves. Overall, the yarn knit up nicely – I’m going to try it doubled or tripled on a DK or worsted pattern next.Pin It
The Noro scarf was a great quick project – knit by alternating between two skeins every other row using mistake rib and a 23-stitch cast-on. The exact pattern is Child’s Rainbow Scarf in Last Minute Knitted Gifts; I used Noro Kureyon in colors 264 and 95, and US 9 needles. The two skeins are just the perfect amount to make a scarf that can be looped through itself around my neck (like in the photo).
The Wishbone Mittens is a pattern from Swan’s Island yarns to showcase their yarn – the mittens are knit on US 6 dpns, and take up only approx. 1/2 skein of Worsted (color Winterberry). I knit size small because usually mittens end up so loose that they barely stay on my hands – these fit just right if you like them stretchy and pretty close-fitting, or they’d be a good fit for an older child. I would probably try a size medium if I knit them again.
I used one skein of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted in color Bison to knit the Midna Hat. I used US 7 16″ circulars and dpns, and knit the brimless version. There aren’t size options, so next time I would probably go down a needle size, because the hat seems a little long (and a little big around) for me.
Finally, I knit one of the new Brooklyn Tweed patterns, the Ashby shawl. Instead of the recommended Shelter yarn, I used four skeins of Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Aran (50% merino wool, 50% silk) in color Cypress. It made for a very soft and squishy shawl, and shows off the intricate stitching pattern nicely, but I’m going to try the pattern again in Shelter, which I think will highlight the cabled and textured stitching better. The lace edging is knit on US 9s, and the body on US 8s.
I ran out of yarn before finishing the middle (you’re supposed to keep going until it makes a triangle) but I was so tired of the project by then, and didn’t want to wait to order another skein. Plus, I think it looks (and wears) well this way. When I try the pattern again in Shelter, I’m going to do fewer repeats of the border, so that there is less of the main scarf to knit. I love Brooklyn Tweed patterns, but they always require a great deal of attention (stitching patterns are pretty complicated) and man, they seem to go on forever! Every Brooklyn Tweed shawl or scarf I’ve knit has far outlasted my patience and interest – even though the final product is usually beautiful and unique.
These mitts would work well in a more mild climate – they don’t add a lot of warmth, but they nylon in the yarn makes them fit nicely, and they provide a beautiful spark of color. I like the dyelots from Hazel Knits a lot – really gorgeous, saturated colors.
I learned some new stitch patterns with this project- a little challenging at first, but I like the outcome.
These flocked mittens are absolutely beautiful, but they took an incredible amount of work! The colorwork on the mittens is very time-consuming, and then you pick up stitches at the cuff and knit the lining (which works great, since there are so many threads on the inside from the colorwork, but it’s like having to knit four mittens instead of two). I’d love to try different color combinations, but I just don’t think I have the patience to do these again – at least, not right away . . .
Quince & Co is the perfect yarn – I used Lark, two skeins of color Bark (MC) and one skein of color Glacier (CC), and then one skein of Tern in color Driftwood for the lining. Lark is 134 yards of 100% American wool, and Tern is 221 yards of 75% American wool, 25% silk.
I knit on US 3s – when I knit a swatch for gauge, it seemed like using US 3s resulted in a too-small swatch, but everyone else who’s made the pattern seemed to be using US 3s, so I went with that size and I’m glad I did. The mittens fit nicely, even a little on the large side (except for the thumbs, which are pretty tight).
When knitting the lining, you have to measure (or eyeball) how long to knit before making the thumb gusset, and then the decreases for the top of the fingers – here was my count:
Knit 14 rounds to the start of the thumb gusset
Knit 25 rounds from the top of the thumb gusset to where the decreases begin
Knit 13 rounds to get the right length on the thumb
I think it’s the colors that Sweet Georgia Yarns come in . . . they’re so vibrant and deep and rich and yummy! I couldn’t resist ordering several, even though I had no projects in mind. I figured that if I ordered them in worsted weight, it wouldn’t be that hard to put them to use.
It’s a good thing I wasn’t in a rush, because it took four weeks to get them (they hand dye to order). All three skeins are Sweet Georgia merino silk aran (185 yds – 50% merino 50% silk). Here’s what I came up with:
Blackberry scarf: Knit in Ginger Rib, a free pattern from Sweet Georgia (I used US 10s instead of the recommended US 11s, which just felt too loose). I modified it slightly by casting on 28 (instead of 30) and used up an entire skein of Color Blackberry. The scarf was knit to match a pair of Blackberry mitts I made earlier.
Savory cowl: Also knit in the Ginger Rib pattern on US 10s, with one skein of Savory – I cast on 24 stitches and grafted the two ends together after cast-off to make a cowl.
Cayenne mitts: The pattern is Clepsydra Mittens from Kirsten Kapur. I knit on US 5s dpns (instead of the recommended US 6s) and used almost an entire skein of color Cayenne (the actually color isn’t quite as orange as it looks in the pics).
*I worked 9 repeats of the cabled cord for the cuff (instead of 10)
*On the third repeat of Chart 1, I worked only through row 5 (instead of row 19)
*For the top of the mitten decrease, I used the same decreases (ssk and k2tog at beginning and end of chart section and at beginning and end of stockinette section) but just knit the knit stitches and purled the purl stitches (I couldn’t use the instructions because they were based on having knit all the way to row 19 of the chart first)
*For the thumb, I picked up 3 stitches in the gap (instead of 2) and then knit as follows:
Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 – K2tog for decrease of one stitch Rounds 5 and 6 – Knit Round 7 – K2tog for one stitch decrease Round 8 – Knit
Then I followed the thumb decrease rows directions (but ended each round w/ K2)
These mods were all necessary because otherwise the mitts turned out huge! Not sure if it was because of the yarn I was using, or just the nature of the pattern, but these mods made for a much better fit (although they’re still pretty roomy).Pin It
Love these! I wanted to use this yarn – Swan’s Island Worsted, a 100% organic merino wool that is naturally dyed (color Oatmeal, or sometimes listed as Grey) – but couldn’t decide what to do with it. Found a fellow knitter on Ravelry who used this same yarn with this pattern – Lofty Wool Cable Mittens, a free pattern from Crystal Palace Yarns.
At the suggestion of my fellow knitter, I used 2 skeins of yarn and knit double-stranded on US 8 dpns. The sizing came out perfectly, except that the first mitten was a little too long and “spacious” around my upper hand, so I pulled out the stitches back about half-way down the upper hand portion, and skipped one cabling repeat (rows 49-56). End result: A perfect fit!
The mittens feel substantial without being too bulky; they’re very warm, but because they’re double-stranded and knit on a little smaller size of a needle, they feel very tightly knit, which should help make them durable. They knit up fast – I did one mitten an evening – and would look beautiful in the other colors offered by Swan’s Island!Pin It
Great yarn, great patterns:
The matching scarf is a Mistake Rib pattern:
CO 29 sts
K2 P2 across row, ending with K2 P1
Repeat every row
I used US 10s, and to give it a softer feel and a halo effect, I double-stranded Rowan Kidsilk Haze, color Pearl. I used one skein of the Kidsilk Haze, and two skeins of Anzula was enough for the mitts, the scarf, and some leftover for the hat (see below).
I had Avocado Anzula yarn left over from knitting a pair of mitts, but not enough to make an entire hat, so I combined the two colors of Anzula and used the Kim’s Hats garter brim hat pattern (women’s size on US 9 16” circular and dpns) from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (this is my go-to hat pattern for all occasions). I striped 4 rows of Avocado and 2 rows of Au Natural, ran out of the Key Lime right at the top and finished off with the Au Natural. I really like how it turned out and the stretchy nature of the yarn (probably because of the 10% nylon) makes it a perfect fit.
Help! I just can’t stop! Fingerless mitts have got to be my favorite item to knit in the winter – they’re useful, they’re almost always one size fits all, and they provide a great excuse to try a whole bunch of different patterns, fibers, and colors of yarn. Here are three of my most recent “experiments”:
Pattern: Sojourn Mitts
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Silk Alpaca (50% superfine alpaca, 50% silk) – one skein Garnet
Needles: US 4 dpns
I ran out before I could complete the second mitt, but I was so close it would have been a shame to buy a second skein, so I used some scrap yarn from my stash to finish off the ribbed tops of the thumb and hand for each mitt. I love the color of this yarn, but the fit was too loose for me.
Pattern: One Cable Mitts
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes (50% superfine alpaca, 50% merino wool) – one skein of Midnight Blue
Needles: US 8 dpns
The pattern (a freebie made for this particular yarn) called for US 9s but since I didn’t have that size in dpns I went with US 8s, and I’m glad I did – it gave the mitts much more of a snug fit (which I prefer, so it doesn’t feel like they’re going to slip off). The color of the yarn isn’t as striking as some of the others I’ve done, but I love how warm, chunky, and snug they feel on – probably my favorite mitts to wear (even if they’re not my favorite in terms of appearance).
Pattern: One Cable Mitts
Yarn: Anzula For Better or Worsted (80% superwash wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) -one skein of Avocado
Needles US 8 dpns
I liked this quick and easy pattern so much that I wanted to try it with the Anzula yarn – a fabulous yarn that comes in amazing colors. The nylon gives it a really nice spring and it knits up with a lot of stitch definition, which really shows off the cable. Even though the yarn suggests US 9s, I thought that it knit better on US 8s, and maybe even could have gone with US 7s – the stretch of the nylon makes it hard to keep it from looking overly stretchy on larger needles. Although I like the stitch definition and color best in this yarn, I have to admit that I like the feel of the mitts knitted with the Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted better.Pin It
I love these ones so much, I think I’m going to keep them for myself! I found the pattern – Evangeline mitts – on Ravelry, and I tried a different yarn this time. The yarn is Sweet Georgia Silk Merino DK (color blackberry), a hand-dyed yarn I ordered from a small company in Canada. It took a while to get here, but was worth the wait.
I assumed that the DK moniker would mean knitting with size 6-7 US needles, and I had a different pattern all picked out, but this DK yarn seemed very fine to me, and it was recommended for knitting on US 3-5 needles, so I changed course and knit the Evangeline pattern double-stranded on US 7 dpns.
Several mods: First, I changed the ribbing from K2 P2 to K1 P2 to get a finer gauge look and a closer fit. I knit three repeats of the cable pattern before doing the thumb gusset, then after placing the thumb stitches on waste yarn, I knit one more full repeat, and then a second repeat to row 6. After that, I finished off the mitt with seven rows of K1 P1 before bind-off. The thumb is four rows of knit, then two rows of K1 P1.Pin It
This was one of those impulse buys – I was in Knit Purl last week, ostensibly looking for something else, and couldn’t pass up the springy, squooshy feel of Madelinetosh Vintage and the incredible range and depth of colors. I came home with a skein of Thunderstorm and a skein of Saffron. What do to?
There were a lot of possibilities, as it turned out. I first knit the keyhole scarf (pattern Arwen keyhole scarf) on US 7s. Next up: the Evangeline fingerless mitts on US 7 dpns. The pattern offers options for either short or long gloves – I wanted something in between, so I knit a mid-length glove by doing three repeats (instead of seven for the full-length). Also, after I placed the stitches on waste yarn for the thumb, I did two — instead of three — repeats of pattern rows 3-10 before switching to the six rows of ribbing. Finally, after picking up the stitches for the thumb, I knit all stitches for three rows like the pattern called for, but then knit the final three rows in K2 P2 ribbing before binding off.
Since I still had some left over of each skein, and the colors unexpectedly complemented each other, I knit the trellis hat on US 4 16” circulars (for the brim), US 6 16” circulars (the body of the hat) and US 7 dpns (on the decreases at the crown). I striped by changing colors every two rows – the only downside is that, because of the stripes, you can’t really appreciate the cabling pattern toward the bottom of the hat. It would be worth doing this pattern again in a solid color (although the cabling takes a lot of time, even for just a small amount of the hat!)
Again, I ran out of yarn at the very top of the hat – I used a different yarn, but the color is amazingly close, I don’t think you can even tell! I guess my incredibly huge yarn stash does come in handy once in a while . . . I finished it off with Shibui Merino Kid (color Pagoda). I modified the pattern a little bit – it was getting too pointy at the top, so I stopped at approximately row 15 of the crown shaping and just cut the yarn and ran it through the remaining stitches.
Unfortunately, these photos don’t begin to show the beautiful colors – also, I love the feel of Tosh Vintage, but it is very springy – almost so much that it doesn’t feel very soft. I like it for the gloves and hat, but I’d probably choose something else for a scarf the next time around.Pin It
There’s nothing better than a pattern that gives you an excuse to use just one skein of a favorite yarn – in this case, The Fibre Company’s Road to China Light. This amazing yarn is incredibly soft, comprised of 159 yards of 65% baby alpaca, 10% cashmere, 15% silk, and 10% camel (!) The color is Hermatite – a silvery dark grey with enough color variation to give it some depth. Because it’s knit on US 3 dpns, it doesn’t feel bulky or “glove-like” at all, but instead gives the wristwarmers the feeling of fine, delicate work.
The pattern is April May wristwarmers – a free download. I’m going to give them as a gift – they need some beautiful packaging to do them justice . . .Pin It