Category: <span>Gloves/Mittens</span>

Ingress Mittens

Hands in mittens holding a cellphone with the Ingress scanner displayedWhen I received my invitation code on January 16, 2013, I had no idea what was waiting for me – this virtual, alternate reality game was something bigger than I ever expected.  When I first picked up my scanner, it was cold, but not so bad, and hey, Spring was not too far off in the Philadelphia area, and I still had a lot to learn about the game.  The mittens were an idea from the beginning since I’d been knitting for a number of years and thought it might be fun to combine my new obsession with an old one.  I made Level 8, and summer came and went with the idea still percolating.  Finally, Fall arrived and while the days were getting cooler, I was charting out the design for these mittens.  The final design incorporates the Resistance Key on the top of the hand and the Ingress logo on the palm side of the mittens using blobs of XM to balance out the pattern and fill in spaces, preventing longer floats.  The resulting pattern fits an average sized Resistance woman’s hand, and expects an intermediate skill level as well as prior experience with stranded knitting on DPNS in the round.  I’m offering this pattern for free as per the guidelines set forth by Ingress that allow for fan-created artwork.  Sorry folks, no Enlightened pattern is in the works, VIVA LA RESISTANCE!

 

 

[EDIT, 5 Nov 2013: Enlightened chart available, due to popular demand!  Follow same directions for Resistance mittens, substituting Enlightened chart – LINK (pdf)]

Alternative chart with dark lines – LINK (pdf)

The portal in the image to the left is that of the statue of David Reeves in Reeves Park, Phoenixville, PA, USA.  The park was, and still is, Phoenixville’s public square.  Gifted to the community in 1871 by Phoenix Iron Company founder David Reeves in his will, the park is an active Ingress battleground, having been a Flash Farm for both factions a number of times.  Founder David Reeves was so loved by his employees that they decided, unanimously, to place a statue in his memory at the center of the park shortly after his death.  [Portal Link]

Many thanks to agent Sensalia for acting as a hand model, to Abbie for proofreading, and to PAIR for being the best Resistance team ever.  Keep Warm and Hack On!

Ravelry Pattern Link (Removed March 2021 due to Ravelry’s lack of attention to accessibility)
Ravelry Project Link (Removed March 2021 due to Ravelry’s lack of attention to accessibility)
Pattern Download (pdf)

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Mittens and a Cowl

I get so good at blogging and then fall off the wagon for a while.  To be fair, we’ve had a bad few months with lots of grief and loss, so the blog has been less important lately.  Anyway, I do have another spun-to-finished project to show off.  Well, two, really, from the same batch of yarn/fiber.

The fiber is Koigu braided roving, and is 100% Targhee fiber.   This was acquired at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival in 2010, and I LOVE the fiber. DSC_1349
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Finally, the two finished objects made from the same skein of yarn.  One pair of Broad Street Mittens, and one Moebius Cowl.  Both were easy knits, and simple, because I wanted the colors to show themselves off more than the pattern. They’re both patterns I’ve knit before, so it was easy, and I made a few small modifications along the way (as you do when you’ve knit a pattern multiple times and know just how to fit it to your peculiarities).  Very pleased with how they both came out.  I knit the mittens first and then the cowl second, using up every inch of the yarn which means it’s a little short, but does the job well enough!
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Owlie Gloves

Owlie Gloves! They’re just too cute, and a great way to use up my growing stash of handspun.

First, the Fiber:

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Fiber is by Gnomespun and is Polwarth in colorway, “Hidcote” – I picked this up at Rhinbeck in October 2010

 

Second, the spun yarn:

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Yarn was chain plied, and came out to 328 yards.  It probably falls between worsted and DK and is pretty slubby and uneven, but it’s got a very handspun quality to it which is perfect for gloves.  The unevenness seems to disappear, especially when knit at a smaller/tighter gauge.  The yarn is lofty and squishy and perfect for gloves.

 

Thirdly, the gloves!:

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Pattern is Owlie Mitts that I added fingers to so that I’d have gloves.  I love fingerless gloves and mitts, but really, it’s my fingers that get cold, and adding fingers to mitts is pretty easy!  They fit perfectly.  The gauge is pretty tight (think knitting a thick DK yarn on US 1.5 needles), but there’s no way the cold is getting in through these.  The beads were sewn on later rather than knitted in since I didn’t have the crochet hook or floss necessary to add them during the knitting.  No big deal.  Here’s the Ravelry Project Link if you want to see my short bit of notes.

Boscage Mitts

I was fortuante enough to participate in another test knit – I’m really getting to love doing these!  It’s taken me a while to write up (I know, I know, bad blogger!), but here’s what I’ve got.  Expect more updates in the near future – I’ve got a lot of things to tell you about.

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Boscage Mitts
Pattern: Boscage Mitts
Designer: Ritsuka Nashi
Needles: US 11 (8mm)
Yarn:  Handspun silk/wool blend, approx 10wpi
Ravelry Project Link
What an absolutely fabulous pair of mitts!  I happened to have this skein of handspun merino/tussah blend that I bought as roving from Cloverleaf Farms at Rhinebeck.  It had been spun up for a while, just waiting for the right project to come along.  Well, the right project did come along and how right it was.  The stitch pattern makes the mitts light and airy while still being warm, and get this, reversible!  Ritsuka’s pattern is well thought out, using a tubular cast on which makes the finished mitts look clean and neat.  I know it’s not really the season to knit mitts anymore, but you can never be too prepared for another snowpocalypse, now can you?  Plus, they knit up quickly – I finished these in one afternoon.