When Kollabora asked me to create a project using their yarn, you can imagine how excited I was. First of all, I’ve been creating my own accessories for a few years and I was ready to share with the rest of the knitting world.
Second, I got to dive into a giant box full of yarn and pick whatever colors I wanted. (I warned them ahead of time, this was a dangerous move.)
Well, here it is!
The mitts are knit in the round with Kollabora’s Alpaca au Natural and Nora’s Pantry yarns. The yarn is super soft and yummy. (The alpacas are raised in cold temperatures in the Andes!) I love the colors of the Nora’s Pantry yarns and, you know me, I can’t say no to an undyed alpaca! Making this was a lot of fun!
Coming up with a beginner/intermediate pattern was actually a bit of a challenge for me. I didn’t want to make something so simple that it had been done before or so easy that it was boring. But I definitely didn’t want to over complicate it. I realized that it’s difficult for me to gauge what is easy and what is “hard” (or, let’s say ‘advanced’) after so many years of knitting. When it comes to knitting, I am fearless; it’s just combinations of one stitch and it’s mirror, if you will. But newer knitters can easily be intimidated and patterns can quickly begin to look like complex calculus formulas.
Colorwork was something that I wanted to do when I first started knitting. So I thought that it would be a fun project. Also, it involves knitting in the round which is my favorite thing to do!
The pattern is available for free on Kollabora! You can even buy all of the supplies you need through their shop. I’d love to see your fingerless mitts!
Have you worked with the Kollabora yarns yet? What do you think?
I’m sure you need no reminder that Christmas is around the corner. (Chanukah is already here and I am somehow prepared for my upcoming gift exchange! Chanukah is all about miracles, though.) I keep finding adorable little things that I’d love to make as gifts but I won’t have time to make them all before the holidays are over. (By the way, have you been following my current crazy holiday WIP on instagram? I’M INSANE.)
In case you just realized you forgot to make something for Kevin or you just pulled your boss’s name in the office Secret Santa and you’d love to make them something that would make them forget all of those times they caught you searching for cardigan patterns on Ravelry instead of doing your job (not that that’s ever happened to me, I’m speaking hypothetically here), this gift guide is for you.
1. Purl Soho Homespun Boot Socks
2. Red is Best glitten pattern by Jane Richmond
3. Cowl a la Americaine by Amy Christoffers (There’s a sale on this pattern ebook! Do it!)
4. Lion Brand Houndstooth Check Tie
5. Stjarna by Karolina Eckerdal
I take gift knitting pretty seriously and I suggest that we all do. It’s very easy to get carried away, picking out knits for all of the people in your life. If you’ve received something hand made from me, you are very special to me. Even if it’s something ugly, even if it doesn’t fit. (True story: when I was fifteen, I knit a gigantic mushroom-shaped hat for my friend that had a big fro and it was awful and I think I used Red Heart acrylic so I can’t believe I just acknowledged its existence. It was horrifying. If you are reading this and you saw it in real life, please don’t leave a comment making fun of me. If you have photographic evidence, please destroy it.) (Second story: I knit a sweater for Jon and it was gigantic so ripped out the seams and promised to fix it but I never did and he is still pretty pissed that it is in four pieces in a box. I’m thinking about steeking it so it will be the proper size but that isn’t going to happen for a while. Sorry, hun!) If you haven’t received something hand made from me, keep hanging in there (maybe you’ll get a gigantic acrylic hat – it’s worth the wait). Take pity on us. It is a heavy burden being a Christmas knitter!
DON’T FORGET, TEACHING SOMEONE HOW TO KNIT MIGHT BE THE BEST PRESENT OF ALL. I’m sure everyone would love a pair of socks this holiday season. But as they say: “If you give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. If you teach a man to knit, I hope he’s not hungry because he’s going to spend all of his money on yarn.”
Who are you knitting for this holiday season? What are you making? What’s the biggest Christmas knit you’ve successfully tackled?
ps. Happy birthday, Ashley!
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Boy has it been a while since I’ve made gloves. A year ago, I was churning out two pair a day. I was a fingerless-glove machine. I was the warm hands hookup for everyone I knew.
Just in time for the snow, I finished a pair for Jon last week.
Jon really wanted to make these himself. I was confident he could tackle them. But double pointed needles are a little awkward for a beginner knitter. I don’t know if I blame him for handing it over to me.
They’re made of Ella Rae bamboo silk yarn. Jon loves that they’re made of bamboo.
This pattern is kind of a mish mosh of things. It’s my old-reliable favorite fingerless glove pattern “Knucks” from Knitty’s summer 2006 issue. I remember making these in high school. They’re pretty fool-proof and beautiful.
But the man wants to keep his fingers warm! Who could blame him? So I adapted part of another Knitty pattern. I took the glove cap from the “Broad Street” pattern. I kind of just adapted it to fit the slightly smaller gloves I made. I’m not a perfectionist until something goes wrong.
Jon picked out these buttons I mentioned the other day.
I made a little 2 stitch I-cord loop and added the button. And voila!
I’ll tell you about the thumbs which are a little awkard. I knit them like a long tube of the fingerless version and sewed them closed. I’m not thrilled about it and one of them needs to be adjusted because it’s too long. But it was the only way to really get a top-down closed finger. (Actually I can think of a few other ways. This one just happened out of frustration I guess.)
Also, I knit the second glove cap and it looked beautiful. And then I realized that I’d made two left-hand gloves. So I ended up ripping out the whole cap and re-doing it. So embarrassing. But I’m admitting it!