Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn is, in a word, awesome. It’s super soft (75% alpaca, 25% polyamide), the colors are great, and that little bit of nylon in there is perfect for adding some durability to such a luxe fiber.
This yarn is undeniably good for socks (and darn nice ones at that!) but I had something different in mind. I really wanted a pair of slouchy, color blocked fingerless mitts. Introducing the Whole Wide World - Fingerless Mitts! Available as a download too: Whole Wide World - Fingerless Mitts Download!
I decided to make them flat on straight needles, sewing up the sides at the end. I did this primarily because I wanted the seam to give the piece a tiny bit more structure. These are meant to be relatively loose fitting, and I didn’t want them to constantly be bunching up around my wrists. The seams give just enough stability to keep that from happening.
Once I knit up the first pair and saw how much yarn was left, I decided to make another set. My husband was so enamored with first pair, I decided to make the second set for him. These will go in the hat/mitten/scarf bin this winter, and I guarantee we will be fighting over who gets to wear them. The good news is, you and your loved one won’t have to fight because at 461 yards a skein there’s plenty of yarn to make mitts for both of you, and then some!
My original intent with this pattern was rather sappy and romantic (thus I named it after my favorite song about love). I love the thought of buying two skeins of a beautiful yarn and having just enough yardage to make two pairs of mitts – perfect for you and your partner. But let’s be serious: it’s almost gift giving time. Whether you celebrate the winter holidays or just enjoy giving lovingly handmade gifts to your friends and family, these mitts are great!
The pattern includes instructions for a color blocked version and a striped version. Play with colors and see what you come up with! And when they’re finished, post a photo of them on Instagram and tag us (@halcyonyarn) – we’d love to see what you made!