I think it’s been a few years since I last made a pair of mittens for myself. Actually, it was two Octobers ago — and I know this because my blog tells me so. Isn’t that quite handy for memory management? My last pair of mittens have been VERY loved as I wear them daily in the winter months. That’s a nice way of saying that they’re looking sad. Real sad.
Needless to say, it was finally time for a new pair. I grabbed one of our new patterns in the shop, the Antler Mittens pattern by Tin Can Knits, along with two skeins of one of my favorite squishy yarns, Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes in Eccru, and got to knitting. While watching Downton Abbey, of course. Making these mittens was extremely satisfying because the cable pattern is pretty easily memorized and the yarn is so so squishy and yummy. I know, I know. I say that kind of thing about all the yarns I stock in the shop, which you should take to mean that I carefully curate the inventory here to offer only the best. For both of us.
I’ve pulled a few of my other favorite colors — Midnight Blue, Strawberry and Chocolate –, each with that beautiful and subtle color variation you get with hand dyed yarn. Made of royal alpaca and merino, this yarn is super smooth and offers great stitch definition that’ll showcase the details in your knitting. Like cables! If you’re not feeling the Antler Mittens, another fun project using this yarn would be these cabled mitts. Or, you could make the Reversible Hat Set with the ribbed mitts and matching hat (this is one of the hats we make in our First Knit Hat class) or one of my favorite hats to make for the fellas, the Striped Hat (made solid or striped).
The moral of this post is that you can’t go wrong in choosing to knit the Antler Mittens or just choosing to work with this yarn. Are you ready to cast on???
The Antler Mittens as well as other patterns by Tin Can Knits, Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes yarn, knitting needles, notions and accessories as well as lots of encouragement and Drop-In Knitting Help is all available at Home Made!