Today I am beyond excited to share with you my Moorland Mitts pattern. It is now officially available in my Ravelry Store. Yay!
This pattern has been a long time coming. I first designed these mitts one year ago. I knew all along that I wanted to publish the pattern, but one thing or another got in the way.
The original design was for fingerless mitts but I knew deep down they wanted to be mittens. I had never knit a pair of mittens before so I started researching techniques and swatching. Late last Fall I came up with a seamed version of the mittens. While I was excited at the time, I knew that really they needed to be seamless. I also wasn't too excited about the yarn I was using, which was just some unspectacular yarn I had picked up in a craft store here.
I wanted this pattern to reflect my newfound love of natural yarns and my journey of discovering that not all yarn is created equal. I also wanted it to be the best it possibly could be and to reflect a higher craftsmanship than the original prototype.
And if I'm honest, I was also a bit scared. It's such a risk to share your work and every time I share a design, every time I knit something to sell or give away, I am afraid that it will be judged harshly and found wanting. I'm scared that the recipient, or (in this case) the knitter won't love it as much as I do.
Finally, late this past Spring I decided that enough was enough. These are risks we have to take in order to put our work out there. I ordered some beautiful, high quality yarn, started swatching and knit up a new, seamless version of the mittens.
Over the past few months, my mittens have been in the testing phase. I have learned so much about writing patterns from my incredible test knitters through this process and I am very indebted to their kindness and patience with my unpolished pattern.
So today, I share with you the finished product- the result of one full year of knitting and learning and working. I hope you'll love them. The finished pattern is both for the full mittens and fingerless mitts versions of the design. Inspired by the novels of the Brontë sisters, and knit with 100% British wool, they are perfect for a winter's walk out on the Moors, or simply a trip down the street to a favorite café.
And as usual, to celebrate that the pattern is (finally) released, I want to give one copy away! Simply comment here (or over on Instagram) letting me know your favorite thing about Fall to be entered to win. I will select the winner at random towards the end of the week.