Monday, November 1, 2010

My first Ravelry pattern!

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.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this mitten pattern :) I'm just learning how to do mittens and this pattern has a different thumb than the after thought type. I hope t try this pattern soon. I'm doing a different mitten just now.

    I found you and your amazing Blog through a link from ravelry. I'm bonnyalma on ravelry.

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  2. You're welcome, Bonny. If you need any help with the thumb, just let me know. It's pretty easy to do... one tip: use stitch markers before and after the M1s to keep track of where you. Best of luck... and send me pics when you're done. I'd love to see!

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  3. Hi Julie, I just printed out your pattern and I was looking it over. Under Gauge you have 16 stitches = 1 inch or 4 spi; 24 rows = 1 inch or 6 rpi. Is it supposed to be 16 stitches = 4 inches and 24 rows = 4 inches?

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  4. Hi Terry, thanks for downloading the pattern. YES, you've got is right. If you have any other questions, just let me know. Many thanks!

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  5. Terry, I just fixed the error... you can download the corrected version at www.knittingatlarge.com/bodacious.pdf. thanks again!

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  6. Thank you Julie, can't wait to start making some quick Christmas gifts. I appreciate all the tips you give on your blog about knitting, especially knitting Large. Thanks again, Terry

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  7. Thanks for the pattern Julie, I am going to use this for Christmas gifts!

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  8. Congrats on your first pattern Julie. Thank you for sharing. I will have to make a pair to wear while waiting for public transit

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  9. You're welcome times three! I'm glad to hear that you're thinking about Christmas presents - I honestly think these would make a perfect gift. And what a better way to while (wile?) away the time on the subway than to knit. Pictures, please! I want to see what you all come up with.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this, Julie!
    t_a

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