Tuesday, March 25, 2014

LINDEN mittens

i finished this pair of mittens Sunday evening and i have to say that i am quite in love with them. they are such a quick knit and perfect for self-striping yarn. i knit my pair out of highland handmades self-striping silver maple sock yarn in poor lost circus performers, which is a sport weight yarn. however, the brilliant jane richmond created this pattern for sport weight or fingering weight. i'm thinking about casting on a second pair in a superwash merino fingering weight. this pattern is perfect for any sock weight or sport weight yarn you have that doesn't have an nylon in it. and they are soooo warm! here in north carolina, we are already enjoying spring but i may get some wear of out them as they are calling for snow (?!) again and colder temps later on this week.

i did make a couple of modifications. i knit the ribbing to 1.5 inches and did the cuff for a total of 3.5 inches. i like my mittens to tuck into the sleeves of my coat rather then just sit at the edge. i also knit them using the magic loop method on US size 2 circulars.

i finished these mittens just in time to submit them for the into the wool spotlight kal and jane's LINDEN mittens kal. i just realized that you may not have heard of into the wool from me yet, but it's a knitting retreat that i am attending in may!!! my first ever!!!

thanks to jane for a great pattern and a fun kal!

public service announcement: knit picks is discontinuing their felici line so go grab some if you need to beef up your self-striping stash. you can't beat the prices! they no longer carry the sport weight but there is still a bit of fingering left.

by the way...i just looked outside and we are having a rain/snow mix....i'm cuddled up with my knitting, coffee, and a couple of daniel tiger episodes with the little man. enjoy your day!


  1. Oh, Kristen their so cute and cute on you! I can't get over the name of the yarn: poor circus performers :). I actually ordered a couple more skeins of Felici after we talked for socks...one of these days.
    I think its great tht you're going to a knitting retreat. I want to do that one day too, or at least a fiber festival with classes. Hope you have a great, relaxing time on your trip.

  2. thank you michelle! i love them. i am so excited about my knitting retreat..it will definitely be great to sit and knit with other knitters. you should definitely look into a retreat or fiber festival! i did the fiber festival earlier this year but didn't take any classes. walking around the different booths and seeing all of the livestock was a wonderful experience! and...i always have a sock (or two) going along with my other projects. they are great to knit on out in public or get back up knitting if you forget your project. i can't wait to see your socks.