While the middle of July may not seem like a good time to think about prepping for winter, it really is, at least when it comes to your knitting! Kelbourne Woolens is launching their Year of Mittens MKAL beginning on August 1st. Join fellow mitten knitters in making beautiful mittens each month for an entire year, providing you with plenty of brand new mittens come this winter, and even more for any cold snaps to follow.
Mittens are a lot like socks in that they travel really well. They are small and compact, and don’t require tons and tons of yarn. As you begin packing for those final summer vacations, consider bringing your mittens along for the ride. You’ll be glad you have plenty of knitting to keep you occupied, and your hands will thank you come December.
While the Year of Mittens is a mystery, we do know what all pairs will be knit out of the lovely The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering. If you haven’t had a chance to fall in love with this yarn or its heavier worsted sister, now’s the chance. It’s smooth and tightly twisted, giving it great stitch definition for all types of techniques. While it has that charming rustic appearance we all adore, it’s still soft and drapey. Kelbourne Woolens has told us that every pattern will be keeping within the same aesthetic that we know and expect from them. Each pattern will feature different techniques, with cables, colorwork and lace on the docket. Yet each pair will remain classic and timeless so that it will fit into any winter wardrobe.
How Does It Work?
You have quite a bit of flexibility in how you decide to participate. You can purchase the patterns individually as they are released for $7 each, but where’s the fun in that?
If you sign up for the entire year for just $28, you’ll receive all 12 patterns as they are released while also saving nearly $60 that you can otherwise put towards yarn! You’ll also get the special bonus pattern immediately: a basic mitten with three thumb constructions. At the end of the year, all 12 patterns will be automatically compiled into one beautiful ebook in addition to an exclusive thank you gift. Each month, the new pattern will arrive in your Ravelry library so that you only have to wind your yarn, download your pattern and begin!
Be sure to swing by the shop for any assistance in subscribing or in picking out just the right color. And definitely show off your completed mittens throughout the entire year.
So are you itching to get started and see the surprises unfold? I know I am!