Some of you may have seen my recent plea on Twitter. I need an easy knitting project – help! In the end, I stumbled upon this free knitting pattern on the Internet. It was only as I was halfway through a mitten that I realised I’ve used this pattern at least three times before, cut out of a weekend supplement years ago.
So, the details. First off, the wool recommended by the pattern isn’t produced any more. That doesn’t matter. Any Aran weight wool will do. If you don’t know what Aran weight is, ask a member of staff in the shop. Or if you’re buying online, look out for suppliers such as Loop or Deramore where they’ll give you the option of choosing wool by weight.
The pattern suggests investing in two 50g balls of wool. For these tiny things? I used about 47g of wool, so I’d advise buying just the one 50g ball of wool. I used up scraps of Malabrigo Worsted that I had lying around from previous projects. I love this merino wool. Love, love, love. It’s soooo soft and it retains shape really well – which is important when knitting cosy mitts. You don’t want them to turn baggy after one wear.
Fingerless mittens are perfect for this time of year. It’s not so cold that you need all your digits muffled, yet it’s nice to have something to guard your hands from Autumnal chapping. I also find fingerless mittens perfect for fighting ferocious air con in the office.
It took me an evening to knit each mitten. I know from past experience that I always immediately forget which is the left and which is the right mitten. So, this time, I knotted a scrap of red wool in the seam of my right hand mitten. Now, I’ll always know!
I loved working with stripes. Now, I REALLY want to knit a striped Breton-style jumper. Any knitting patterns you can recommend, let me know!
Do you fancy making a pair of Monkey Mitts? To go with your Sensational Snood, maybe?