The pattern for my dragon mitts is now available for sale on Ravelry, here.
As I did for the Leftovers Cowl, I’m kicking it off with a sale: it is 40% off the regular price of $5.00, which makes it $3.00, through the end of February.
The patterns calls for fingering weight wool — approximately 125 yards each of two colors. My mitts are knit from Shibui Sock in the Abyss and Roppongi colorways on a U.S. size 3 needle. I knit the size medium, and I am betting that I could also manage to knit a pair in size small with what yarn I have left over. It would be close, but I think it is safe to say that I could definitely have gotten 2 pairs of size small out of those 2 skeins.
So I’ve rounded up a bit on the yardage requirements. I always do to account for yardage differences in skeins of yarn — sometimes I have a skein that is definitely over the yardage reported on the label. Also, everyone knits a little differently, so yarn usage will vary from person to person. Bottom line: Your mileage may vary!
Lovely Knitted Lace
I have here a review copy of a new book: Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables by Brooke Nico.
The book contains 16 designs created from four basic shapes (triangle, circle, square, and rectangle). The book’s publication date is not until next week, but the patterns are listed on Ravelry here, complete with photos.
One of the things I like about this book is that the patterns are not just for shawls — there are some shawls, but there is also a cute beret, a couple of jackets with very clever shaping, an easy shirt made from two rectangles, a bolero and a shrug, a lovely tunic that I may have to knit, a gorgeous cape with dolman sleeves (the cover design), and a button-front cape that can also be worn as a skirt.
There is a detailed section in the front of the book with a lot of useful information about knitting lace, as well as step-by-step illustrated instructions for some techniques used.
The projects use a wide variety of yarns, from laceweight to worsted.
The Triangle Tulip Shawl is knit from worsted weight yarn, making it a great choice for new lace knitters:
If you are new to lace, you will find it much easier to knit with heavier yarn and bigger needles.
I really love the Floral Tunic, knit from fingering weight yarn:
The pattern calls for Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply, which is a wool/silk blend but I think it would be great for Spring/Summer in a 100% silk yarn.
For a more immediate gratification project, how about this lovely beret, knit in a heavy lacewieght 100% mink yarn?
The publisher has generously offered to, once again, give a copy to one of my readers. Who’d like to win it?
To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time, Sunday, March 2, 2014. At that time a comment will be chosen at random.
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