I finally finished writing up the patterns for these half-mitts and finalizing the feedback from the test knitting. There are two of them and they are available for free on Ravelry.
They are first cousins, having a lot of similarity. They have the same thumb gusset, the same 3 x 1 rib set up and coin lace. There are tiny differences which make for slightly different looks, but they are equally difficult/easy.
This one is called Coin Lace Half-Mitt. The coin lace pattern happens every seventh round which makes it look at bit like a cable pattern. It also has a slightly different treatment at the cuff when you get started. Here’s the link: Coin Lace Half-Mitt
This one is called Sitka Spruce Half Mitts – named after the colourway by Sweet Georgia Yarns. The coin lace pattern for this one happens every fifth round making the coin lace look rounder, more like a coin. This pattern also comes with a chart, so if you are new to knitting half-mitts with a pattern and thumb gusset, the chart with help you find your way. Here’s the link for this one Sitka Spruce Half Mitts.
They are so easy to make and only take a 50g skein of fingering or DK yarn. You can easily make several in a week. Thanks to Tina for the test knitting and for all these lovely samples.
I have another pattern under development. So let me know what you think of these and the way I explain things. Happy knitting!
Here is my latest pattern. I just posted it on Ravelry. It’s call Simple Lines because of the elegant 3 x 1 rib stitch. It is a straightforward knitting project, suitable for new knitters. In fact, it has been test knitted by a fleet of new knitters from the Langley Weavers and Spinners Guild. Have a go at it and let me know what you think.
They are so easy (and inexpensive) to make, you will make a fleet of them for all your friends and fashion needs.
It was with great joy that I handed over to Jacqueline and Linda the six pairs of mitts I made from their fibre. Here they all are. All are hand spun, hand knit, and four of them are hand dyed. Their reaction to these mitts made all of it worthwhile.
I haven’t really decided which one was my favourite, but these two below are in the running. The pattern for this one is Baby Fan Lace that I’ve used many, many times before. I love this pattern. It’s easy to do, easy to manipulate. I made this pair from a fingering weight I spun up of blended fibres. They were a light grey but I threw them into the dye pot at the last minute. And I am glad I did.
This is another pair that is in my favourite list. It’s just my standard mitten pattern instead of a ribbed cuff I made a 3 x 1 rib throughout. I love the way this yarn (made from the blending the dark grey and white fibre and then plying the blended fibre with a singles made of pure dark grey or white) behaves when over dyed with blue. It looks like denim.
The other day I noticed that my own pair of half-mitts is a little worse for wear. Now that all the Christmas preparations are done, I can get into my studio and get started on a pair (or two) of these for myself.