New bulky, QUICK patterns, just in time for last-minute holiday knitting! This is technically one new pattern, plus one pattern re-release, but they are available together as a new matching set.
Twist on a Classic (ravelry link) is a new pattern for fingerless mitts – they are fun and speedy to make, they are cozy in bulky yarn (but can also be made in lighter weights), they are custom fit to your hands, and they have a classic look that would be pleasing to any giftee ;) But also, I recommend making a pile for yourself, as I have done since designing them – I’m wearing the red/orange pair right now as I type and I love them!!
What a Twist (ravelry link) is a re-release of my Pink Squish Hat pattern from Knitscene in summer 2013. The pattern rights went back to me, so I made a leethal-style pdf, renamed it, and now you can buy the pattern directly from me. It’s not a typical leethal pattern – it’s designed in a single weight/gauge (bulky weight, 13 stitches to 4 inches), and there are no modifications or variations offered – but, it is constructed in a cool modular way that makes knitting it really fun! And it’s reeeally cozy to wear!
When I made plans to self-publish the hat, one thing that bothered me was that I wasn’t able to squeeze a hat out of one skein of the recommended yarn, I had to dip into a second skein, leaving almost a full skein left over. So, I thought, how about I design a pattern that’s perfect for using up that almost-skein, for an item that pairs well with the hat? So that’s what I did! 2 skeins of Quince & co. Puffin (or other similar bulky yarns) are the perfect amount to make a hat and a matching pair of mitts!
They are fun to make together, since they use a lot of similar techniques, and they are definitely great to wear together, both being covered in bulky cables and garter stitch squishiness!
I don’t need to say much about the hat; it’s pretty straightforward, and I posted about it back when the magazine was released. Several projects have been posted on ravelry, so you can see what other knitters had to say over there. I made this new sample above with the contrasting crown cable, but I’m actually not into how that looks, so I recommend just using one color throughout ;)
But I will tell you more about the mitts! They are made sideways, so they’re custom fit around your hand, and the cable is knit modularly with no picked up stitches, just simple short rows (no wrapping), with increases and decreases connecting it as you knit to the adjacent sideways sections. The mitts are joined together with 3-needle bind-offs, and the thumbs are knit in the round.
They can optionally be made with a contrasting color cable, which is a fun way to show off a small amount of a special yarn, like I did with my handspun sample…
…which are solid color handspun for the main yarn:
They were originally designed for bulky weight, but since they are custom sized around your hand, they can easily be made in any weight. The pattern as written works well down to around aran weight (or anywhere from heavy worsted through all levels of bulky/chunky weights). Here is my aran weight sample:
(That’s a recycled hand-dyed yarn, which slowly changes colors from orange to red.)
There are modification notes included for going down to lighter weights, and/or making longer mitts, and also for changing the placement/width of the cables, for if you’re using a lighter weight and want to expand the cable… I started a new pair today using a wider cable modification, again with a special handspun yarn as the cable panel:
An awesome tester knit up a mitt with the wider cable mod, and the longer length mod, which you can see on ravelry. The way the pattern works, if you are a somewhat experienced knitter, once you make one pair normally so that you understand how the parts all fit together, you can pretty much make them any weight, any size, custom cables if you want, etc. But of course, you can just follow the pattern exactly as written and not have to think about mods! Lots of options!
They are worked continuously from beginning to end – if you make the single color version, you never break your yarn, including for the 3-needle bind-offs and other finishing steps, so you only have 2 ends to weave in. If you make a contrasting cable, then you’ll just have the 4 extra ends to weave in from the cable.
The pattern is written for 2 lengths, and then there are the mod notes included to go longer. The shorter length (only for bulky weight) knits up SO quickly – they take me about an hour per mitt, and I am not a fast knitter! The longer size is for nice long mitts in the bulky weight, or shorter length mitts for the aran weight range, like my red sample. They are still a very quick knit, even in the lighter weight.
The pattern includes full instructions for all techniques used (cast-ons, bind-offs, sideways edge techniques, cables), and process photos to help you along.
I love every pattern I design, but something about these makes me a little extra excited, how they are SO quick and fun to knit, and have such a simple look that can be really plain and classy, or totally wild and wacky, depending on yarn choices. I love them!!
I hope some of you are able to take advantage of the release date and whip up a few pairs for last-minute gifts! If you do, please snap a photo and throw your projects up on ravelry – seeing your versions is my favorite part!!