Today was going to be a Theoretical Thursday, but I got a delightful surprise this morning--my new pattern is up at Knit Picks! So we're going to talk about that instead, hope you don't mind!
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette, 1 ball each in Ash and Safflower, or fingering weight yarn, approximately 200 yards each of 2 contrasting colors
Needles: US sz 2 DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge
Other: waste yarn or stitch holder, 2 stitch markers, yarn needle
Gauge: 8st/in in slip st pattern
Ravelry project page
These are a spring-y mitt, bright and cheery, but all that wool will still keep your knitting (or crocheting. or wand-wielding.) hands warm. The cuffs and edges feature a rick rack rib, while a slipped stitch pattern is used around the hand to create the checkerboard-like pattern. They're designed to coordinate, not match--the main and contrast colors switch for the hand of the 2nd mitt. Solid colored thumbs are tricky to pull off when working with 2 strands of yarn, but I've provided a number of tips for making it work (fingers crossed!)!
You can buy the pattern and yarn over at Knit Picks. Palette is a sturdy 100% wool, surprisingly not itchy, and it comes in every color under the sun. And you can't beat the price! You can pick up yarn and pattern for under $10. (In the future, I will likely sell the pattern through Ravelry as well, but for now, go show Knit Picks some love!)
A million thanks to Knit Picks for picking up my pattern, to my sister for modeling (if you look closely, you can also see a glimpse of the Wayfarer scarf I knit her for Christmas!), to Stephanie, AKA Swiffie, for help with editing, and to you guys for your continued encouragement!