This week we are so happy to announce our newest pattern at Loop – the Silvestre Mitts, designed by Skeindeer for Loop. The word ‘Silvestre’ is old Latin for ‘woodlands’. These luxurious mitts are knitted in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, which is a lovely pure Shetland wool, with a 2ply spin. This is a favourite yarn of Eli, the lovely lady behind Skeindeer.
This pattern is wonderful as it is for fingerless mitts or full mittens and from child to adult extra large sizes. Something for everyone! And we have made beautiful kits for you and are giving two away this week!
We talked to Eli about her new pattern, her design process and her relationship to Loop.
Could you tell us a little bit about where your idea for the pattern came from?
The idea for the pattern very much came from my love of woodland motifs. Among all my knitting project bags, there is a good portion of them have prints of deer, bunnies, trees and squirrels. It seemed very fitting to Loop’s aesthetic as well and so I went with it.
Can you tell us about your design process? How do you set about coming up with new designs?
I have surprisingly little insight into my own pattern creation process. They just come to me. It helps that I think very visually, so often the main challenge is to get what it’s in my head onto the needles. Most of the time I start off by charting a motif, as most of my designs are stranded colourwork. Then there is a lot of spreadsheets. Not very sexy, but there you go.
What has Loop and our knit night meant to you over the years?
I have lived and worked next to Loop for over 7 years. When I moved from Norway to London in 2011 I didn’t fully understand Loop. It’s a very unique shop, and so different from the yarn shop scene in Norway that I was used to. Loop has since been part of my journey to knit with more indie designed patterns, hand dyed yarns and small producers, to eventually become an indie designer myself. It’s now the first place I go to for the latest knitting publications, and I may have filled out a loyalty card or two… or three.
Do you have a favourite ‘item’; one that you love to design or work on?
Mittens have always been my go-to item to design. My whole designer journey started with making Norwegian Selbu Mitten patterns that are approachable for those who are new to making colourwork mittens. I have since made mittens of a variety of styles and weights, but all colourwork. In fact, I think the Silvestre mittens might be my 20th mitten design!
Finally, what is your favourite yarn at Loop?
My favourite yarn at Loop is hands down Jamieson’s Spindrift. I love love love woollen spun 2 ply sheep yarn. It’s perfect for colourwork and you can cut (steek) straight through it without any unravelling. It’s no coincidence that this is the yarn I made the Silvestre mittens with. Other favourites include, Isager Highland Wool, anything Quince & Co, and the new Harrisville Nightshades DK.
Thank you so much to Eli for answering our questions!
We have put together a few different colour combinations for these mitts, we want a pair in every colour!
The Silvestre Mitts are available as kits in either the ‘Jupiter’ or ‘Mocha’ colour ways; you will get 3 balls of Spindrift yarn, the pattern and a Loop cotton shopper bag. We also have the printed pattern available to purchase individually.
If you would like the PDF of the Silvestre Mitts, it is available though Skeindeer on Ravelry.
We are also running a giveaway for this wonderful kit!
If you would like to enter our giveaway, please leave us a comment telling us which version you would like to make (mittens or fingerless mitts), and in which colour way – Mocha or Jupiter.
The giveaway will close on Thursday 24th January, and we will pick a winner at random here on the blog.
We will also pick one winner over on Instagram! Simply follow our IG account @LoopLondonLoves and either repost our image or use one of your own using the hashtag #LoopLovesSilvestreMitts – we’ll choose both winners next week and notify the winners on Friday morning of the 25th January. Feel free to enter in both places and best of luck!
We hope you love this pattern as much as we do! Thank you to Eli for designing this gorgeous pattern for us.
This giveaway is now closed.