Two-Day Mitts

Aren’t these fingerless mitts cute? They’re from Jane Richmond’s new book of knitting patterns, Island. I bought the book at Knit City in October. In fact, I bought the book on Saturday, started the mitts when I got home, and finished one by the time I went back to Knit City on the Sunday!

(There’s somewhat embarrassing proof that I went back to the Jane Richmond booth with my single mitt in hand, all like ‘look what I made! Check out Jane Richmond’s blog here - scroll down till you see me…)

Here’s a link to my Ravelry notes if you’re interested. Pattern is Rathtrevor, yarn is Madelinetosh DK in Fig. These mitts look wonderful in a solid that’s not too solid like this, so you can see the beautiful shades of brown in the ribbing.

I’m not wearing a sleeveless dress in winter – well, I am, but I have a jacket and scarf too. In order to show off the long cuff of the mitts, I had to de-layer for the photos.

These are very easy, very quick mitts. I started them on a Saturday night and finished on Monday night, and I did a lot of things in between! If you can knit and purl and make 1, you can make these mitts. The beauty is in the simple ribbed pattern and of course, the yarn. For a project as small as this, splurge on a beautiful yarn! I used less than one ball of Madelinetosh DK, probably close to 2/3 of the ball.

I was in the middle of socks and a cardigan when I started these. Sometimes you just need a quick and easy project for a break! (I’m guessing that other people take an actual break from making stuff, rather than fill that break with easier projects.) Two nights of knitting later, I have cute mitts, and I’m ready to go back to the bigger projects. Whatever works, right?

PS. If you like this pattern, the book is available on Jane Richmond’s website here. There’s a lovely cardigan pattern in there that I’m dying to try!

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29 Responses to Two-Day Mitts

  1. PerlenDiva November 6, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Gosh, their pretty. This yarn is absolutley swoon-worthy. And the mitts are so useful in a chilly office, aren’t they. I can’t quite get over the fact you’re wearing a sleeveless dress, though, even if you pair it with a jacket: makes me freeze only looking at you ;-)
    And I can totally relate to quick “break” project when a large project has – hopefully only temporarily – lost its appeal.

    • Tasia November 6, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Thank you! The yarn really makes the project, I think. You’re right, fingerless mitts are perfect for typing!
      Yup, it was cold taking these photos. Luckily I got some decent shots right away and could put the jacket back on! Time to start sewing and blogging about warmer items :)

  2. Josie Hawes November 6, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Haha I also fill breaks in my projects with easy mini projects! No rest for the wicked. xxx

    • Tasia November 6, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Exactly! :) Nice to know I’m not alone in doing that.

  3. colleen November 6, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I love these and now I’m going to check out her book. I love that hat. I made one similar to it but yours is more slouchy, I think.

    Don’t you love Madeline Tosh wool? From my desk I’m looking at three different colorways, I have a hat started in another, and I’m making a sweater in yet another, wearing a shawl in another. Then, I’ll go online and see about 50 OTHER COLORS I WANT!!!! Yikes. If I could only knit with one yarn for the rest of my life, I’d be more than happy for my Tosh. And, by the way, I did machine wash (but flat dried) the shawl I made out of it and it came out soft and wonderful.

    Thanks for being another Toshie. Is your sweater in her blog also Tosh (Worn Denim)?

    • Tasia November 6, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      I love Madelinetosh wool so much, it’s beautiful to work with and the colours are so rich! I’m working on a cardigan in Tosh Sport (Happiness) and sewing the buttons on a cardigan in Tosh DK (Gilded). (And started another cardigan in Tosh Vintage in Coral… yes, I’m addicted!) I agree, there are so many colours I want to try! I usually buy online and I’ve never been disappointed with the colour in real life when the yarn arrived.

      The sweater I’m wearing is this one – http://sewaholic.net/my-first-sweater/ – the yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts in Deep Sea. I love the Tanis yarn, the Aran weight has similar springiness and squishiness to the Tosh Vintage, in bold colours too.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your love of beautiful yarn! :)

      • colleen November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

        ooooooohhhhh, that is beautiful. You are so daring to make sweaters. I’m so afraid for the one I’m making right now (Ysolda Teague’s Snow White). I bought Gilded after seeing a shawl/scarf on the Yarniad blog. Have you posted your cardigan yet? Gilded is a color to warm the cockles of anyone’s soul! It is very difficult to not buy the Tosh online, as LYS all have to wait forever for it. But, i do agree that I am never disappointed in the colors when they come in.

        Thanks again for posting about this book. I have very few knitting books and I do find that once I buy one, I never do grow tired of its possibilities. I can’t wait to get off work and knit through the night. We are not expecting election results here to come in early so who knows? I may just finish my sweater tonight!

        • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:10 am #

          My Gilded cardigan is a Ysolda pattern too – Lauriel!~ I haven’t posted it here yet as it’s been slow going sewing on the buttons and snaps. It’s a warm and happy colour, for sure!
          Snow White is a pretty sweater! Good luck putting it together. I bet there are tons of helpful notes on Ravelry if you get stuck, plus there’s the Ysolda forum as well.
          I love knitting and sewing books as well. Even when I can’t sew or knit, I enjoy reading and learning new things!

  4. Parnuuna November 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I love those fimgerless mittens! They’re so simple, and yet the wool make them look really pretty!
    I can’t sit still either, concerning project. I have to have something brewing all the time. :)
    A lovely Tuesday evening to you!

    • Parnuuna November 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      I can spell… In real life. :)

      • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:11 am #

        No problem, I knew what you meant! I think a lot of creative people are the same way, always working on something or dreaming up new ideas.

  5. Ptinutz November 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I still resist the temptation to buy some of this tosh yarn. I am in a diet of Yarn. I try to reduce my small stash before a big intercontinental move so I try to stay strong. But I am totally like you when I have a project who does not seem to finish I make a quick project, just to finish something. Most of the time, it is baby item, they are so quick too.

    • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Good for you for resisting the temptation! Makes sense if you’re planning a big move. Moving all of my fabric was a pain, it made me want to start using some of the really special pieces and reduce the amount I have on hand too.
      I love the feeling of finishing a project – big or small!

  6. Jane Richmond November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I love your Fig Mitts so much Tasia! It was so great to see “one” in person at Knit City too! I am on the computer for work all day long and I always have a pair of fingerless mitts at my desk because my wrists get cold!

    …I too have completely fallen in love with Madelintosh. Would you believe the projects in this book are my very first times knitting her yarns! Now I’m not sure I can knit with anything else!

    …I too never stop creating, I may break from a big project to whip up a small project but I get very antsy when I am “between” projects! I don’t know what to do with myself!

    • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Yay! Thanks Jane! It was so cool to meet you in real life. (Especially because you’re the model for most of your patterns, so I recognized you right away!)

      Love Madelinetosh. I’d read about people raving over it on Ravelry so I had to try it myself.. and I’m glad I did! I’m addicted to fancy yarns – SweetGeorgia, Madelinetosh, I recently tried Indigo Moon and loved the ultimate sock yarn, Tanis Fiber Arts. I feel like, if I’m going to invest that much time and handwork into a project, I want it to be as beautiful as possible! The Madelinetosh yarns you chose really show off the beautiful designs, and the classic designs show off the beauty of the yarn!

      I bet you’re always creating! Nice to know I’m not the only one that feels a little sad when a project is done.. then promptly starts another one!

  7. Sann November 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Oh I love fingerless gloves, I started learning to knit only yesterday Nov 5th, so I am working my way up, but is so great that you posted these gloves, love the color choice for the yarn.

    • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Nice! Welcome to the world of knitting! It’s fun, addictive and full of new things to learn. Good luck learning, and if you haven’t yet join Ravelry to get inspired, check out other people’s projects and find free patterns!

  8. Rachel W. November 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    I know this is completely off topic from what this post was about, but I was wondering if you were going to be finishing in the near future your 70s Coat and the Strictly Ballroom Dress? I had been really enjoying reading your progress on those, and it would be cool to see them finished. I think the coat and dress would really go well together, the muslins are already finished, they’d be perfect to have for winter, and the bright colors are just your thing!

    Maybe some steady, small steps over the course of the winter? Anyway, just a thought.

    • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Ah yes, those unfinished projects! I feel like I shouldn’t post about projects if I don’t finish them. Both are packed carefully away in storage and I know I won’t have time to finish them this winter. To be honest, I can’t imagine picking them up for a long time. There are so many things on my plate at this moment, and I don’t see it getting less busy any time soon!

      Sorry for starting the ‘story’ and never finishing it! It must be weird to read about something and then think.. but then what happened? What happened is, the business took off and once those projects went out of sight, they went out of mind too!

  9. Jo November 7, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    I recently made some mitts too! My first. But they took me ages… they were cabled and I was hopelessly slow, lol! But they are super cozy. Yay mitts. Yours look great :)

    • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Cables are slow, I find. I know people say you can do them without a cable needle but I didn’t like doing it that way. Cables make really cosy mitts, I bet!
      Thank you! These are way easier than cabled mitts for sure.

  10. Shawna November 7, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    These mitts are so gorgeous! I love the color of them.. So versatile. I see them with a jean jacket or neutral outfit for pop. Amazing job, can’t wait to see what you make next! ♥

    • Tasia November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Thank you! I love that they’re neutral, too. They’ll go with everything!

  11. astitchtoofew November 8, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    These are gorgeous :) I love the Grace cardi as well – that one went straight in my Ravelry queue!

    • Tasia November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      It’s gorgeous! I love it, it’s perfectly classic but still interesting. I’ve started it but only done a few inches of yoke. It’s requiring a lot of focus to make sure I don’t miscount.

  12. Holly November 8, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    These mitts look great! I love the fact that you knitted one up on Saturday and brought it back to share with Jane on Sunday! I just pre-ordered Island yesterday and this project looks like a good one for a beginner like me!

    • Tasia November 8, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you! It is a good beginner project, I’d say, as long as you can work in the round. It’s easy once you get going and work a few inches so the piece doesn’t flop around as much. And they’re pretty quick which is rewarding when you’re learning!

  13. Jane November 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    That is a lovely mitt pattern! Looks like it’d be nice and relaxing without being too boring, and the ribbing does an awesome job of showcasing the pretty yarn.

    I’m similar to you in my crafty habits, I think – I always have my challenging, thoughtful project and my nice, simple project on the go at the same time, so if I need a break from one I have the other.

  14. grenouille78 November 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    The mitts are cute! Nice yarn selection. I know exactly what you mean about taking breaks. And, like you, I bounce from one project to another. Sometimes my brain — or my hands — just need something else to think about or a new way to work for a little while before going back to those bigger projects.

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