Smitten with Mittens!

Make sure you’re guarded against the chilly winter winds with a pair of cosy mittens!

Smitten with Mittens! Loop, London. ww.loopknitlounge.com

We love mittens as they are an ideal mini canvas to experiment with colour and textures, plus being smaller knits you have the perfect chance to try a new technique. Quick to make, mittens are just the thing for gift knitting too.

What do you mean you don’t have a pair!? Don’t worry we’ve selected some of our favourites to keep those fingers busy (and then toasty in a beautiful handmade mitt!)

Brooklyn Tweed patterns always capture classic design with elegant styling and their mittens are no exception. Show here – CarlisleGloaming, Burnham and Parson. The considered colour range of Loft and Shelter make it easy to create beautiful combinations for fair isle mitts.

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (L-R) Stormcloud, Postcard and Homemade Jam

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (L-R) Stormcloud, Postcard and Homemade Jam

If cables are more your style then Brooklyn Tweed have textured delights too! Shown here – Flint, Knoll and Woodruff

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (L-R) Old World, Hayloft and Fauna

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (L-R) Old World, Hayloft and Fauna

Speaking of cables, Kirsten Kapur has two gorgeous cabled mitten designs. The Clepsydra Mittens have an added cabled i-cord edging for a pretty detail in a contrast colour.

Clepsydra Mittens by Kirsten Kapur

Clepsydra Mittens by Kirsten Kapur

Knit with the Ultra Alpaca Aran, this wool and alpaca mix is just the right blend for a defined stitch and a light but warm fabric. One skein is enough for a pair, plus you’ll need little extra in your chosen contrast colour – but we all have a little scrap somewhere just waiting to be the finishing touch surely?!

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Aran (L-R) 6201 Winter White and 62189 Barley.

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Aran (L-R) 6201 Winter White and 62189 Barley.

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Aran (CW from Top) 6292, 62168 and 6207

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Aran (CW from Top) 6292, 62168 and 6207

The Wood Hollow Mittens just take 100g of Aran weight yarn for a pair of cabled goodness. This time Kirsten Kapur used Cascade 220 – which Loop has in over 40 shades!

Wood Hollow Mittens by Kirsten Kapur.

Wood Hollow Mittens by Kirsten Kapur.

Cascade 220 (L-R) 8914, 9430 and 8893

Cascade 220 (L-R) 8914, 9430 and 8893

Kate Davies’ fantastic fair isle skills are shown in the Peerie Flooers mittens. Meaning ‘little flowers’ in Shetland dialect, this cute floral motif is balanced with a rainbow rib cuff.

Peerie Flooers by Kate Davies

Peerie Flooers by Kate Davies

Use a 4ply yarn like the Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, which comes in handy 25g balls, ideal for fair isle projects like mittens and hats. Plus, we also stock the hat version of these mittens for head to toe knitted style!

amieson's Shetland Spindrift - (CW from Top) 1600 Scotch Broom, 144 Turf, 768 Eggshell, 812 Praire, 760 Caspian, 104 Natural White, 587 Madder

Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift – (CW from Top) 1600 Scotch Broom, 144 Turf, 768 Eggshell, 812 Praire, 760 Caspian, 104 Natural White, 587 Madder

If you fancy keeping those digits more mobile, then Quince & Co.’s Textured Rib Gloves are the answer. Shown in Finch (a 4ply yarn), this pattern also gives the gauge and yarn requirements for thicker weight gloves in Chickadee, Lark, and Osprey.

Quince and Co. Finch (L-R) Clay, Iceland and Aleutian

Quince and Co. Finch (L-R) Clay, Iceland and Aleutian

The Chevron Cable Mittens by Quince & Co, although knitted here in Puffin for a chunky look you can try a finer yarn for a sleeker version. Again, the pattern provides the gauge and yarn requirements for Finch, Chickadee, Lark, and Osprey.

Quince & Co. Puffin (L- R) Birds Egg, Fjord and Nasturtium.

Quince & Co. Puffin (L- R) Birds Egg, Fjord and Nasturtium.

‘More mittens!’ you cry? Well you lucky readers will be pleased to know we have a fabulous free pattern coming very soon! Our resident technical editor and knitter extraordinaire Rachel Atkinson is busy adding the final touches to a pair of mitts knit with the Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted. Rachel designed several other gorgeous free knits on our blog (Hawick and Eternally) so we can’t wait to show you what she’s come up with!

Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted (L-R) Baby Elephant Walk, Capsicum, Mermaid, Olive Leaf.

Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted (L-R) Baby Elephant Walk, Capsicum, Mermaid, Olive Leaf.

Until then, Happy Mitten-ing!

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4 comments on “Smitten with Mittens!
  1. bodil LARSEN says:

    WHEN I WAS TO A WORKSHOP WITH YOU IN JANUARY I BOUGHT YARN I BOUGHT jAMIESONS YARN WHERE CAN I FOUND RECIEPE ON RAVLERY WITH THIS YARN ?

  2. Penny says:

    I am a newbie knitter, I would love to knit my first pair of mittens. Do you have any “easy” patterns that I may acquire?

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