Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pattern Release: Shallows Mitts

One recent morning, as I sat at the computer wearing my Shallows cowl and waiting for my office to warm up, I wished I had a pair of mitts that would keep my hands just as warm and cozy as the cowl was keeping my neck.

After a little swatching and calculating, I made my wish come true:

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Pattern: Shallows Mitts, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Swans Island Organic Merino Fingering in the Oatmeal colorway, about 135 yards
Needles: US4/3.50mm and US2/2.75mm

The Shallows Mitts are now available on Ravelry and in my Etsy and Craftsy pattern shops.

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The mitts require about 135 yards of fingering weight yarn. They are knit flat, then seamed—perfect for those who don't like working with dpns. You'll also need 16 #6 seed beads and a size 10/1.15mm steel crochet hook for placing the beads. If you have never knit with beads before, don't worry—it's easy, and the pattern gives clear instructions. (You can also omit the beads—just knit the stitch instead of placing a bead on it.)

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The pattern is written for one size, a women's medium. The mitts measure 7.25 inches/18cm at the widest point (before seaming). A small amount of shaping provides extra ease across the back of the hand and prevents unattractive gaping at the thumb opening. To make the mitts smaller, try a light fingering weight yarn; for a larger size, use sport or DK weight yarn.

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The Shallows Mitts and the Cowl/Scarf are available both individually and as a set. Until December 15, I'm offering the mitts at a discount in all three of my pattern shops (Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy).

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They're easy and quick to knit, making them an ideal holiday gift. You can easily get three pairs out of a 400-yard skein of sock yarn. Or, use leftover fingering weight yarn in your stash (be sure to weight it first to determine whether you have enough).

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As always, stitch pattern instructions are given in both written form and a chart.

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Credits:
  • Modeling and photo shoot assistance by Betsey (and all of the crochet items you see in these photos are by Betsey)
  • Handwoven treasure bag in the top photo by Jenny
  • Additional modeling by Amber, one of the two masterminds behind Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
  • Tech editing by Katherine

Thank you very much for reading!



4 comments:

peacefullyknitting.com said...

Oh there needs to be a "love" button to click. What beautiful mitts Bonnie and a perfect design to knit up along with the Shallows cowl, which I still must knit!

Heather T. Handicrafter said...

There is a serious amount of talent contained in this post!

Evelyn said...

Ooh, just gorgeous!

Jody said...

I love these mitts! What a stylish way to keep your hands warm and a great intro to beading of you haven't done not before - just 16 little beads! I'm considering making up a pair for my mom for Christmas. 

And ps - awesome pics!