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A little while ago I mentioned that I had some other crochet patterns from KnotSewCute to try out, one of which was for ladies fingerless mitts.  Well shortly after writing that blog post I found myself wanting to make a little present for one of my friends, and as she does a lot of walking and cycling I thought that fingerless mitts were a good choice.

I had a rummage through my yarn stash and found some gorgeous merino DK that I’d bought a few years ago for a dress I wanted to crochet – as it turned out I got distracted part way through, and when I finally went back to it found that I hadn’t marked where I’d got to in the pattern.  Cue lots of annoyed frogging as I gave up, wound the wool back into balls and shoved it into the depths of my yarn basket.

Anyway… I chose this merino wool, in a lucious deep teal, and off I went.  The pattern was really easy to follow and the mitts came together very quickly.

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My friend was happy with them, and I thought my work was done.  Oh no, not quite yet – my mother liked the look of them, and asked if I could make a pair for her too…

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They look a little different, don’t they?  My mum wanted them for wearing when she does the local car boot sale, and as it can get very cold standing outdoors all day she wanted only the very tips of her fingers to be free (for counting out change).  She also didn’t want the picot edge, or the decorative buttons.  Fair enough mum: your wish is my command!

I’m now working on a pair for myself (which will have more modifications), and then will make a pair for my partner too as he (like me) thinks they’ll be perfect for wearing whilst walking the dog.  It’s a jolly good job that they’re a quick project (one mitt can be crocheted during one evening in front of the telly)…

Many thanks again to Kim for the pattern, it’s been a brilliant one to try and the finished mitts are gorgeous and warm 🙂

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So it’s knitwear time!  I’ve knitted and crocheted quite a diverse range of items over the past few years, but in terms of things I could actually wear I’ve managed nothing more adventurous than scarves and shawls.  I’ve always fancied making mittens but always had The Fear of doing something that looked so complicated.  Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about it more and more, mainly because my knitting has improved considerably after knitting so much for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.

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In mid-November my fella bought me a surprise – the magazine pictured above.  I’ve not tried Knitting & Crochet magazine before so it was a lovely gift, and there were quite a few patterns inside which I liked the look of including some fingerless mitts.  Of course I couldn’t wait and got stuck in straight away.

The pattern was very straightforward (they’re knitted flat and then sewn up), and it only took a couple of evenings to get the mitts finished.  I’m SO pleased with them!

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The right mitt is ever so slightly tighter than the left mitt as I did that one second and was afraid that the yarn would run out, so my tension was greater – next time I will make sure I don’t knit so tightly (I should have trusted that the magazine would supply enough yarn for the pattern!).  I really like the style of the mitts, especially the cuffs, and I may well make another pair in colours that suit me better (blue isn’t really me, sadly), and I will definitely be trying out some other mitt patterns over the next couple of months!

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