Five for Friday: mittens to make

Hi friends,

Brr! It’s getting cold outside, and whether I like it or not, winter is just around the corner. Or just outside the door, for many of you in the northern and eastern parts of the country. That means it’s mitten season.


Above, you can see my partially finished Podster mitten. It’s actually finished now, but I’ve developed a medium-to-bad case of Second Mitten Syndrome. The primary symptom of this syndrome manifests itself in a desire to peruse mitten patterns on the internet that far outweighs my interest in actually knitting the second mitten. Secondary symptoms include one hand that’s a heckuva lot colder than the other.

Anyway, in all my recent internetting, I’ve found some lovely mittens to knit, all featuring bold colourwork that would be an instant antidote to grey winter days (and grey winter coats, for that matter). I also found an easy pattern for mittens to sew, which I’ll keep on hand for the time when I just say “to heck with it.” Et voilà:

  • Zinnia mittens by Mary Ann Stephens, from the most recent issue of Twist Collective. I love the simple graphic red-and-white colourwork.
  • Fiddlehead mittens by Adrian Bizilia of Hello Yarn. I have a kit for these and I’m planning to cast on as soon as I finish the mitts I’m working on now. Now there’s incentive!
  • Octopus mittens by Emily Peters. I have a special place in my heart for octopus-kind, and I loooove these mittens.
  • Chrysanthemums by Heather Desserud. So pretty! I just bought two skeins of Madeliene Tosh sock yarn, in vibrant green and orange, that I’d love to use for these.
  • And the mitts to sew – a handy downloadable tutorial from the folks at Lark Crafts.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!