Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Pattern: CHOPIN Handwarmers (and Mittens)

In anticipation of autumn (and holiday gift-giving) I designed some easy cabled handwarmers.

I've named them Chopin, after the Polish composer Frederic Chopin. His instrument was piano, and he was sickly most of his life. These would have kept him warm in his drafty apartment in Paris while keeping his fingers free to play Mazurkas and Nocturnes.

This is a great project to practice some new skills: working in the round--on two circulars; cables; shaping a thumb. But I promise, this is EASY.

You only need one skein of Cascade 220, Paton's Classic Wool Merino, or any worsted weight yarn. You need about 150 yards. (This sample pair is made of Moda Dea Silk-n-Wool, in color Wasabi. What a great name for this color.)

The thumb shaping is easy--two stitch markers indicate where you work the kfbs on either side of the thumb. Then just cast off and work the rest of the handwarmer in the round. So, no knitting teeny-weeny fingers.

For boy-gifts, leave off the cable, and use navy blue or black.

The pattern also has instructions to make these into mittens.

Buy the pattern now for just $3.95.

Check it out on Ravelry.

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