Cosiest comfiest mitts

I’m eventually getting round to adding a free mitt pattern to go with this cowl. (The main problem was getting decent photos so forgive the ones I’ve managed to get!)

I also knit a pair for the Wee Man as he hates wearing gloves with fingers (he can never get his fingers into the right bit) but he can put these on easily and he loves them.

NB: these mitts are designed to be roomy and slouchy, this size fits my medium (7.5″ round the knuckles) hand with a bit of room but they don’t fall off. If you have smaller hands you may want to reduce the stitch count a bit.

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Cowl and mitt together
Cosy comfy mitt
Cosy comfy mitt
Other colours
Other colours
Wee man size
Wee man size

Here’s how to do it:

Materials

You’ll need 2 X 50g balls (one of each colour) of Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK or any DK yarn to get tension/gauge of 13sts and 29 rows to 10cm.

6mm (US 10) circular needle (if using magic loop method) or dpns.

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Pattern

(Child size in brackets – should fit children from around 5 to 10 years old)

Holding both colours of yarn together, cast on 36 (25) sts.

Join in the round.

Knit in garter st (knit one rnd, purl one rnd) for 40 (20) rnds.

Next rnd: K 27 (16) sts, cast/bind off 4 (3) sts, K to end of rnd.

Next rnd: P 27 (16) sts, cast on 4 (3) sts, P to end of rnd.

Work 6 more rnds (both sizes).

Cast/bind off. Sew in ends.

Enjoy!

Lossie Mitts

Fingerless Mitts. My favourite. I can’t help going back to them again and again.

 

I have some new ones and I think these might be my favourite ones yet…

 

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If you like them and you can knit you can download the pattern for free from my Ravelry store, or if you don’t knit (why not??!) you can always ask me to knit them for you in my Etsy or Folksy shops. I canna do that for free though I’m afraid…

 

I got a lovely bundle of new wool from the postie today so I’m off to fondle it!

 

Bye for now! x

Be more dog(ged)

As this is supposed to be a blog about the highs and lows of my attempts at knitting design I thought I should say a little something about one of the things I’ve learned and had to change about how I knit and/or design. So here is my confession…

One of the things I have always done, even while following someone else’s pattern, is just blithely carry on when I’ve made a mistake or something just hasn’t turned out right. My eagerness to get it finished tends to make my brain go “oh, that’ll do!” While this might be alright for something I’m knitting for myself, I’ve had to really fight against this attitude while designing. Never more so than in my latest design in which I was attempting to create a bit of overlapped knitting (or two bits of overlapped knitting going different ways on different gloves). I could NOT get the thing to work without making a wee hole at one of the joins. I knitted, frogged, knitted, frogged and knitted again I don’t know how many times. And there were moments when my brain kept saying to me “oh, that’ll do!” But…I fought it. Because I can’t design something good and expect someone else to pay for it when it has holes in it, really,,,can I? Unless it’s meant to have holes.

The best thing about this fight? I made something I think is really great and it works. In two colours. With no holes. Eventually. Phew.

Here it be.

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The pattern is called Caol and you can get it here.

tbk x

A new pattern – guess what it is?

Yep, I’m still on a roll with the fingerless mitts… This is an easy quick one, I really like the contrasting exposed seams…I’m thinking of putting this one on Etsy/Folksy to sell as a made to order item as it’s so quick and easy. I’ve put the pattern on Ravelry for free at the moment – you can find it here. ASW_0112 ASW_0111 ASW_0114_2 I do have a more complicated pattern which is almost done, but yes, it is another pair of fingerless mitts. I can’t get enough of them. And hey, I’m learning a lot from them as I go. Have a fantastic weekend everyone. tkm

Freaky words…

Hi again, I’m back super soon with another new pattern! It’s another pair of wrist warmers and came out of the stitch experimenting I talked about here. (I did start on a pattern for a jumper with this stitch and may get back to it some time…)

So, we went for a walk in the woods last weekend and I took my newest designs along to get some photos. We didn’t really have a proper plan for the photos (I will have to sort that out next time – if someone asks me what I did at the weekend I can say “Oh, I just did a photoshoot of my newest design…”). We found a mossy bench and decided to take some photos of the wrist warmers sitting on it with some heather as a prop. I did notice at the time that someone had carved “The Glovers” into the bench but didn’t pay much attention (who were The Glovers? Honeymooning couple? A family commemorating their holiday?)

Then we got home and uploaded the photos…

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THE GLOVE!

Spooky…

Anyway, these are called Dream Weaving and you can get the pattern in my Ravelry Shop

Here is another photo with no freakish subtitles this time…

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That’s all for now folks, see you again soon.

tkm

 

Haiku

My poor lonely first pattern now has a wee pal to keep it company…

It feels like it is taking me forever to realise one painstaking design at a time but each one is a step on the road to the next one…

I called these mitts haiku because of the three lines in them.

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You can download the pattern for free from my ravelry store.

Now on to the next design!

Muffatees!

I’ve been working on a pattern for some vertical striped wrist warmers or muffatees (I love that name…) and have come up with this so far…(excuse the rubbish photography, taking a photo of my right hand with my left hand is not something I find easy!)

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I love the look and texture of the Freedom Echo wool and the fact that it’s made from recycled jeans and t-shirts.

The thing I’m not sure of now is – whether to put vertical stripes all around the thing or leave it with the two stripes only. I may have to try it both ways to see which I like best.

What do you think?