I have always loved color. Especially the big, bold, bright ones! My daughter is the same. She embraces color and always picks the bright (sometimes neon) shirt over the neutral one. She’s nine and so this is totally understandable… rainbows, unicorns and all that! I found this incredible skein of sportweight yarn that had these multidimensional colors while still being sort of tonal. I was in love!
I wanted to make something with this yarn before Christmas and it had to be for my color-loving girl. I was flipping through my copy of “Journey”, a knitwear collaboration by designers, Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, and there it was, a pattern that would be perfect for this yarn.
The Spate fingerless mitts.
I had the pattern and the yarn and then I cast on and did a total number on it! The fingerless mitts in the book are knit in a neutral, worsted weight yarn. I had this colorful, sportweight yarn! I threw caution to the wind, didn’t test gauge and just cast on for the extra small size. I even went down a needle size or two. What a rebel!!
And the end result…
These fingerless mitts turned out the perfect size for my daughter’s hands. I love the texture of the stitch pattern. The thumb opening was modified a bit so that it was snug and I stuck with the same needles throughout.
I finished them just before Christmas and she was delighted to find them under the tree!
She loves them and they have been really useful for her busy little hands doing all.the.things that 9 year olds do when it is still freezing outside.
This picture cracks me up… on that incredibly cold day, after I finished taking pictures of her brother’s hat, I got to her shooting her mitts. At this point, she couldn’t quite feel her finger tips and the whining ensued, “Mama, my fingers… where are they?” Ah, the things we make others do for our craft 😀