Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts Pattern!

Hi, Knitters,
I am so excited to finally be able to offer you my latest pattern, Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts. This is a simple pattern for a basic worsted weight mitten that fits great and has the perfect shape. The increases and thumb gusset are incredibly simple and the pattern comes in three sizes: small (6 inch hand circumference), medium (7 inch hand circumference) and large (8 inch hand circumference). You measure the hand across the knuckles. The medium fits an average woman's hand. The length for the mitten and thumb are easy to customize and the pattern points out the spots to add or subtract length. 

There are also instructions for a fingerless mitt version. I had over 10 knitters test knit this pattern and give me feedback that I've incorporated into the pattern. Every size was test knit in both the mittens and the fingerless mitts.

My hope is that this will become your go-to mitten pattern every year. I know that I use this pattern over and over and everyone loves the shape and fit of these mittens. That's why I finally wrote it up in three sizes and with a fingerless mitt option so you could have this pattern to fall back on, too. After a few pairs are completed you will have this pattern easily memorized.

All you need is 100 yards of worsted weight yarn for the small, 150 yards for the medium, and 200 yards for the large for the mittens. One of my test knitters reported that she made the large fingerless mitts with only 110 yards.

This is a great project for gift knitting and for using up that never-ending worsted weight stash. The yarn in the photo above is Noro Kureyon, and I needed 2 skeins for the medium size mittens.

This yarn is my own handspun from Dyeabolical roving. I just love this pair!

The thumb gusset uses a simple backward loop increase and Paula of the Knitting Pipeline has an excellent video tutorial for this technique right here.

You won't believe how fast these knit up, you'll have a pair before you know it. I used US size 7 dpns to get 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.

The yarn for the watermelon stripey mittens is from Freshisle Fibers in the Suffolk Wool. 

The pattern is now for sale in my Ravelry pattern shop for $4.00. I will be hosting a Waiting for Winter Mitt-along starting December 5th and ending on January 5th on the Itty-Bitty Knits group. 

Click here to purchase the pattern or to see more information on Ravelry (you don't need to be a Ravelry member to buy patterns on Ravelry)!

I'll be back soon with a couple more fun ornament patterns.

'Tis the season....
best, susie