This weekend was all about knitting, knitting, knitting! On Saturday, I spent the day with Kathy Zimmerman designing my Early Bird Cardigan. While I was there, I just HAD to buy some yarn, of course. I picked up some beautiful Berroco Borealis in Vogar #5068.
I then devoted Sunday to designing and knitting a pair of simple mittens. In fact, I designed my very first pattern, knitted an entire pair of mittens, and then wore them while I was walking Moose - all in a single day!
How did I manage such a feat? First off, the mittens are incredibly easy and fast to make in the beautiful super-bulky Borealis. I literally knit the second mitten in fewer than three hours. It's a simple, classic mitten knitted from the bottom up with a standard thumb gusset.
The yarn makes the mittens. With the 60% acrylic content, I was skeptical that I'd like this yarn, but the 40% wool saves the day. The yarn blends splendid hues together in every colorway. No matter how pretty it looks in a photograph, the Borealis needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. It's very soft and warm, too.
Very excited by my results, I decided to offer my very first pattern on Ravelry for free. So go get yours. The FREE pattern is available here:
I highly recommend the Borealis, but if you've got 100 yards of a super-bulky yarn in your stash, go for it. These mittens would make a terrific holiday gift; with a few hours and a single skein of Borealis, you could give your BFF a treasured present that keeps her warm, too.
If you decide to make my Bodacious Borealis Mitten, please send me pics when you're finished - I'd love to see your results! And as always, if you have questions or need assistance, just send me a message. I'm happy to help.