I knit these cozy mittens about 9 months ago or so. They were a free pattern in the My Sister Knits newsletter back in February. There they had to fit in very limited space so both mittens were to be knit with the cables identical on each mitten and the stitch pattern was given only in line-by-line format. I am a die hard chart knitter so that wasn’t going to do for the final product. I am also a sucker for little details so knit my pair with the stitch pattern mirrored across the mittens.
I’ve had the pattern pasted up and ready to go except for photos since February as well. I’m not 100% certain what held up photography, likely weather to a certain extent until they were forgotten about and late winter turned into spring and releasing bulky mittens seemed silly. I’ve been getting a few unfriendly e-mails lately about it being “unfair” that a pattern that is not available be listed on Ravelry. Rude as they were, it was a good kick in the pants to dust the pattern off and get it out there now that fall is supposedly on it’s way (though it is hard to believe with our upper 80’s and low 90’s highs this past week).
One of the many very warm things Amanda modeled for me on Sunday in the record breaking heat were these mittens. As you can see, we had a good time. (Though I probably should have bought her an ice cream or at least an iced latte afterwards seeing as how she modeled alpaca, cashmere and yak in 90 degrees - I owe you big time, Amanda!)
It seems we have stumbled upon a magic place for photography in town. The energy there and the light just all comes together. There is also a wide variety of backdrops to choose from making it great for when we need to photograph multiple projects but want them to each look distinct.
Since I haven’t looked at the pasted-up pattern in so long I want to make another technical edit pass over it before releasing it for sale. It will go up on Ravelry today sometime, barring any horrific errors found. To celebrate I’ll be having a little sale over the weekend, so stay tuned to my Twitter, Facebook groupor Ravelry group to get all the details once the pattern is up!
The Laridae Mittens pattern features thumbs with an asymmetric gusset that help keep the cables centered nicely and undistorted on the back of the hand while the palms are knit in plain stockinette stitch. The cable pattern is mirrored across the mittens. Knit at 16 stitches and 24 rounds per 4″ / 10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round the resulting mittens will be approximately 7.5″ circumference unstretched and 10.5 inches long from beginning of cuff to tip. Additional sizes can be obtained by adjusting gauge appropriately. The pattern is 4 pages long, with both written line-by-line and charted instructions for the cable pattern and top of mitten shaping and will be $6. It will be sold in my Ravelry store, though you need not be a member of Ravelry or have a PayPal account to purchase the pattern.
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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be taking in one final harvest festival this weekend where I shall buy this year’s pie pumpkins. What will you be doing?