I released a new pattern yesterday morning and was reasonably pleased by the number of downloads throughout the day and by the time I went out that night I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was going. The next morning I was quite shocked by the sheer number of download confirmation emails sitting in my inbox: 437
I have spent the rest of the day marvelling at just how popular the pattern is. It is being downloaded at a rate of more than 1 per minute – it’s just amazing. It has made it to number 2 on Ravelry’s “Hot right now” section too!
As I write (9:35pm, 16 November), the pattern has been downloaded 1364 times!! Now, I’d love to think that it is all because I am wonderfully talented and have designed the best pair of fingerless mitts ever going, but I know that this is predominantly down to the fact that I am offering the pattern for FREE if you download it before the end of November. Just type in the coupon code FREE at the Ravelry check out. Here’s the link: Pat’s Mitts. I’m thrilled to bits by its popularity – no matter what the reason!
Here’s more about the pattern – please note that if you click the Buy Now button below, it will by-pass the discount bit and you’ll have to pay the full £3, so please use the link above if you are downloading before the end of November.
A long, super cosy pair of fingerless mitts embellished with a simple cable pattern
Each mitt is knitted in the round, from the bottom up, in reverse stocking stitch with a traditional cable pattern running along the back of the arm and hand. The pattern gives instructions using the magic loop technique. Here’s a link to how to do magic loop Knit Picks magic loop tutorial. Any experienced user of DPNs will be able to convert the pattern easily, if magic loop isn’t your thing.
My lovely friend, Patrick, wanted some mitts. He was quite specific about his requirements. They must be black, with a cable running along the arm and he wanted them to be quite long covering the wrist. The first time he asked for mitts, I attempted to teach him to knit, with a view to him making his own. I soon realised that knitting some mitts in the round, with a cable, was probably a little beyond his talents – his enthusiasm was laudable but sadly his particular talent for “making” stitches where none were required was rather prohibitive!
Easily adaptable The mitt is a good average size with plenty of stretch and will, therefore, fit most people. If, however, you’re making them for a particularly small or large hand, this can be easily achieved by adding or removing a couple of sts – feel free to contact me if you would like help with this.
You will need:
130 metres (142 yards) of aran weight (worsted) yarn, 4 mm (US size 6) circular needles (or size to obtain gauge) of at least 80 cm in length, a cable needle, 2 or 3 stitch markers, a darning needle and either a stitch holder or some spare yarn.
24 stitches over 29 rows per 10 cm square (in unblocked reverse stocking stitch)
Each finished mitt, when laid flat, measures:
Width 7cm (3”) approximately
Length 25 cm (10”) approximately