New Pattern Release: Trinette Hat and Mittens

Introducing my latest pattern: the Trinette Hat and Mitten set!

(Photos from Classic Elite!)

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Pattern: Trinette Hat and Trinette Mittens

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: $6 on Ravelry, or as part of the booklet #9245 “Belle” (from Classic Elite Yarns)

Yarn: CEY Liberty Wool; MC: 7815 “Bright Olive”; CC 7865 “Violet Glen”

  • Hat only: 2 balls MC, 1 ball CC
  • Mittens only: 2 balls MC, 1 ball CC
  • Hat & Mittens: 3 balls MC, 2 balls CC

Design/Skills Needed:

This vibrant hat use a variety of different techniques to create playful color changes and textures.

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Coordinating Contrast: the cure for Second Mitten Syndrome

Christine (of Christine Guest Designs) has been blogging about Coordinating Contrast Mittens for a while now. It’s kind of brilliant — knit two mittens from two different patterns, so you don’t get bored.  If you use the same yarn, it’s all good — one can tell your fraternal mittens are meant to be a pair.

She featured my Daisy Ruth Mittens as a potential match for her Holly Mittens — I think they’re a good match!

FO Friday: Handspun Chicken Mittens

I made something out of yarn that I made!

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Project: Handspun Chicken Mittens

Pattern: Fried Chicken Mittens

Designer: Ellen Mason

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: my very first handspun yarn

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Fried Chicken Mittens is my very favorite “just a mitten” pattern.  The way the thumb increases are done make for a superior fit!  I knew I would be a bit short on yardage, and my handspun yarn was in two or three different weights.  I started with the most irregular/bulky/fuzzy yarn at the cuff, and knit less cuff than called for.  I knit the mittens two at a time, so that if I needed to turn them into fingerless mitts, they’d be at the same point.  I joined in the mid-range yarn shortly after the cuff, and then swapped to the best yarn as that ran out.

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I knew I would be cutting it VERY close.

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As you can see, I ended up short by the tip of one thumb.  I stole a bit of yarn from the first batch spun on my new spinning wheel, and called it good.

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FO Friday: Chicken Mittens

I made some chicken mittens!

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Project: Chicken Mittens

Pattern: Honeycock Mittens

Designer: SpillyJane

Available: sometime after July 2013

Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight in “Doodle Doo” (red), “Honey Cocka” (yellow), and “Valkyrie Fledge” (purple)

This was the July Rockin’ Sock Club “not a sock” pattern.  The club yarn was GORGEOUS, as you can see.  I loved the whimsy of the chicken mittens.

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I have to say I was a bit disappointed in how the red/purple colorwork on the cuff just doesn’t show up as colorwork — the colorways just overlapped too much, sharing more than one red/brown hue.  Similarly, some of the brown in the yellow colorway was close enough to the brown in the red colorway that some of the rooster’s tail can be a bit hard to see.  This makes him look off-center on the mitten.

However these are minor quibbles.  After waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for the mittens to dry, they have become my go-to mittens this season. Honey Cocka Doodle Doo, my Valkyrie Fledge!