As is my penchant I gave this new pattern a ridiculous name.
Often it is a song that comes on when I am knitting a pattern that clicks for some reason and becomes the name. You can probably count on this happening often for the foreseeable future. Hey, it is as good as using road names or cocktails, eh?
I get to say some things about this new pattern that you don’t often hear around these parts. The deeply textured pattern that I developed for these mitts is a fairly simple combination of knits and purls. It repeats over 16 rows and is easy to work. You could bust these mitts out quickly over a few days. Heck, you can knit these while watching TV.
To be completely honest, except for the thumb instructions I knit the second pair without even looking at the pattern. The red ones were the second pair. I had to do the red ones because a) I kept coming up with other ways that the mitt would be awesome and b) I needed a gift for my son’s 1st grade teacher. Yay for multi-tasking.
The way the mitts are constructed makes them easily amenable to modification. Want them snugger? Take out stitches in increments of 4. Want them shorter? Leave off some repeats. Want them longer? Add repeats. Want them stripy or color-block? Add some yarn. These even work well with variegated yarn (but not crazy variegated). You can make them yours and then make another pair that is totally someone else (or your alter ego).
Let me talk a moment about the yarn I chose for these mitts. The orange mitts specifically. The Pumpkin mitts. Swans Island Organic Washable. It is a DK weight yarn that was made using an ecologically friendly method of super-wash to create an organic super-wash. This yarn guys? It is luscious. In addition to being a friendly super-wash process on organic wool, Swans Island also chooses to use only natural dyes. I might have a bit of a crush on this company. And I want to be straight, I bought this yarn, Swans Island doesn’t know I exist but I am glad they make their yarn.
To be honest, the yarn for the red pair came out of my stash. It was a beautiful skein of Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra DK in Blood Orange. Luckily this serves to illustrate that you can easily substitute yarn for this pattern. If you want a smaller mitt go with some sport weight (I had a tester use Bugga! with excellent results). The Squoosh resulted in a wonderfully squooshy mitt (quell surprise).