My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Knit Mitts

I have another book to show you today:

This is Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley. More than just a book of patterns, it gives you everything you need to make mittens and gloves to keep you hands warm and comfy.

The book contains everything you ever wanted to know about hand measurements: a chart of survey results for adult and child hand sizes (9 different measurements — hand circumference, length of each finger, etc.), info on measuring a hand, tips for working without measurements, making adjustments, etc.

Next up, a discussion of materials: choosing your yarn, knitting for warmth, incorporating linings, and a useful chart of yarn requirements.

The next section is all about techniques — gauge, working on different needle types (i.e. circulars, dpns), different cast-ons, thumb and finger techniques, and blocking.

Then come the patterns. Kate offers basic patterns for mittens and gloves, with lots of details and information on variations you can work.

Next up, a chapter on customization — adjusting a pattern to fit a baby, adjusting the length of the various parts of the mitten or glove, changing stitch patterns, and working in add-ons, like conductive thread (which any commute knows is pretty much a necessity these days!, adding a string to keep track of your mittens, and working a flip-top mitten.

The last chapter is a collection of patterns: 9 very pretty designs for mittens, mitts and gloves.

The appendix includes a stitch glossary and abbreviations used.

So if you are planning on making any sort of hand covering for the upcoming winter, this book has you covered!

Who’d like a copy? To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Meanwhile, Loki is being very helpful!


  1. Stella G. says:

    Another winter coming to Minnesota. New mittens would brighten it!

  2. I can’t believe it !! I MUST have this book–her sock pattern is my go-to one and I had no idea she had produced a mitten book. Okay, win it or buy it LOL. Thanks for the chance!

  3. I love mittens! And its very kind of Loki to keep your laptop nice and warm.

  4. Me! Cold hands, warm heart (most days ;))

    Hi Loki! Pepper says hello.

  5. I’m learning to make mittens so this would be so helpful – thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Suzi in MI says:

    This looks like an awesome book!

  7. I would love, love, love a copy! I’m going to be making mittens for my little niece, and could use a good guide.

  8. Elizabeth M says:

    What a neat book! Just the kind of knitting book I enjoy. Lots of sizes and lots of choices.

  9. Mary Cherrey says:

    I have been hearing about this book quite a bit lately. I would love to win it. I definitely need to get started on some mittens!!

  10. Susan murphy says:

    Love knitting mitts!

  11. Oooh, think of all those warm hands!

    P.S. – I can’t believe how you make Loki work so hard! 😉

  12. Perfect timing…I’m learning to Magic Loop just about everything (including your sock patterns) and am having so much fun! This book would be a privilege to own!
    Julie Morgan´s last blog post ..Knit Mitts

  13. I hope I win!

  14. Looks like a great resource. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Karen Wong says:

    The book looks like the ultimate guide for mittens. I would love it!

  16. Sounds great! I just finished a pair of fingerless for middle child, and the others are asking who’s next. Would be a big help!

  17. Deborah Gajee says:

    Would love a copy of this book. Mittens are great to knit.

  18. Cecilia David says:

    I would love to have guidance in knitting mittens and mits.

  19. pj darbyshire says:

    Please do enter me in the drawing. Those mittens look wonderful. I see 4 pair I want to make.

    Thank you

  20. Karen Babcock says:

    I just put this book on my Amazon wish list yesterday! Thank you so much for a chance to win it.

  21. Mittens are my favorite thing to make. A new book, with new ideas, would be wonderful!!

  22. Gayle Joseph says:

    I need to learn how to knit mittens~enter me please. Love your blog!

    Thank you,

  23. Elaine in NYC says:

    This book belongs in my knitting library–this level of technical construction is just what I’d love.

  24. This book looks amazing! I would love to have it in my knitting library. Thank you, Wendy!

  25. I love making mittens, this book looks great.

  26. I’m on the mitten roll right now and would love a new mitten book!

  27. What a nice book!

  28. This looks like an amazing book to have! I would love to win this!

  29. Jackie Wilson says:

    Great looking book to help with mitt knitting.

  30. So many great books coming out now – this one is going on my must list!

  31. Knit Mitts! Something I can handle these days! Would love more mitt patterns!!
    PS glad to see that Loki is being the perfect little helper!

  32. LGinCharleston says:

    Oh Wendy – I am ready to knit them.

    Keep spoiling Loki! That’s what our furry kids deserve!

  33. Lee Winemiller Cockrum says:

    Looks like a great book! And he looks to be a fabulous helper!

  34. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    What a great book. A must for every knitter. If I don’t win, will put it on my Christmas list. You are so generous to keep giving things away. Love Loki.
    Joan from Wisconsin where we need mittens!!!

  35. This book is just what our charity knitting group needs. We knit for all ages and have issues with sizes. What a help this would be.

  36. That looks like a really useful and fun book. And nice pics. Yes, please sign me up. 🙂

  37. Ruth Porter says:

    It’s getting cold here; need some mittens.

  38. New mittens for winter. Nice book

  39. I’m knitting mitts now!

  40. Stephanie Thompson says:

    This seems like a wonderful book to own. There are many varieties of mittens & gloves from which to pick. Not only that, the information from charts in of themselves will be invaluable. I’d love to have this book, especially being able to work the flip-top mitten pattern. I have a flip-top mitten I have been having difficulties with. Maybe this book will help me to solve the problem. I would really appreciate this book and hope you consider me.

  41. Jennifer T says:

    Oh my, what great timing! I just finished a pair of mittens last night, and while the basic pattern was fine, I had to do several adjustments that I just guessed at. It would be great to be able to put together my own pattern using the guidelines in this book.

  42. Jean Palionis says:

    I like the pair that are gloves with juxt the fingertips missing! The book has something for everyone. It would be great to have. Thanks for the offer.

  43. Robin Diebold says:

    I would love this book. Everyone asks for mittens and gloves. Thanks for the chance to win

  44. I would love to own this book. I have trouble with the thumb gusset and this book may solve this problem for me.

  45. I would love to have this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Love and under the chin scritches to Loki.

  46. Helpful! That’s what cats do.
    Love the mittens and gloves book. I’m a devotee of fingerless mitts, but need some good mittens to see me through….

  47. Desiree Nicholls says:

    That sounds like a great book. I’ve made mittens, but not gloves yet. Even if I don’t win I think I’m getting the book. Thanks for giving us the chance. I love reading you blog.

  48. What a great book! Thanks for a chance to win it!

  49. This has my correct email! Love the book!

  50. Mollie Mulls says:

    Love the bobbly mitts! And would love a copy of this book. Thanks!

  51. Thanks for the opportunity to win this! Knitting a pair of kids tipless gloves as we speak!

  52. Nice book; I’d love a copy.

  53. Planning on knitting some mittens as Christmas gifts. This book would be perfect!

  54. MerlinsMom says:

    I hardly ever need mittens in Southern California but I do wear gloves and love my hand knitted ones. I’d learn a lot, I’m sure, from this book.

  55. Lauren I Kowalczewski says:

    I’ve been trying to win a book for-ever!! Folks say we’re in for a HARD, COLD winter here
    in Michigan. They’re ALL hard and cold but this is supposed to be a doozy. I’d love to knit
    gloves and mittens for family this year…… Especially my SIs, who drives me everywhere.
    P l e a s e!!
    I’m retired and cannot really stand the cold but I do love my Michigan!!
    Hugs for all you do and “Purrs” to Loki from Cassie and Zoe.

  56. Caroline aka FiberTribe says:

    What a lovely giveaway. Glad Loki is keeping you on your toes!

  57. I really like knitting mittens, this looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity and a chance. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  58. Carol Perecman says:

    I would love to have this book–thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Love this! I might be wavering on whether to offer to knit mitts for my daughter’s entire class. Madness, I think, but also adorable.

  60. I really need information on fitting a glove to me. Does this book do that?

  61. alicia grayson says:

    Love all of Kate Atherly’s books.
    Rav id alikat2004

  62. What a wonderful book. Would love to finally try my hand at making gloves and mittens?.

    Smooches to Loki!

  63. I would really love this book. That Braewick colorwork lit a fire in my soul!

  64. I’ve only made wristlets, so I’d better get started on Mitts.
    Love to Loki

  65. How wonderful. I cannot sew at all. Your work is so pretty. I can knit. That’s it.

  66. I was recently thinking that I might branch out from sock knitting to mitten and glive knitting. Perfect timing that this book is out!

  67. Woils be a great book to own!

  68. Monica Cortada says:

    Adorable! I’ve never tried to knit gloves.

  69. yolanda v says:

    Would love a copy. I’ve never tried mitts or gloves.
    Kate Atherley…what’s not to love?

  70. Jeanie T Prochaska says:

    Looks like a great book! Would love to win it…

  71. Norma Jean says:

    I need this book to inspire me to make my first pair of mittens!

  72. Christine Frostenson says:

    I would love the mitten book! Tell Loki if I win I’ll knit him a pair!!

  73. Sophy0075 says:

    I would love to own this book. Mittens are cute and practical for cold hands – of every size.

  74. This looks like a useful book for those of us who crank out a few pairs each year for charity. I’m always guessing as to size. This might simplify that concern.

  75. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Winter is coming, and my old hands need mittens for protection.

  76. I love mittens!

  77. .Yes! frustrated with mittens that don’t fit so would love this book.

  78. Barbara Hicks says:

    Been knitting up hats and scarves for charity. Mittens would go well! Would love to win this book

  79. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I would love to win this book for my sister. She knits mitts all the time.

  80. Love knitting mittens – mitten love!

  81. Mittens are my comfort knitting-this book is a must have! Thank you for the giveaway!

  82. Gina Zahra says:

    What a lovely book – I would love a copy 😀

  83. Miriam Olsen says:

    I have been looking everywhere for new glove and mitten patterns. This would be awesome to win!

  84. Kate Atherley is such a fantastic designer & teacher! I’d get anything she put out, just because I know it’ll be excellent.

  85. Anita J. Tinlin says:

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity, Loki is as handsome as ever.

  86. I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit mittens. Thank you for the chance to win this fun book.

  87. Wee, another great give-a-way, and the author is another Canuck, sweet.

  88. Anita Dodds says:

    Lovely looking book. Love wearing and love knitting mittens.

  89. What a great offer! Thanks for the opportunity!

  90. Looks like a great book!

  91. Lestersmama says:

    Wow! What a great looking book!

  92. Deborah Dean says:

    A mitt for every hand. Looks like a have to have.

  93. Venice Smith says:

    I love having an arsenal of small accessories available to knit. They make great gifts plus provide that portable project we all seem to need. This would be a much appreciated addition to my library.

  94. I think mittens were what I first learned to knit as a child. Would love to try out some of the patterns in this book.

  95. Heather Koncz says:

    The winter forecast for Canada just came out – lots of snow and Artic blasts.
    Mittens would be very appropriate and these look good. I’m in.

  96. I would love to win?!

  97. I love knitting mitts! This book would be awesome!

  98. I’m just finishing my first pair of socks and was just thinking I’d like to knit some hand coverings too! And then, within a few days, I see this post. Looks like a great book.

  99. Rebecca J. says:

    I LOVE knitting mittens!!

  100. It’s been a while since I’ve knit mittens, would love some new ideas!