Yesterday a fantastic anthology of craftivism mittens and mitts popped up in my pattern highlights section on Ravelry. It is a collection of designs called Join Hands, and as I was savouring the patterns, I realised that it was time for another post about great mitten patterns (previous posts include Merry Mittenmas!, A dozen great patterns for fingerless mitts, and Mittens!). This seems to be becoming an annual feature on the blog, one which I am more than happy to continue. So, without further ado, here are my picks of the season.
We must do better by Dianna Walla
I like all of the patterns in the Join Hands pattern ebook, but this is one of my favorites. I love anything Dianna Walla designs (she is a fantastic blogger as well; check her out here). These mitts really speak to me, both for their meaning and for the great lines of the design and the very simple but bold patterning. The proceeds from the ebook will be split equally between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center, two worthy organisations! The phrase “We must do better”, knitted around the cuffs, is taken from the book We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Iznik by Barbara Gregory
Barbara Gregory’s designs are nearly always winners in my book. I love her use of colour and whimsy. (I knit one of her sweaters which I blogged about here.) She puts out great mitten patterns every year. This year I was taken with the design called Iznik. I am a big fan of tiles, and the Iznik tiles and pottery from Turkey are very distinctive and beautiful. She uses duplicate stitch for the third colour, so these are not as difficult as they appear, using two-colour stranded knitting throughout.
Petronela Mittens by Anna Lipinska
This year I seem to be attracted to big, cosy mittens. I have a cold right now, so perhaps that factored into my selection, but it seems to be a trend on this list. These mittens are very spare but look like just the right thing to wear for a brisk winter walk. In fact, these mittens are almost enough to make me wish to take a brisk winter walk, which is saying a lot. I like these in natural colours but could imagine making them in almost any shade. Make them for your teenagers and watch them not be able to text.
Herati by Sari Nordlund
I like almost anything from the Pom Pom Quarterly. This pair of mittens really caught my eye (not hard to do with this sumptuous shot – all those beautiful reds and golds). These are knit with Quince & Co Finch, a favorite yarn, and I just might have these very colours in my stash! I hesitate to knit mittens without a gusset (see my post To gusset or not to gusset) but these have been circling around in my brain and could very well end up on my needles.
Black and White Mittens by Carolyn Vance
These mittens are published in a journal called Cast On, The Educational Journal for Knitters, Winter 2017/18; it is published quarterly by The Knitting Guild Association, a non-profit organization. This suggests that this pattern is educational; I just think it’s cool. I am attracted to geometrical prints and also to black and white patterns. These are knit in sport weight yarn on tiny needles, to get a gauge of 10 stitches to the inch in pattern. The design uses a technique called twined knitting – I don’t know it (I guess that is what makes this educational), but can also be knit with traditional stranded stockinette.
Lines Mittens by tincanknits
I love what tincanknits do with colour, but this pattern shows how great they are with natural shades as well. I really like these mittens – I love how the grey and white play against each other, I love the geometry of the lines, and I especially love the photo. If I had these, I would hang around on cliffs all day waiting for someone to photograph my hands artfully arranged against the rocks. These are knit in a cashmere blend, by the way, which makes me want them even more.
Tveir Fingerless Gloves by Ella Gordon
I had to include this very Christmas-y design here. These fingerless gloves are so cheerful and pretty. They make me think of eggnog and gingerbread and wrapping paper and Christmas tree ornaments. It’s a very sweet pattern, from the Shetland Wool Week Annual 2017.
Pink Pine Pair by Nataliya Sinelshchikova
These are fantastic mittens with a super interesting construction. I covet these, in the exact colours. I want this pop of pink! And then maybe I would make a pair with a pop of red! Or a pop of orange! Or a pop of purple! Maybe I need many pairs! I have never heard of this designer and this is her only pattern on Ravelry, but if this is the first she is off to a good start.
I hope this post inspires you to knit a pair of mittens. I believe there should be a design for everyone in this selection (including all of those on your gift list). Happy knitting!