Friday, February 24, 2012

Dog Walking Mitts

I have just released a new pattern called Dog Walking Mitts.  What started out as a way to use up a cool skein of discontinued yarn turned into more practice in the design world.  As I was knitting these gloves I realized that a simple pattern like this might be a good place to start if I ever want to design with brioche.  When I decided to target knew brioche knitters I thought it best to get some test knitters.  Thanks to Mary Ann, Melanie, and Quyen it became a very collaborative process.  Because it was going to be a free pattern I was able to use a forum on Ravelry to discuss modifications as a group. I tried my best not to use Nancy Merchant's terminology from Knitting Brioche, so the pattern developed into a bit of a tutorial.  I was trying to be as simple as possible with the pattern itself, but ended up with lots of information on brioche stitch.

Dog Walking Mitts has simple instructions with helpful hints where all newbies seem to struggle.  Worked in the round, this pattern utilizes a slip stitch method of brioche called Stockinette Brioche Stitch (not Fisherman's Rib) and has a plain stockinette thumb.  These mitts are a great way to highlight a yarn with colorful features as well as a great stash buster for those single skeins of yarn just waiting to be used up.

Finished Measurements

Cuff circumference:  7 ½" / 19 cm (unstretched);
Length: 7 ½" / 19 cm

These gloves are easy to size up by adding an even number of stitches to the cast on number. To make the thumb larger, work 2-4 more sts with waste yarn, and pick up extra sts on the sides.


150 yards of any worsted weight yarn; The sample shown was made using Araucania Magallanes (198 yds / 181 m; 3.53 oz / 100 g)


Set of size 7 US / 4.5 mm dpns (or circular needles for magic loop)
Size 10 US / 6 mm needle to bind off

1 comment:

  1. Starting a dog walking service can be a fun and profitable way to earn income from home. If you love animals this may be the perfect home business for you!

    Dog Walking Vaughan