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Despite the many, many mistakes I made when knitting these little mitts, they are finished and have been presented to my friend for her birthday.

Unfortunately I had a senior moment and forgot to take any pictures of the finished item apart from this one of them blocking. Maybe I will get a chance for a snap in the future.

Here is a slightly dodgy phone pic showing how they look on the hand. The blocking evened the mitts out a bit, and my friend’s hands are a little smaller than mine, so I think they will fit her beautifully.

The only substantive change I made was using a smaller needle. I also did a tubular cast-off because I am obsessed with fancy cast-on and cast-off edges. I have a second kit so there is a strong chance that I will make another pair of these little beauties.

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I loved this pattern for a cute pair of rainbow mitts ever since I saw it on Ysolda’s Instagram well over a year ago. The kits popped up again, probably because it’s Pride month, and I couldn’t resist this time. My good friend Paula’s birthday was coming up and I thought these would make a great gift for her.

I’d also seen some wonderful pins that Ysolda was stocking, so the purchases justified one another and enabled me to get free shipping. I just had to get this pin of a woman with beautiful natural hair. Representation matters! I bought two Joy kits in the end because I can see myself making this project for someone else too.

There are mistakes on both flags, which is a bit of a pity because the flag is probably my favourite part of the pattern. On the first, I misread the pattern and somehow missed that each colour row is two garter rows rather than one. I’ve never done double knitting before, but I’m still a bit mystified as to how I failed so badly at reading. I managed to do the process correctly on the second mitt, but somehow did two rows of red rather than one (facepalm). Maybe I read the same section of the pattern twice?  Another shocking reading failure on my part.

I was on a tight deadline for this project because I wanted to give them to Paula on time. This meant that I did not correct the errors. I didn’t notice the mistakes in the first flag until I was working on mitt 2, though I had noticed that it looked wonky. Paula doesn’t knit and I’d be surprised if she notices anything untoward.

I did, however, manage to make yet another huge error that could not be ignored. I accidentally made two left mitts once I had finished the fair isle on the second one. This was a mistake that I couldn’t really let go so I unravelled.

Weaving in the ends was a slight pain but these mitts are finally on the blocking mat. I should be able to give them away at the weekend.

Pattern and yarn: Joy kit from Ysolda

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I am coming to the end of knitting my galaxy shawl, for which I am grateful. The endless stocking stitch has been deeply uninspiring to work on. I had a holiday coming up and felt that I might be able to finish the shawl on one of the plane journeys. My mind turned to new projects.

Since I was going back to Finland, it seemed appropriate to use the yarn I bought when I visited in the summer. The beautiful ice blue also seemed appropriate to the freezing weather conditions.

I had planned all along for this skein to become a third pair of convertible fingerless gloves/mittens (striped pair, rainbow pair). These are intended to go with the Kelly anorak I am working on.

I found an hour to wind the skein before my trip and packed my 2.5mm DPNs and a spare for any casting on/off that might be required.

I am trying to recreate the most recent (rainbow) pair of these mitts that I made. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have taken any notes beyond mentioning that I improvised a size in between medium and large. I wonder if I maybe took notes in Adobe reader (as you would take notes on a physical copy of a pattern) and they have been lost. I am trying to recreate the same process I followed.

I used a 3.25mm needle for the tubular cast on. It looks a little bit loose so I will try to dig out a 3mm or even 2.75mm DPN for the second glove. It’s not bad enough that it’s worth redoing.

At the moment, I am working on the fingers of the first glove. Things are going well so far. I’m enjoying working on something smaller, and with more thought required than my last project.

Pattern: Modified version of Smartphone Friendly Mitts

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres

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I started making these mitts as a HPKCHC Quidditch project ages ago. I ran out of black yarn mere yards before the finish line and promptly lost interest.

However, I had a little black yarn left over from my beater headband and remembered these cuties.

The first glove was a bit big for me so I decided to decrease some stitches just before the black ribbing. This improved the fit quite a lot, so while I was on a roll knitting in my local park, I unravelled the ribbing on the first glove and re-knit that smaller too.


I carried the black yarn up the stripes to save on ends. There were still a fair few to do, but it wasn’t too bad.

Pattern: Simple Fingerless Mitts (free pattern!)

Yarn: Various scraps (mostly acrylic DK, some sock held double) from my stash

Needle: 3.5mm DPNs

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As always when knitting garments for hands, I was reminded that fiddling with the fingers and mitten shell is by far the most time-consuming part. However, for me it’s also the most worthwhile as it creates a very practical item that is less likely to be dropped and lost.

I made a few changes from my last Smartphone Friendly Mitts, creating a size in between the medium and large for a wonderful fit. I was amazed at the difference in gauge you get between knitting on 2.75mm and 2.5mm needles. These mittens, which are knit on the smaller needles, are noticeably warmer than my old Broad Streets. I really loved the last pair of mittens I made even though they are the tiniest bit tight. This new colourway should also go better with my red coat.


It was so interesting to read my notes on the Broad Street mittens I made. Just under three years ago, these were probably the most fiddly item I had ever made to that point. I certainly remember puzzling over a few things in the pattern. It’s nice to be able to see my progress in craft through this blog.

How I made my mitten shell:
CO 32 sts. I recommend tubular (great tutorial here) but long tail would also work.

K 11 rows

Divide onto two needles

Pick up 30 sts across knuckles of mitten. Be careful to make sure you pick up starting from the centre of the pinky or your shell will not hang straight.

With working yarn from ribbed flap, K across picked up stitches, dividing onto two needles as you go.

Knit across the stitches you just ribbed, joining to work in the round.

Increase one stitch in the ladder before the picked up stitches. K30. Inc 1, K to end. Place marker for beginning of round (64 sts total)

K for 32 rounds. Try on. You don’t want to start the star decrease before you’ve knit just past your pinky.

Star decrease

K6, k2tog around (56 sts)

K 1 rnd

k5, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd (48 sts)

K 5 rounds

k4, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 4 rounds

k3, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 3 rounds

k2, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 2 rounds even.

k1, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 1 round

K2tog* *rep to end of rnd

Graft remaining 8 sts together

Then sew in the million ends.



Here’s how they look with the matching scarf.


Yarn: Bad Day by The Lemonade Shop

Pattern: Smartphone Friendly Mitts x Broad Street (free pattern)

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I think sock yarn projects are ideal for travel knitting. Part of my holiday planning is always choosing a plane project. I feel like I have enough hand knit socks at the moment, so I decided instead to replace my old Broad Street Mittens with some snazzy new ones.

Here they are in Hong Kong after I cast on during the twelve hour flight. I’ve divided for the thumb and pinkie. I did this while watching Jurassic World, Mr Holmes, Johnny English, some episodes of Louis and one dreadful episode of Glee. I loved that show when I was younger.

On my second, shorter, flight I finished a couple of fingers but became stuck because I couldn’t remember how to do a tubular BO. I also destroyed my emotions with American Sniper and needed a nap afterwards. Being on planes makes me much more emotional than usual, but it was an interesting film.


I’m improvising a size just between medium and large and the fit is really good.

Pattern: Smartphone-friendly mitts

Yarn: Bad Day Might Sock by the Lemonade shop

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A few weeks ago, I posted about some rainbow fingerless gloves that I’d started knitting. Here‘s where I managed to get to.

In progress rainbow mitts

Since I had to make this for a pretty tight deadline, I gathered all the colours and took them with me on a forthcoming trip to France to visit my dad. Here I am casting off the first glove in a queue at the airport. I love travel knitting, it really reduces my stress.

Casting off rainbows

So I continued knitting away on my mini break, and as I started to near the finish line, I realised something. A small knot of dread lodged itself in my chest, and slowly grew with each additional stitch.

So close!

Noooooooooooooo!

I ran out of black acrylic. Clearly I did something to anger the knitting gods.

Since I moved house, I seem to have misplaced these mitts. I’ve managed to locate some extra yarn that would do, just to give myself a sense of completion. I’m going to a festival in the summer and I’d really like to take these along.

Pattern: Simple Fingerless Mitts (free pattern!)

Yarn: Various scraps (mostly acrylic DK, some sock held double) from my stash

Needle: 3.5mm DPNs

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