I’m excited introduce a new pattern of mine, and the first published pattern of Yarnsley Lane! Meet the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts! Inspired by necessity, these mitts are designed to be petite in your coat sleeves, but warm on the fingers. They contain a cozy cable pattern that reminds me of winter and an afterthought thumb (my favorite method!). Better yet, they can be made in less than 1 skein of Juniper Farms Moonshine!
Lets talk a little about what inspired the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts. As the days got shorter and the weather got colder, I reached into the back of my closet for my trusty fingerless mitts. Imagine my devastation when I found out that they had holes! And apparently a dropped stitch in the thumb (Clumsy me.)! I was bummed to find that they were no longer wearable. Clearly some new mitts were in order, but what did I want?
I knew that I wanted something short that wouldn’t interfere with my sleeves in my coat. I envisioned a long cuff that I could fold down over my fingers to shield them from the wind. The knits would need some visual interest. Something cozy, like cables. I searched and searched ravelry, but nothing quite fit what I wanted. The solution was clear: It was time to design my own.
As for the yarn, I must have circled the yarn store about 50 times looking for just the right yarn for the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts. I knew in my head that it was a creamy color, that it was a squishy single ply and that I wanted some good fuzz factor. I needed yarn with a good halo. Finally I decided on this Juniper Farms Moonshine. It’s a single ply with wool, alpaca and silk. The alpaca give it the nice halo I was looking for and the silk makes it luminous. The color didn’t have a name on my yarn band, but with a little searching I believe the color is Flan. I cannot think of a more perfect name for this color. I have to stop thinking about it because it’s making me hungry.
The Maple Smash Mitts are just what I needed; a short fingerless glove that features a nice big cable and a cuff to shield my fingers from the cold. They are knit in the round with an afterthought thumb(my favorite!) and take very little time (and yarn!) to knit up!
Get the pattern for free here: Maple Smash Mitts by Yarnsley Lane
Or on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maple-smash-mitts
So go out there! Knit your own mitts!
If you do, let me know, because I’d love to see them.