Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bonnie Belle Mitts


I have a new pattern! Bonnie Belle is available for free download on Ravelry. It uses sport weight yarn, which makes for a quick knit. I do like fingering weight yarn, -- the finished mitts feel so nice! But occasionally, you need to crank out something quickly and these fit the bill.

I designed them for my friend, Bonnie. Her birthday was coming up, and I had no idea what to get her. I'd given mitts to some of my other friends for their birthdays, so I thought that would be a good plan. I had some nice yarn that I dyed -- Surino from Wool 2 Dye 4, kettle dyed in one of Bonnie's favorite colors. I tried a few different patterns, but nothing was working, and I had to frog a couple of times. Phooey!

I was about to give up, but then saw a stitch pattern that I thought would work. Open Twisted Rib from Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway looked like a strong possibility. It looks like a cable stitch, only it's not, which makes the knitting speed along.

It came out better that I expected. There's always a gap from imagination to reality -- sometimes things work, and sometimes they don't. This time it did.