Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

Pattern: Pink Grapefruit Mitts

Yarn: Bijou Basin Himalayan Trail (Yak and Merino) in ‘Fergus’ 

Needles: 2.75 mm (US 2)

Ravelry Project Page is here. 

Mods: I went down a needle size, because the yarn originally called for in the pattern has a high twist, giving it more elasticity while knitting. in order to make sure I got the right size, it was worth going down a needle size for a yarn that has a less elastic ply.

I was pretty blown away from the Bijou Spun Himalayan Trail yak/merino yarn. This was my first time using yak fiber, and it was incredibly soft, and incredibly strong. There is some great natural texture from combining the yark and merino fibers, and the plying reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, only stronger.  It’s still August, but I can already see that these are going to be an easy favourite for fall.  They are so soft, and I absolutely love the colour! ‘Fergus’ is a wonderfully rich, cool-toned burgundy that I love.

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

The yarn has a slight halo effect that almost makes it look like they aren’t in focus in photos (we did three different photo shoots for these mitts, convinced we were having a problem with the focus!), but it’s actually just the wonderfully soft texture of the yarn that gives it that look, while still having great stitch definition. The best of both worlds, if you ask me.

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

I decided to knit an older pattern of mine, Pink Grapefruit Mitts, from back in 2011. It’s such a neat experience to knit a pattern that you designed a while ago, because it feels completely new – I certainly didn’t remember how to do any of the details or even the featured stitch, so I followed along like it was a completely new pattern designed by someone else. And I loved it! I think sometimes when you design a pattern, you get so caught up in trying to get it right and sorting out the tricky spots and trying to make it clear and concise that it’s almost impossible to enjoy it as a knitting pattern anymore.  Giving it some time and then knitting it made me appreciate the pattern so much, and I feel like I got it right. Of course, there are no patterns out there that are perfect for every single knitter, but this one was just right for me, and I loved the thumb gusset. I am definitely going to use that thumb gusset again in a future design, it was so easy and looks so subtle.

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |

Lila was very interested in participating in the photo shoots (all of them!) and we have some awesome outtakes for a follow-up post. And you know how much I love outtakes! 😉

Finished Knit: Fergus Mitts |


  1. Evelyn   •  

    They are gorgeous, I love the yarn colour and the stitch pattern is very pretty. Rather fancy making a pair of these for myself at some point 🙂

  2. Lynne   •  

    Super sweet mother daughter photo 🙂 Lovely Lila inherited her momma’s peaches & cream complexion. 🙂

  3. Bekah   •  

    Those are lovely! I love fingerless mitts – perfect for this time of year with it’s in-between weather 🙂

  4. miss agnes   •  

    These are lovely, the color is so deep and they seem to be so comfortable. And this post reminds me that I have your pattern 🙂 and that I really should knit these mitts. I love that stitch in a darker colour.

  5. Tanis   •  

    Oh my gosh Lila! Those cheeks! Looking forward to the outtakes post already. That colour is awesome and I love your Pink Grapefruit pattern.

  6. Duni   •  

    The color and texture makes me want to drop everything and knit these immediately. How nice to be surprised/pleased by your own pattern! And I so look forward to the out takes. 🙂

  7. Christine   •  

    What lovely pictures Julie. It’s interesting to see how a change of yarn gives a pattern a totally different look. Love these mitts!

  8. Kat   •  

    That color is absolutely fantastic! I definitely want to try that yarn out-I love yak fiber so much 🙂

  9. Val   •  

    I love yak! The softness and the subtle halo are so great it’s worth working around the lack of elasticity. I’ve been dreaming of a drapy open-front cardigan made from it. I hear you on the difficulty to enjoy revisiting a self-designed pattern that’s been worked and reworked… They’re kind of like long grad school essays to me : once submitted, I don’t want to see it again for a while!
    A beautiful FO and photos!

  10. Zeta   •  

    Your mitts are adorable! The color is so deep and you can totally match it with any other color! Lila is such a cute little face!!!!

  11. Evelyn   •  

    I love all your pics and seeing your lovely Lila. The mitts are making me more excited for fall ~ gorgeous work, as usual!

  12. Monica   •  

    beautiful! That picture of you and Lila….amazing….So lovely!

  13. Corinne   •  

    I think your colour is amazing. Seeing these mitts make me want to cast on some for myself. Every morning these last few days I actually felt the coming chill of early fall mornings and thought about wearing something on my hands again while riding my bike.

  14. Heather   •  

    Those are beautiful mitts!

  15. Alicia   •  

    Awww, such sweet photos, and those mitts look luscious!

  16. Tahnee   •  

    Wonderful mitts, and they actually match well with your haircolour! Already looking forward to the outtakes 🙂

  17. Bronchitikat   •  

    Lovely mitts. I’ve heard good things about yak fibre too.

    It’s practically time to wear such things over here (southern UK). It’s been chilly and raining like mad all week. Last Saturday was the last time we really saw the sun. Since then there has been flooding. Ah well, the children go back to school middle of next week. Perhaps things will improve then.

  18. Kepanie   •  

    This is a pretty color. And ooh! The yarn sounds divine. Great photo shoot here.

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  20. Alina   •  

    Absolutely gorgeous accessory! I feel so excited right now, because finally I will actually NEED to make scarfs, mittens, hats!

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  22. Jenny   •  

    I love these mittens, and it was a pleasant surprise to find out it was an old pattern of your own! Bet that was such an interesting project! The colour is lovely lovely lovely and suits you so well, and knitting with yak? Phwoar I’ve never even heard of that – must look some up myself! jenny xx

  23. Loulou   •  

    Those are really nice. I love the colour. Cool that they’re your own pattern!

    That picture of you and Lila is so good. xo

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  25. kessanlin   •  

    Lovely little mitts and really nice pictures!

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