WIP Wednesday: Sara’s Warm Woolen Mittens

February can be the hardest winter month to get through:  I’m longing for spring, but it is still just so far away. To cheer myself up while I wait for warmer weather, I’m making the Warm Woolen Mittens from Interweave Crochet Winter 2017. I made a pair for my sister for Christmas, and I liked them so much I decided to crochet mittens just for myself!

These mittens, designed by Brenda K. B. Anderson, are so quick to make. With a worsted-weight yarn and size H/8 hook, this small project flies off the hook. You could probably finish a pair in a weekend! The pattern calls for Halcyon Yarn Signature Collection Botanica in dusty blue and baby blue; I found enough yarn in my stash to make these in a brown and white combination.

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I was drawn to this pattern because I LOVE colorwork and counting my stitches to make a pattern.  This pattern features a snowflake on the top of the hand and a checkered stitch pattern on the palm. It is a lot of fun to incorporate two different color patterns in one small project. If you’re new to colorwork, give these mittens a try—they’re a great first project!

My sister requested these because she lives in Boston and spends a lot of time commuting and walking to work, and she really needed something to keep her hands warm during the freezing Boston winters. I’m looking forward to wearing mine when I get into a cold car on my way home from the Interweave offices and while I’m out walking my dog.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for making mittens. I learned to knit when I was about eight years old, and my very first project was a pair of mittens. I still think back fondly to those mittens every time I make a new pair.

—Sara Dudek
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet

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