Thursday, March 31, 2011
Vagabond Fingerless Mitts, pattern coming soon by me. This will be my first ever published pattern, whee. You may remember an earlier version of these mitts that I knit in the fall. They were made of Shetland type wool and the "sore" thumb was making the pattern spiral around the hand, which kind of bugged me.
For the new version I redesigned it with a double thumb gusset, so that it has shaping above and below the thumb for a perfect fit, and the top and bottom patterns stay put. There are stripes on the palm and it is knit out of sock yarn.
The hand chart comes from Turkish socks (from Kenan Ozbel's amazing Knitted Socks from Turkish Villages), the thumb gusset is based on Scandinavian mittens (I’ve never seen a double gusset before but I hear they exist), the cuff chart is a Fair Isle peerie, and the braid Latvian, a true global mashup.
The one on the left is knit out of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga and are really lovely with the touch of cashmere. The ones on the right and the orange ones at the top are knit out of Madelinetosh tosh sock.
A couple of friends and kindly offered to test knit these for me and I hope to have the pattern out soon. Thank you Michelle, Tomo, and Benedetta!
The lyrics to the T. Rex song Get it On are apparently not “Get it on, vagabond, get it on”, as I’ve thought for years. But I would like to think that glam rockers would wear these mitts. I leave you with T Rex, bang a gong, get it on, (vagabond).