Monday, March 30, 2009

More for the Hands

These knit up so quickly, I didn't even have time to do a progress picture!

Pattern: Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino, colorway Dark Grey Mix, less than one skein
Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) Knit Picks Options with a 40" cable, worked magic loop
Started/Completed: March 25/March 28
Mods: substituted a lighter weight yarn than called for in the pattern

This pattern specified a bulky weight yarn but, wanting to start them right away and make them a stash-busting project, I decided to go with a worsted weight wool instead. Despite the horseshoe cables, the 1x1 ribbing up the arm makes these quite stretchy -- and, believe it or not, those narrow-looking tops actually do fit my hands (yes, I have crazy bony hands). I'd take a picture with a mitten on to prove it to you, but alas, I am not good at taking pictures of my own hands, and frankly these mittens are too pretty to mess up with an attempt at a modeled shot.

While they do fit nicely, I can see how a heavier yarn would make these a lot cushier and, therefore, warmer. I'm pretty darn sure that there's at least one more pair of these in my future, but it may not be until later this year when the weather starts to get colder (although we had some snow here last night, so you never know!).

The verdict? A winner! Easy to knit, easy pattern to follow, and they knit up super fast! I do recommend a good row counter if you're going to knit them, though.

And yes, they're Twilight inspired. I am hopelessly obsessed.


  1. those are super amazing! i've never seen the pattern before and i love it! great job!

  2. those look cozy!

  3. A bulky weight, eh? Hmmm ... may have some Malabrigo chunky sitting around that would be fun for this. Lookin' good!

  4. they look so so comfy!!! and a great pattern to think of come holiday time and you're all "oh noes! i forgot to make something for___________" hehe

  5. Oh my, you *are* obsessed! :)

  6. Those are fantastic! Makes me wish I lived somewhere colder!

    LOL on your Twilight obsession! Our local library is closed until May, if the tweenies have left any copies on the shelf when it reopens I'll have to check it out!

  7. Anonymous11:11 AM

    sooooo nice!!!

  8. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Those are so pretty and I LOVE the long cuffs!