Plaid hands are glad hands, and these tartan mitts make the technique easy. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. The mitts complete the plaid set, made to match or in complementary colors. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a chart and table for the plaid; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique. Size: S (L): 6.75 (8)” circumference and 7 (8.75)” length; size S shown on 7” circumference hand. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein MC, 1 skein CC1, 1 skein CC2, shown in MC Tortuga, CC1 Hollyhock and CC2 Cadmium, and using approximately 35 (45), 5 and 5 grams respectively. Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 24” circular needle for Magic Loop, or . . .
Among my favorite design themes, Harry Potter is undeniably one which keeps appearing as if by magic in my knitwear. The Magickal Quidditch Socks, and more recently Amortentia and Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love have been expressions in knit of my love for the wizarding world. Now I can show another small item, the Pomona Mitts, which I designed for The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Special Issue from Interweave. Professor Pomona Sprout’s fingerless mitts reflect her personality; earthy, robust, and ready for hard work. Cast on provisionaI would nelly at the outer edge of the hand, they are worked flat using short rows, then grafted for a seamless finish. The cuff is shaped into a point with increases and decreases, and made to flare with a short row wedge. The finger opening is embellished with a spikey picot edge worked by casting on and binding off stitches. Size: 6.5 (7.5, 8.75)” palm circumference and 7.5 (8.5, 9.5)” length from cuff point to tip. Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; . . .
The Chunnel Mitts are long armwarmers with fitted rib cuffs and hands, and deep textural gauntlet forearms which can be scrunched up or worn straight depending on the weather and your coat sleeve length. An easy and fast knit with a thumb slit and no increasing or decreasing, the deep channel tunnels of the gauntlet stitch pattern do an excellent job of breaking up pooling in variegated yarns. Weave the ends in neatly and the Chunnel Mitts are completely reversible, showing a different but equally attractive pattern on the reverse side. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting into the stitch below, knitting in the round. Size: S (M, L): to fit 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” palm circumference; 4 (4, 5)” length from wrist and 7 (8.25, 9.25)” cuff length. The Chunnel Mitts are very stretchy, and size M will fit a wide range of hand sizes from teen to women’s large. Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210 yards), 1 (1, 2) skeins. Size M shown in Candombe and Azules. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) . . .
Variegated yarns are an ongoing challenge; they look so appealing in the skein that you cant resist, and yet – what to do with them, really? Socks, maybe; those are mostly covered up and are like a secret crazy. I think that’s why sock yarns tend to have the most numerous, exuberant instances of variegation. But what about something like a worsted weight superwash? My solution was to make fingerless mitts with a K1below stitch pattern. The hand and cuff edge are regular rib, but the long gauntlet arm section transitions to a K1below rib that breaks up the colors and makes a fluffy, less elastic brioche, good for scrunching up. Both pairs use Malabrigo Rios, one in the Candombe colorway, the other in Azules. I made the Candombe pair first as the design prototype, when I was trying to find a way to love all that yellow in my skein. Then I thought I’d try a shaded-variegated with some of the Azules left over from Blue Honey. It may be mostly blue, but . . .
Fingerless handwarmers with mirrored ribbed cables, the Laura Mitts are worked from cuff to tip with a gusset thumb. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables offer a classic complement to every outfit. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cables, knitting in the round; this pattern contains written instructions only. Size: S/M (M/L), to fit 8 (9)” palm circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Paris Night. The size M/L sample used 95 yards. Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (4, one different color); Yarn needle; Scrap yarn for thumb holder. Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette st, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.
Crimp Crimp is a hat with built-in slouch created by tuck stitches, and includes both a photo and video tutorial for this fun technique. Alternating sections of ribbing and stockinette add interest to the crown, making Crimp a unique hat and a perfect companion to the Crimpy Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: Cable CO, knit/purl, tuck stitch, decreasing; both a photo and video tutorial are provided for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M); 18 (20)” unstretched, to fit 20 (22)” head circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210 yards/100g), 1 skein. Size M shown in Cumparsita. 2 skeins are needed to make both the hat and mitts. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 7 dpn for tucks; Stitch markers (8); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinete stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern. Crimpy Mitts The Crimpy Mitts are long armwarmers with fun textural . . .
Well, not exactly a WIP in terms of the knitting, but then that’s the easy part. These need to be sized and then organized for test knitting, which takes more focus. I’m still loving that tuck stitch, and it’s been turning up in other places too, so it feels like the zeitgeist is right. And with winter setting in, some textural ribbing and ruckling will bring a bit of warmth with interest. Also, maybe it’s the season, but I cant get enough of rich, dark red lately; not my usual type of thing at all, but so engaging. It looks purpley here, but that’s my lighting, trying to get a good shot of the variegation. Malabrigo Rios in Cumparsita, by the way.
Fingerless mitts with a beaded and scalloped French cuff, the Escallop Mitts add a bit of decoration to any ensemble. The cuff is knit flat, then joined in the round to knit the garter stitch hand; buttons display your personal style and close the cuff. Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace, beading (crochet hook method); edging instructions are both written and charted. Size: S/M (M/L); 6 (7)”palm circumference; 8.75 (9.5)” length measured flat, to fit 7-7.75 (7.75-8.5)” hand circumference. Cuff is one size; the extremely stretchy garter stitch hand fits a wide range of hand sizes. Yarn: Madelinetosh tosh merino light (100% merino wool, 420 yards/112g); 2 (3) skeins. Size S/M shown in Alizarin. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Spare US 6 (4mm) needle for 3-needle bind off; 96 size 6/0 seed beads; 1.15mm crochet hook for placing beads; Stitch markers (2); Yarn needle; 5mm ball buttons (4); Matching sewing thread & needle. Gauge: 22 st and 44 rows/4” in garter . . .
Casual fingerless handwarmers, the Ruckle Mitts have a built-in scrunchy tucked cuff, with tidy hemmed edges finishing each end. Fun to make and fresh to wear, they add relaxed chic to your outfit. For a matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M, L, XL); 6.5 (7.5, 8.25, 9)” palm circumference and 4.25 (5, 5.5, 6.25)” length from wrist. The cuff is approximately 3” long. Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size S shown in Azul Profundo. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 5 (3.75mm) circular needle for hems; Stitch markers (3); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO and hem; Stitch holder. Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to . . .