Guest post by Dory
Dory is an avid crafter, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the brains behind all of the graphic design work at Yarnia.
When I visited Yarnia this past weekend, it was my first chance to see the big binder of consignment and Twist Collective patterns for sale.
I usually come to Yarnia with a project in mind seeking yarn and encouragement, but this time I was looking for some unexpected inspiration. I flipped through the binder and was immediately charmed by the Autumn Moss Fingerless Gloves, by Hannah Maier.
As the weather starts to get chillier (even back in New York now, it’s grey and rainy) fingerless mitts can come in really handy; if your office or workspace is cold, you can still type; if you insist (like me) on sitting outside at your favourite café even if you have to wear a hat and scarf and big puffy vest to keep warm, you can still turn the pages of your book.
So, I grabbed a sock-weight premade cone that caught my attention, a wool-bamboo-nylon blend of greys and browns called Gaspe, cast on the 56 stitches on some size 2 DPNs, and got to work.
The pattern calls the knit-purl checkerboard pattern moss stitch, but I’ve always known this to be basket stitch. Either way, it’s easy but interesting knitting, and quite forgiving -- if you accidentally make some of your squares a bit larger than the previous row of them, it’s barely noticeable.
You can try on the tube as you go, adjusting the length to suit you and admiring your work along the way. The thumb is a simple held-stitches-on-waste-yarn thumb, no gusset increases to confuse the patterning.
In short, this is a perfect pattern for a first knit-in-the-round project, or if you have three complicated lacework WIPs that need full attention and you’re looking to knit something where you can chat and drink coffee while your needles click away.
I spent my Portland weekend knitting these in the shop, in the car, at the bus stop, waiting for the food to come at Ken’s Artisan Pizza and Tin Shed, and during the previews before the movie at the Kennedy School Theater.
I cast off the top of the fingers while waiting to board my flight to JFK, and finished the thumb before take off. Then I immediately cast on the next 56 stitches for mitten number 2.
I haven't blocked the mitten yet, when I do, the purled squares will bet a lot less bumpy.
This pattern for these delightful mittens is available at Yarnia, just ask! When I finish the pair, they’ll go via USPS to the shop so you can try them on for yourself.