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Happy New Year and an Accounting!

2015 knitting designs

This was clearly a year of pattern designing for me!  25 new designs were released throughout 2015.  Socks, cowls, mitts, shawls, a tea cozy, and a Christmas Stocking for the last year.  There are new designs waiting in the wings, shawls, cowls, hats, scarves, mitts, and maybe some shrugs are in the future here.

I’ve dabbled in cables, lace, textures, embroidery, heels, toes, cast-ons, bind-offs, edgings, and weights.  What should I play with in 2016?  I’m asking my dear readers what patterns they would like to see from me in the coming months.  More lace? More shawls?  More socks?  What shall tickle your fancy for the next year?

Until I hear back from all of you, I’ll just offer a discount code.  Good until January 7, use code “yaybook” for 25% off all patterns on Ravelry!

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Another Pair of Alida Mitts

I re-knit the Alida Mitts for the trunk show at Black Sheep (coming in just a few weeks during the Rose City Yarn Crawl). One thing that I just really love about mitts is that they knit quickly and take a small amount of yarn.

The Alida Mitts were so much fun to knit again. I forgot how much I liked the cables that I used in their construction. Plus, the Swans Island DK was scrumptious to knit. It’s pricey, but so worth it for small projects. I love that it feels like a huge luxury.

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Yarn: Swans Island Organic Washable DK, Graphite,
Needle: US 4 Hiya Hiya Steel DPNs
Pattern: Alida Mitts by Me!
Modifications: None to the pattern. I did change up the yarn and needle.


Shout Outs

Thank you to Kim for her kind endorsement. I’m terribly pleased with the response from my free pattern day. At last count I was over 1000 downloads and 200 “favorites” on the Hexagon Mitts. Now, just think if all of those people had been willing to purchase my mitt pattern. It boggles my mind, it does.

HOWEVER, I am really happy to spread a bit of cheer and warmth with my pattern and hope that everyone who knits them puts pictures on Ravelry and shares where that little pattern came from with all of their friends. Who knows, it might encourage me to share more patterns for free in the future. Or maybe host another contest. Hint, hint. 🙂

ETA: Um, when I wrote that post the numbers were correct but the latest count has 1650 downloads and 350 “favorites.” Just. Wow.
ETAA: Well, 1704 downloads and 373 “favorites” later, I am so pleased that people want to make my mitts. 🙂


Free For The Day

Go to Ravelry to download the Hexagon Mitts free until 9:30am PST January 11, 2015.

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Here is my latest finished pair. The best part about these mitts is that they only use about 105 yards of yarn. So you can easily manage 2 pairs from many of the worsted yarns available. Additionally, they make a great stash-buster for leftover yarn.

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Yarn: Studio Donegal Soft Tweed, 1/2 skein
Pattern: Hexagon Mitts
Needle: US 7 Clover Bamboo DPNs
Modifications: None. I did use a larger needle as recommended for my yarn, but no mods to the pattern


Finished Twisted Love Mitts

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I’m making up some 2nd samples of my patterns because I will be holding a small trunk show at Black Sheep at Orenco in March during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I thought this fun bamboo, wool, nylon blend yarn worked really well with the twisted stitches. I was very pleased with how much stitch definition I had with this yarn. The stitches twist and pop as well as a tight twist 100% wool yarn, but the hand and the softness is incredible. Plus you really can’t beat a $5 ball of yarn. Talk about an inexpensive project.

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I’m really pleased with how these mitts turned out. You could knit the mitts shorter in the wrist or hand if desired, but I like them longer.

Yarn: Think Bamboo Superwash Sock Yarn
Needles: US 1 Signature Hiya Hiya DPNs
Pattern: Twisted Love Mitts
Modifications: Maybe in length, but no others


Two New Mitt Patterns!

I have two new mitt patterns to introduce today: Blackout Mitts and Lights On Mitts. Both of these patterns are single skein patterns and use only 50 grams, under 120 yards of worsted weight yarn. How nice is that? I just love mitts.

Blackout Mitts
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I have been coveting the yarn I used for these mitts for months. I finally bought a ball and had so much fun finding just the right stitch pattern to show off the halo. It had to have just enough pop to not be obscured, and yet have texture and zing. In deference to the name of the stitch pattern, I decided to call these the Blackout Mitts.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice to advanced knitter. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 skein Blacker Swan, Falkland Islands Wool DK, 100% New Wool, 119 yards, 50 grams, Balsam Bog

Needle: US 6 (2.25 mm) Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s medium wrist, approx. 7.5” circumference

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the mitt as needed.

NOTE: Knit the shorter length to ensure you do not run out of yarn. If you are brave, try the longer length.

Lights On Mitts
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The Lights On Mitts are the companion pattern to the Blackout Mitts. While I was designing the Blackout Mitts, I thought the Blacker would also look great in lace. A little thought and a little work resulted in this great, quick knit.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice to advanced knitter. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 skein Blacker Swan, Falkland Islands Wool DK, 100% New Wool, 119 yards, 50 grams, Summer Sea

Needle: US 6 (2.25 mm) Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s medium wrist, approx. 7.5” circumference

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the mitt as needed.

NOTE: Knit the shorter length to ensure you do not run out of yarn. If you are brave, try the longer length.


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Some Mobile Mitts

While my friends and family have been dealing with the 10-14 inches of snow in the Midwest, here I sit in Oregon where the temps are rarely below 30 degrees F. Still, it can feel chilly in the morning and I do have a few friends out here. So, I did, perhaps, make one a pair of Mobile Mittens. This is a sweet little pattern that is easy to customize. I think you could even drop in some cables or lace and really personalize the mittens if you wanted to.

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I altered the pattern quite a bit, if you want to see my notes you can check my Ravelry project page.

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I used some nice Shibui Knits Sock.

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Size 1 Hiya Hiya Steel DPNs.

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And I think that Yuh-Chi was pretty happy with them.  (PS, don’t tell her about my blog.  She doesn’t know that her picture is on here. bwa  ha haha ha)