Smitten with Mittens!
Make sure you’re guarded against the chilly winter winds with a pair of cosy mittens!
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 – Carlisle, Gloaming, Burnham and Parson. The considered colour range of Loft and Shelter make it easy to create beautiful combinations for fair isle mitts.
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?!
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.
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!
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.
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.
‘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!
Until then, Happy Mitten-ing!