Without a doubt, spring is the perfect season for fingerless mitts. Especially if they are the colour of flower petals.
Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.5 mm (US 3 and 4)
Not that you know it from the many, many times I’m willing to take my coat off outside in the winter just for the sake of a good knit photo, but I’m usually chilly. I’m that person who starts wearing tights under their jeans around mid-November and carries on until April. All my sweaters have tank tops or t-shirts under them. Layers are a cold person’s best friend! So when you get cold as often and as easily as I do, fingerless mitts are perfection. I’m always typing, or knitting, or taking photos, and you would think that all that activity would keep them warm, but no — my hands are always cold.
Enter the noble fingerless mitt. The humble, hardworking, utterly perfect fingerless mitt. I can never seem to have enough pairs of them.
The Heyworth pattern is from Plum Dandi Knits, a pattern collection I recommend back in January. I bookmarked several patterns from this collection, but these mitts are the first things I’ve made from it so far. I’m really happy with how they turned out- they look exactly like the pattern photos (we all know that doesn’t always happen). The only thing I found a little strange is that the increases for the thumb gusset were the reverse of what I would have done- meaning the M1L was done when I would have naturally done a M1R, to have a more defined edge to the gusset. But it works with the highly textured fabric of the mitt, so all’s well that ends well.
This is my first time using Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarn, and I’m really impressed. The yarn is from a family-run small business in Germany, and is stocked in select yarn stores all over the world, although with the modern wonder that is online shopping, you can easily order from the site and have the yarn shipping directly to your doorstep. The yarn I chose is from their Blend line, and it’s a butter soft melange of merino, cashmere and nylon. Having anything with cashmere in it on a delicate area like your wrists automatically feels like heaven.
The Blend line comes it more colourways than you can imagine, and I had a really tough time deciding – but it’s funny how we crave those lighter spring colours after a long winter. And this colourway seemed to be the perfect balance between a dusty rose and a pale lilac, and I like that it was a little hard to pin down, it make the eye linger a little longer.
I was blown away by the yardage (364 yards) in a single skein of this yarn- I only used about 25% of it for these mitts, so now I’m thinking of something that coordinates- a hat perhaps, or a small cowl? I’d love to use the same sort of stitch as the mitts. I’m already looking forward to using this yarn again – and I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting a sweater’s worth, because this would be a fantastic sweater yarn. Next time! Or maybe these sets of mini skeins….. I know, I know. so easily distracted.
This is sponsored post from Rohrspatz & Wollmeise. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.