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The Incredible Northman Mitten

December 12, 2011

This may be my favorite mitten of all time.  After I finished all my Christmas gifts for my family, I felt I had the time to knit one last pair of mittens for another friend. She loves the lined mittens I make so much that I figured she deserved a pair.

This design is by David Schulz, who runs Southern Cross Fibre in Australia.  The pattern is just about perfect – it has a braided edge, which I love, rather than a ribbed cuff.  The thumbs have gussets, which are more comfortable to wear and the pattern is so well written.  The pattern includes charts for two kinds of mittens – dark/light or light/dark.  Most patterns don’t do this and it is SO helpful.  Thanks, David!

I used one of my all time favorite yarns, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light.  50% wool, 50% alpaca.  So toasty warm.  The lining is of luscious Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Alpacas.  Brushed Suri is the most incredible yarn to use in the lining of a mitten – so lofty and soft. The color I chose is called “Snow Cone” and I thought it complimented the colors of the mitten so well.

The pattern calls for a braided edge done in one color, which I think kind of loses the purpose of doing a braided edge.  So I did the edge in two colors.  If you do a two color edge, make sure to do a two color cast on or it won’t come out right.  The two color cast on will be your set up row for the braid.

I even do the thumbs using Magic Loop

If you’ve never knitted lined mittens before, you should give it a try.  They are so special and warm to wear.  You can have all kinds of fun with the colors.

Pattern:  Northman Mitten
Yarn:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light and Brushed Suri
Needle:  #4 circular, using Magic Loop
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Radio Frequency Mittens Christmas FO

November 17, 2011

Almost there. I am seriously almost through with my Christmas knitting that I started in March.   I have made 17 projects for people in my family.  I just need to put a couple of linings in hats that I have completed and I’m done.  I’m going to make it for Christmas.  Whew!

This project is actually a second pair of mittens that I’m knitting for a friend of mine who loves purple. This pattern is by Mandy Powers – I love her designs.  I knitted her Radio Frequency hat for one of my nephews, and I love that. Check out her designs.  These mittens were fun to make and had just enough variety to keep you interested but the pattern was simple enough that you could knit and watch T.V.  Very important.

I knitted these up in super soft Frog Tree 100% Alpaca.  What a yummy yarn.  I did make a modification to the pattern.  For the beginning purl braid, I did a two-color cast on as a set up row for the braid.  I think that’s very importnat and made the braid nicer  – you don’t have the purl bumps that you would otherwise and I think the braid shows up more distinctly.  And a two-color cast on is easy to do.  As always, I used Magic Loop to make these.

Pattern:  Radio Frequency Mittens
Needles:  #3 US Addi Lace Turbo Circular
Yarn:  Frog Tree 100% Alpaca in Purple & Light Purple
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Borealis Fingerless Cuffed Mittens

August 7, 2011

Am I boring you with my Christmas knitting FOs?  Well,  here’s another one.  This one is for one of my nephews and, of course, it has to be fingerless so he can text on his phone!

I’ve knitted these up with Berocco Borealis, a really nice chunky yarn that is a blend – 60% acrylic and 40% wool. This is new for me, because I never buy yarn that contains acrylic but I couldn’t help myself when I saw this squishy yarn in my LYS.   HAD to get it!  And it is yummy feeling.  And they have lots of really neat colorways.

I’ve knitted these mittens before, making a modification to the pattern by knitting extra on the top and cuffing them.  I love that.  They feel warmer that way.  I also used a chunky yarn this time (the pattern calls for worsted) and I just decreased the cast on stitches to 27.  It was perfect. The K2, P2 ribbing is really nice and stretchy on these mittens.  A favorite pattern.  I used Magic Loop for these mittens.  As usual.

Pattern:  Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes
Yarn:  Berocco Borealis in Grindvik 
Needles:  Addi Lace US #10
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Wonderland Fingerless Mitts

August 2, 2011

Another Christmas FO!  I’m knocking these out and have about 6 more to go, I think. It’s funny to be sitting around in 90 degree heat, knitting things up for winter. These are another pair of fingerless mittens designed by Jenn Wisbeck.  I knitted two of her designs now, and I love both of them.

For this pair, I stuck with using Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light.  The pattern called for a fingering weight yarn, but when I looked at the gauge, I knew I couldn’t get it with a fingering weight yarn – the mittens would be too small.  I know a get a gauge of about 7 stitches to an inch in two stranded colorwork when I use a DK weight yarn on #2 needles, so that’s what I used.  And my gauge was right on.  I love these mittens so much, it will be hard to give them up!

Pattern:  Wonderland
Needles: US#2 circular, using Magic Loop
Yarn:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, in Winter White and Rose Spice
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