Knits: Graph Paper Mitts Pattern

 

These light fingerless gloves use worsted and fingering weight yarn together in a two-color slipped stitch pattern reminiscent of graph paper.

These fingerless mitts knit from the bottom cuff up.
They are knit in the round.

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase & Decrease
• Slipped stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 7 in (17.75 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – 1 in larger in thumb gusset area.

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended.
Tapestry needle.

Yarn: Approx 65 yds (60 m) each of worsted and fingering weight yarn (This pattern can also be knit with Aran and Sport weight for a heavier fabric glove.)

 

You can buy the pattern here:
Available on Etsy for $3.50
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Knit Pattern: Rhombic Mitts

It’s fingerless glove knitting season again! The Cherokee Heights Arts Festival is coming up in November and I’m working on creating a new collection of the most popular item: fingerless gloves. Glove production is also my pattern design workshop where I work up new patterns, test them out a few times, write them down, and then test knit them with the yarn I think works best and photographs well. First up this season is Rhombic Mitts. I enjoyed the Ironwork Mitts from last year so much, I decided to do a new variation on the theme.

You can buy the pattern here:
Available on Etsy for $3.50
Available on Craftsy for $3.50

The Details:
These fingerless mitts knit from the bottom cuff up.
They are knit in the round.

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase & Decrease
• Twisted stitches
• Cable stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 6.5 in (16.5 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – larger in thumb gusset area.

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Cable needle.
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional.

Yarn: Worsted Weight, approx 95 yds (87 m)

Knits: Summer Shawls

 

My exploration of shawls this summer was inspired by favorite local yarn shop, Eat.Sleep.Knit, and their Flash KAL (Knit A-Long) for the simple yet stunning pattern Clapotis. This pattern was perfect for showing off the beauty and texture of hand-dyed yarn and I loved how it turned out using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Worsted (now discontinued) in the color, The Final Frontier.

I enjoyed it so much, I decided to pull out some beautiful Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal I had stashed about two years ago to knit up another one. This fingering weight yarn created an even lighter shawl perfect for fall in southern climes.

Encouraged by my success, I looked for another project and found Shockwaves by Beata Jezek. I was immediately drawn to the quirky asymmetrical chevrons and bold color choices of many of the projects on Ravelry. In the end, I decided to contrast the pattern with a soft ombre of beautiful blue-greys of Madelinetosh Eyre Light. The depth of tone and soft single ply of the yarn kept this very large shawl from becoming overly heavy.

My last shawl project of the summer looks forward to autumn with the sunset colors of Claudia Handpainted Yarns Addiction (aptly named) in Be My Valentine and Makes Me Hungry applied to Melanie Berg’s Assante. The simple striping of this pattern allowed the brighter mix of colors to emerge from dusky darkness for a light and fluttery shawl that can be worn like a scarf. While I love the result, the shawl is knit length-wise, so as the rows build, the row length becomes considerable, especially to a knitter used to row counts of under 200 stitches. That aside, I highly recommend this pattern and may knit another one in the future.

 

Knits: Topping it off with a few hats

 

The Cherokee Heights Arts Festival is this Saturday, November 12! Over the last few weeks I decided to create a few hats since I hadn’t made any. It was a fun and relaxing way to use up all the bits and scraps left over from my massive glove production. Its always fun to see how long the colors will last, creating different blocks of color and texture. I had a bunch of neutrals left over, so these are a bit more sedate than the gloves, but also very appropriate for men or women.

Festival Ready!

 

I’ve been knitting up a storm and am almost done with my inventory for the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival on November 12! This year, in addition to my stock of fingerless gloves, I will have headbands and beaded bracelets.

The headbands are made with a textile “yarn” that gives them more of a woven feel – the textile is also very stretchy, making it perfect for headbands. I also realized I have a huge stash of sock weight yarn and wanted to make something simple with it, especially all the little bits I have left over that aren’t usable for socks. I happened to have some of the right sized beads left over from old projects – perfect for these quick and inexpensive little accessories.

 

Knit Pattern: Up & Over Mitts

Finishing up the current batch of patterns is Up & Over Mitts. These explore different constructions by combining knitting in the round with flat knitting.  The bottom section is the familiar cuff up, in the round knitting. The pattern switches direction after binding off with the top section is knit flat, perpendicular to the bottom. A stitch is picked up at the bound off edge in each row, connecting the new section to the old while the section is knit.

Here are some pattern details:

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase
• Cable stitches
• Picked up stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 7 in (17.8 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – larger in thumb gusset area. (sample for measurements was blocked and may be larger than unblocked mitts)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Cable needle.
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional.

Yarn: Worsted weight
Featured Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Bright Red

Buy the pattern here for $3.50:
Up & Over Mitts on Etsy
Up & Over Mitts on Craftsy