Hockey and Knitting: A Match Made in Heaven

I know you’ve heard about the multiple women who were called out for knitting at hockey games (even if the guy right next to them is on his phone), but let me assure you that knitting and hockey go quite well together. And my current project, the Logan Mitts from knitscene Fall 2017, is the best rink-side project I can think of.

For starters, knitting keeps me calm, which is good because yelling at the refs and players in my boyfriend’s rec league isn’t a good look. Second, draping my project over my legs or holding my project bag in my lap provides warmth by adding another layer to the many I’m already wearing in the freezing cold rink. And lastly, it keeps me focused on the game! I am not at all tempted to check my phone during the game if I’m knitting.

The only issue I’ve had with knitting at hockey games is that my hands get super-chilly, so I decided to make some mitts to keep my fingers free but my palms warm. I selected a pretty partial skein of Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted left over from a Christmas gift and went to work.

I replaced the cuff and finger edging with a 1×1 rib for ease, and rest of the mitt has flown by. This project is fun and easy, and it even helped me finally understand how yarnovers work on DPNs! I highly recommend these mitts if, like me, you have a whole summer season of hockey knitting to look forward to.

Pattern Details

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 6.75 (7, 7.5, 8)“ palm circumference and 6.75 (6.75, 7.5, 7.5)” tall. Mitts shown measure 7”.

Yarn Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino (100% superwash merino wool): #27 charcoal, 1 ball.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): set of doublepointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; waste yarn to be used as a stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 44 rnds = 4” in Honeycomb Brioche st.

Notes These mitts are worked in the round from the wrist up with a thumb gusset.

Do you knit at sporting events? Tell us about it in the comments!

Happy knitting,


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