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Badlands Mitts

With this spell of cold weather and with a long-planned trip to the north (now cancelled, unfortunately), I thought it was time to bash out a pair of gloves.

I found a ball of Pickles Pure Wool in my stash that I bought while visiting my dear friend Eline in 2017.  The yarn is actually spun in the UK and is a generous 380 metres in a fantastic palette of colours.  It feels a little rough when you knit with it but blooms beautifully when blocked.

screenshot2019-01-31at18.41.37I was going to use one of my own patterns but decided to try a lovely pattern I found on Ravelry called Badlands Mitts by Kathryn Folkerth The design is a lovely blend of linen stitch with a ribbed thumb and is such a fun knit.  Kathryn also has a worsted version here.

The pattern uses 3.75 and 3.25mm needles but I found I had to drop down to 3 and 2.75mm to achieve the tension.  That could have been down to my yarn choice so if you do knit this pattern I strongly recommend you check your tension.  Fingering or 4ply yarn can be so different depending on how it is spun and which fibre is used.

img_20190130_172812What really intrigued me about this pattern is that the gloves are knitted top down, which is quite unusual and means that you can make the cuff as long as you want.

img_20190130_172709There is a separate instruction for how to join the thumb.  It suggests you put the thumb, that is knitted in the round, one one needle, but I found this impossible so put it on two, ready to bring in when the hand was long enough.

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I also noticed from the designer’s picture that she had finished off her cuff with a tubular cast off and realised I had never tried this technique.  I know, how could that be?  Anyway I have now put this right now and I found a great video over on Very Pink Knits to help me.

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So here is one glove and the other is already on the needles.  I can’t wait to try them out in the snow.  Do try this pattern, you won’t be disappointed.  i think next time I will try a bouncier yarn.

Do you have any patterns that you have really enjoyed?  I’d love to hear about them.

SHAMELSS PLUG:  I also have a top down glove pattern here.

 

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