Friday Freebie: Crochet Mittens

This week I’ve been looking through my “back catalogue”, the many and varied knitting and crochet designs which really need a revamp.

First up, these gorgeous mittens. I first blogged about them way back in 2011, I like to think my pattern writing and my photography have  come on a bit since then. But, the pattern still works and makes a great first project for a beginner. You can find the pattern here.

I remember taking them on their first outing to Sugar Junction in Manchester, where fellow designer Emma Varnam declared them “Genius” and subsequently wrote a lovely post about them which you can read here. There’s a rather lovely photo of them on flickr too.

The pattern may be an old one, but that doesn’t mean it should be forgotten. I have plans to ” revamp” it. Those back loop only ridges lend themselves so well to frills and ruffles. What would you do to “revamp” them or make them truly your own? I’d love to know.

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Off the Hook

This week I found time to make  a little something just for me. I bought a gorgeous skein of Vicki’s Blue Faced Leicester sock yarn at Woolfest last year. I fully intended to knit socks, but it’s been so cold I treated myself to a pair of fingerless mittens instead. I used my original Any Yarn, Any Gauge Mittens (links to original photo tutorial with thumb)  with the yarn held double. Vicki is currently selling a very similar colour (“India”) over on Etsy. Her yarns are fab quality and worth seeking out.  She also has a very cute knitted heart pattern in the new issues of Knit Now Magazine (As if you needed a reason to buy it. With  so many great ideas in there for small accessories it’s an essential read).

Happy Knitting x