20 November 2015

GAL2015 – Top Ten Patterns for Hands

The vast number of patterns available through the Gift-A-Long this year is dizzying. There's truly something for everyone whether you'll be knitting for friends, family, or to treat yourself. I am doing a series of posts to highlight my favourite designs available on sale during this week, and click on photos to be taken to their respective Ravelry pages.

The Hand-Things

I love using stranded patterns for mitts, making them warm as well as pretty. The chequered hand pattern goes so well with the swirly design on the back in these Mystic Falls Mitts by Triona Murphy. The
idea of switching the yarns around on the back of the hand to swap the dominant colour is quite witty, resulting in a very striking effect.
© Triona Murphy

On the Other Hand by Bonnie Sennott is just the right mix of texture, lace, and stocking stitch. They go high up to mid forearm for extra coverage and would look perfect in a hand-dyed yarn.

© Bonnie Sennott

Abscissa by Star Athena came out recently as part of the In Triplicate collection and immediately caught my eye. It cleverly uses the directionality of Garter stitch paired with a gently variegated yarn to highlight it further. They are worked flat and would make a fun little project for a novice knitter.
© Lee Meredith

Trestlewood Mittens by Heidi Atwood-Reeves is another perfect-mix-of-texture pattern. The centre cable definitely caught my eye first; it is supported by a panel of diagonal purl ridges on either side and stands so well as a combination. They are knitted with a thumb gusset, which I love because it creates the most comfortable mitten.
© Heidi Atwood-Reeves

Colophon by Hunter Hammersen are a delicate pair that rely on the movement of vertical ribbed panels to create the zig-zag effect of their cuffs and top hems. It looks like they would make a quick knit using up a small amount of fingering weight yarn.
© Hunter Hammersen

It seems that I definitely have a thing for texture (and fingerless mitts) at the moment! Runaround mitts by Robynn Weldon are gorgeous and so elegant in their simplicity.
© Armin Rüede

Leighton House Handwarmers by Ella Austin are a delight! They remind me of mosaic floors, old wall paper, and all things beautiful. I like that the cuffs are knitted in a complementary colour to the hands, it highlights the main pattern so well!
© Ella Austin 

I won't lie, it was the clever use of those bee drawings that caught my attention first, they are delightfully playful :-) But the pattern itself made my heart sing – the cables that form the Beeswax mitts by Amy van de Laar begin at the cuff, perfectly integrated into the ribbing, then move through the hand and into the thumb and top hem so naturally. The texture is stunning. All in all a very well thought through design.

© Amy van de Laar

Another one with cables flowing in and out of their background! I love cables and I love designs that use their background to highlight the stitch patterns. Ballydesmond by Irishgirlieknits are perfect on both accounts. The cables look very intuitive to me, something that will knit up fast and will look good in a solid or a hand dyed yarn.

© irish Girlie Knits Designs 

Asa Tricosa is most known for her well fitting garment patterns, but this delightful pair of moa mitts are so beautiful they definitely needed a mention. Interestingly, they are knitted from the top down using an airy looking stitch pattern on the back of the hand that makes them so delicately elegant.

© tricosa 

Last but not least is the Temblor Mittens by Annie Watts that use two contrasting colours of yarn and garter stitch to create something rather striking. The garter stripes are staggered here, but the pattern suggests it's a quick and straightforward knit. I also like that the vertical columns taper towards the top of the mitten.

© Annie Watts 

My own patterns available through the giftalong are available, at a discount, over here until November 27th.

Shawgrove Mitts are knitted using a skein of Rowan Worsted using an intuitive and easy all-over cable pattern. The cables grow organically from the ribbing before they wind across the hand imitating structures found in tree bark.


  1. I'm so excited about the Gift-a-Long! And so flattered to be included with all of these other lovely patterns. xoxo

    1. It is pretty great! I really enjoyed looking through the patterns, seeing what's on offer, so many great ones!


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