I’ve been wearing my Veylas and Juniper Mitts constantly for the last two days and they’re getting compliments all over the place! I’ll try to photograph them over the weekend so I can show you, yay! I’m also noticing that they will get worn out much faster than hats, which is kind of obvious, but hadn’t ocurred to me before… But knitwear is there to be used and worn, and I am perfectly fine with that :)
Continuing the series today with patterned winter mitts. Perhaps it seems a littly silly to be thinking about knitting mittens when your fingers are finally becoming quite comfortable without wearing them, but I think it’s never too early to start thinking and knitting for next winter! If you only start when winter is already at the door, you are probably not going to have them ready on time…
Of all the mitten patterns I’m going to be presenting to you in this series, Fiddleheads by Adrian Bizilia are definitely at the absolute top of my list, without a competitor in sight. You have to look at the color schemes people come up for them, they are absolutely brilliant. They also come with a knitted lining as well, so they are guaranteed to be the warmest mittens you have ever worn. The only exception maybe being thrummed mittens, but more of them at the bottom of this post…
Anu’s Mittens feature a simple repetitive snowflake design on a white background and I just love them for the wintery feel they give me (good wintery, as in Santa bringing gifts and bells on sleighs, not bad wintery, as in oh-my-god-i’m-so-cold-i’m-gonna-die-and-there’s-yellow-slush-everywhere). Unfortunately, the pattern is from a book and doesn’t seem to be available anywhere online… Well, you can check it out on Ravelry and the book (Folk Knitting in Estonia)does look interesting!
I would love a pair of Vespergyles for myself. I’m just a sucker for stripes, checkers, polkadots and the likes… But if you are considering making something for your boyfriend (beware of the Sweater Curse, though), I think this is a great direction to go in! They have a certain manly feel about them, don’t they?
Finally, Thrummed Mittens. As far as I understand, this is more a technique than a specific pattern, but this particular version is from Interweave. If you want warm in the sense of wear-my-mittens-in-Alaska-while-my-fingers-actually-sweat, this is the way to go. The fact that the thrums also create little heart shapes on the outer side of the mitten doesn’t hurt either ;)
Hope you like my selection! Next episode: mitts or paintings? Stay tuned… ;)