In October my daughter started asking for another pair of fingerless mitts, so her mitts were at the top of my 2017 knitting agenda. I had decided I would do the mitts in DK weight yarn because I knit the last few with fingering (it was like I was knitting socks), and I didn’t have the patience to do that immediately again. Sophie had also asked if she could pick out her own yarn online, and reluctantly I agreed. After looking through all of my favorite Etsy sellers and favorite big brands, she decided on Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in the colorway “Shiver.” I’m not gonna lie and pretend I wasn’t thrilled at the opportunity to work with Hedgehog again. I have quite a bit in my stash, which I hoard like a greedy troll, but for me this stuff is not easy to come by. At one time I had joined a Hedgehog sock of the month club, but otherwise I get all my sock and DK Hedgehog from Simply Socks Yarn Company.
Since there are a ton of nice fingerless mitt patterns out there, settling on a pattern was no easy task. However, I ended up picking the Caswell Bay pattern, which is part of a travel-inspired compilation by Fiona Alice called Take Heart: A Transatlantic Knitting Journey (pictured above). I had purchased this book a year or so ago, but with all the spur of the moment KAL’s and gifts, I only now gave myself the chance to make something from it.
The pattern is available in two sizes, so naturally I went with the smaller one, which even then I knew would be a tad big for my daughter. As I was selecting this pattern I had worried the speckled yarn might not be best suited for showcasing the beautiful arrow- or heart-like shapes on the top of the hand, but that doubt is long gone. They turned out great!
Look at that twisted rib! It seems like each time I knit it I’m like, “Oh, hello old friend!” The definition, the twist–it elevates the rib and renders the shapes and colors more eye-catching than they would otherwise be. Perfect for my Sophie!