Blue Wave Mitts by Thea Colman
I love a good one skein project that lets me use a truly special skein of yarn to make a gift that shines. When we received the new Studio Organic Worsted base from Neighborhood Fiber Company, I knew it would be one of my go-to gifting yarns this year. And one of my favorite designers, Thea Colman, had the same idea! She designed the Blue Wave Mitts to use one skein of this incredible new yarn. An intricate cable design really pops in this soft and squishy yarn. The finished mitt is warm and cozy – and organic! I can’t wait to gift these to my environmentally conscious friends for trips to the farmers’ market. Although fingerless mitts are much older than cell phones, they’ve definitely had a resurgence of popularity with the ubiquitous presence of personal devices.
I knit my first pair in Ziggy Stardust, the beautiful fibre space custom color from Neighborhood Fiber Company. The light color speckles still let the design pop. We also have a gorgeous range of solid color shades in the new Organic Studio Worsted base, and the saturated colors positively glow. Check out the designer’s version in Hollins Market (which we have in stock!)
Sizing: 7.5″/19cm around mitt, laid flat. 9.25″/23.5cm long from top to bottom. Width around hand will stretch when worn.
Yarn: 1 skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted Organic, or 150-200 yards worsted weight yarn
- Copy of Blue Wave Mitts pattern, available on Ravelry
- US 6 double pointed needles, or long circular for magic loop method
- Cable needle
- One skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted Organic
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle
A few of our tonal solids in NFC Studio Worsted Organic, from left to right and top to bottom: Mondawmin, Station North, Little Italy, Penn North, Belair, Logan Circle, Canton, Ward Circle, Washington Circle, Concord Point, Truxton Circle, Cedarcroft, Patterson Park, Charles Center, Roland Park
Beth’s Tips and Tricks:
- Use a row counter or other method to keep track of which row you are on!
- When working a pattern that has lots of different kinds of cables, I like to go though and color code the different types. For example, I’ll use a red pencil to circle all the instances of a 2/2 RC, and then also use red to circle that in the directions or chart key. This makes it easy to quickly find the instructions for each type.
- Thea Colman gives lots of options on how to modify the pattern for your desired fit. Read through all of the instructions before starting, to help you decide if you want to make any of the suggested modifications, like going down a needle size for the ribbing if you want a snug fit around the fingers.
- Make notes on the pattern for how many rows you do for the ribbing and thumb during the first mitt, so that you can match it for the second!