Pattern: Pink Grapefruit Mitts
Needles: 2.75 mm (US 2)
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.
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.
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.
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! 😉