Sep 17 2009
Autumn’s my favorite time of year, and as the summer ends my anticipation grows, breaking out my orange and maroon clothes to get into the mood and checking the sugar maple trees by my house multiple times a day to catch the first leaves turning.
So none of you will be surprised to learn that autumn’s started to infect my knitting. I am very pleased to present my first design, the October Leaves Fingerless Mitts.
Pattern: October Leaves Fingerless Mitts, available for sale on Ravelry
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Fingeringweight in Pumpkin (which color they are naturally discontinuing), approx. 200 yards (1 skein)
I love projects with leaf motifs, and over the summer the idea of a leafy thumb gusset leapt into my head and would not go away. I tried to ignore it, I tried to knit lace and socks instead, but in the end I had to sit down and start drawing charts. It took some trial and error (as well as some excellent advice on cable placement from my sister) before I replicated what I’d initially envisioned, but by George I think I’ve got it!
Huge thank-yous to Melissa and Kel for test-knitting, and Glenna for looking everything over. I’m still new to this designing game so I want to make sure I get it right. Melissa also let me take advantage of her spectacular photography skills (all the pictures in this entry are hers), which I’m very excited about — it’s hard to take pictures of your own hands. Try it sometime. Thanks to her I have shots far more spectacular than anything I could get on my own. (She had me model her finished socks in return. It’s surprisingly tricky to stand that still!)
You can find the pattern for the October Leaves Mitts for sale on Ravelry, where I will also eagerly be checking to see who else knits it and what yarns they pick. And if you’d like to see my Mitts in person, find me at Rhinebeck, where I will most certainly have them on in honor of the season!
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