Tuesday, January 30, 2007

6 ° Mittens

When we last left off, I was on my exciting jaunt with Christine. But there was much more fun (and yarn) in store for the weekend. On Friday, Pea and I packed up for a little get-away in upstate Connecticut. It was his Christmas present and I was glad the winter had been mild, because he loves to go hiking when we're away.

Of course, I'm run by Murphy's Law, so it was no surprise that this weekend brought the coldest weather we've seen all year. Although we didn't let it spoil our weekend, hiking was definitely out!! Also out were my Fetching mitts. When it's 6 degrees, bare fingers just don't cut it.

Luckily, there happened to be a couple of great yarn stores in the area, The Village Sheep and Enchanting Yarns & Things. We set out on a quest for yarn and a pattern for mittens. The yarn was an easy choice when I fell in love with some beautiful Manos del Uruguay. I'd never knit with this yarn before, but had heard great things about it. I sure wasn't disappointed!!

When I started to look for a pattern, a funny thought hit me. Maybe I didn't need a pattern. Mittens are pretty basic, right? I've knit tons of socks and a few Fetchings. How different can a pair of mittens be? So armed with my new Manos, some DPNs, a tape measure and a note-pad, I created these!!

6 ° Mittens
Cast On: January 26, 2007
Completed: January 28, 2007
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay, colorway 105
Needles: Inox US8 DPN's

I had such a good time writing my little pattern for these mittens. They knit up in a flash, and I was extra proud that I took the time to work out my own pattern !! I certainly have no aspirations of become a knitting designer, but I've typed up this little pattern in case any of you would like to try it! Click here for pdf file. I'll link it in my sidebar too. And if you knit it up, please let me know what you think. I'd love to see a picture of your mittens!!

27 comments:

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern. You should send it in to "The Island of Misfit Patterns".

Wannabe said...

LOVE them. Also am lusting after the Friendly's Ice Cream. I plan on eating about 10 5 scoop Reese's Pieces sundaes when I'm up there in March! :)

Jenn said...

Lovely!

Jennifer said...

Yay for you! Very pretty mittens. Isn't Manos a Dream?

Sonya said...

Beautiful mittens! Very cool that you designed them yourself too.

Elizabeth said...

How is the Village Sheep? I haven't made it up there, but it's on the list!

Olga said...

You are so intrepid! Thanks for the pattern, sweetie!

Alisha said...

Love those mitts.....I may have to try those very soon!!!

Noeysmommy said...

Cute mittens! Nice job on the pattern. I'll have to give it a try. (although we don't have much need for mittens here!) I've always wanted to try Manos.

Dipsy said...

Well, these are the perfect mittens as I see it, and how absolutely great that you've done them from scratch, so to say! I wouldn't be able to do that and thus admire you big time for it! Thanks for sharing the pattern, I'll definitely try them out soon!

Christine said...

What did you think of the two stores? I think I liked Enchanted better, smaller but nicer staff.
BTW, I love the mittens!

Anonymous said...

They came out really cute! I'm sure they're very warm too. :)

Jessica
http://zarzuelaknitsandcrochets.com/blog

Cathy said...

Great job Karen!

Love the mittens and so happy you had a good time this past weekend!

christine said...

Oh, way cool! It's freezing here in Chicago now, too, so that pattern is coming just in time. Do you think you could whip up something for the dog's feets?

~Kristie said...

I've not knit with Manos YET, but I hear it's similar to Malabrigo, so those mittens must be FABULOUSLY soft!

Congrats on writing up your own pattern. I've not ever knit mittens, but when I do, I'll be using your pattern.

Sourire11 said...

Very cute!!! How wonderful that you've started designing your own patterns! I'm starting to hit that point too - not that I'm a knitwear designer or anything, but where I feel comfortable enough and confident enough to just do it without always stressing about finding a pattern. It's a nice place to be!

Lynda said...

What Great mittens. Manos was the first yarn I ever fell in love. Of course, I'm fickle when it comes to yarn so there have been many since... but I doooooo love Manos!

Kelly said...

Great job on the pattern and the mitts. They look so nice and warm!

MissyJoon said...

She knits, she dyes, she designs, she buys (yarn!) and she develops her own patterns! She is awesome! xo

Katt said...

Arent they just gorgeous! You did very well!

Katt

Melissa said...

Very cute! I've been wanting to try to make mittens, so maybe I'll try out your pattern.

Kathy said...

Great mittens. Thanks for the pattern....I have never knit a mitten. I may have to try your pattern!

Kirsten said...

Yay Karen!!! Great job with the mittens! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

KeanaLee said...

I love them & I love the Manos yarn, I have never bought any but I have seen it often, just haven't found the right project for it. MAybe this is it!
Your should be so proud.

trek said...

Good for you!

Zonda said...

Lovely mittens!!!

sigh....I miss Friendly's Ice Creams!

Ragan said...

Those are so cute! Love the picture, I will have to make some JUST for taking ice cream from the freezer. Tee hee. :)
Thank you for the great pattern!!

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