Caswell Bay Fingerless Mitts

dsc04494In 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.

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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!

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Look at that twisted rib! It seems like each time I knit itย 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!

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Blended Rollers

Over the past year I have seenย several versions of the Rose City Rollers pattern floating around on Instagram. Whether knit in a solid color, with speckled, striped or pooling yarn, or with several yarns blended together, these socks are spunky!

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Naturally I went with the blended–arguably most difficult–route. Diving headlongย into my stash I pulled out House of A La Mode Fancy Fingering in ‘O’de to Anthro,’ Hedgehog Fibres Sock in ‘Banana Legs,’ Spun Right Round SW Sock in ‘Chirpy’ and Madelinetosh TML in ‘Mandala’ (arranged in order from left to right, below).

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I had witnessed the blended technique mostly in the rollers knit by Mara Catherine Bryner, the pattern’s author. Attempting to mimic her technique, I slowly faded the four colors from ankle to toe. It was a little tedious but well worth it. Now I have a work of art! (Even with one yarn, though, these would be a work of art…)

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