Mitts are not exactly “comfort knitting” for me. They are a little more painful for me to create than hats or scarves or socks. I think it has something to do with knitting thumbs. Or maybe it’s because I have to keep notes so that I can make the same exact thing a second time. Because why would I use a perfectly good already existing pattern when I could make something up myself? 🙂
I first fell in love with this simple, graphic pattern last year when I knit a two-colour version of it in a hat. This pattern meets one of my current colourwork requirements: colour changes happen no more than every 3 stitches. It is also a great pattern for playing with and combining colours. I happened to have this yarn already in my stash and I had a lot of fun charting out the colour changes on graph paper with pencil crayons.
The yarn I used is Mirasol Qina (80% baby alpaca, 20% bamboo) so the mittens are super soft and really warm, too.
I have a number of other colours of this yarn in my stash to inspire me.
1 point – mittens
2 points – colourwork
1 point – design
1 point – stash
2 points – 200 yards
7 points total
If I were to knit these again, I would probably make a few minor changes (including not making two “right hand” mittens which I seem to always to manage to do!) But I love them and so does the recipient so I would call this project a success. I want to make more things like this that are a little bit out of my comfort zone. (Ravelry project page link).