I’ve had some lovely red yarn in my stash for years. Since my last visit to Yarndale, in fact. Which was, according to this wise old blog, in 2013.
High time it was knitted up, I think. Especially as I’m all about the stash busting this year.
I had planned to make it up into the lovely mitts in The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, but they called for DK, and this was most definitely 4 ply. (In hindsight, I had enough yarn to use double, but there we go!)
So I put the Ravelry Pattern Search feature to work, and spent a happy while looking at pretty mitten patterns. So. Many. Pretty. Mitts. It was a dirty job but someone had to do it!
In the end, I stuck an imaginary pin in the screen and chose Twiglet Mitts by Martine Ellis. How could I resist this all over lace pattern?
It turned out to be such a good choice.
These were a joy to knit, and are equally joyful to wear. The colour is a deep saturated burgundy red, that goes with all my coats. They are lighter weight than the Kindling Mitts of my last post, but perfect for warmer days when you still need something on your hands. I added a few pattern repeats to make them longer on my wrist. An easy enough modification.
I was always rather resistant to fingerless mitts, no matter how pretty. But as a dog walker, unless it’s so bitterly cold that you need your fingers covered so you don’t part company with them, fingerless mitts are a joy. Clipping leads off and on (not to mention fiddling with little plastic bags when nature calls) is so much easier. I’m a convert!
And if you knit these mitts, I think you might be too.
|Pattern cost:||Free Ravelry Downlad|
|Yarn:||Drops Baby Alpaca Silk|
|Yarn cost:||Who knows? Who cares? 😉|