Does the world need another fingerless mitt pattern? Maybe it does! It’s been sixteen years since my first fingerless mitt pattern, Fetching, was published in Knitty, and people are still making them (with over 21,000 projects currently posted on Ravelry). I designed these Terra Nova mitts for my dad at his request, to keep his hands warm when he’s out taking pictures. They’re named for the Terra Nova rural park near where I grew up and appear in Knitty First Fall 2022.
Our smart and stylish friends Ørnulf and Lena live in Norway. The last time we saw them, they took us for an afternoon walk near their home in Bergen, up one mountain, across another, and down a third. It was so much fun. Afterwards, over dinner, they showed us their collection of beautiful hand-knitted mittens for wearing on hikes in the winter, and I’ve had an idea for stranded colourwork mittens in the back of my mind ever since.
My sister brought me one skein of beautiful Italian cashmere from a trip a few years ago, and I put it away because I didn’t know what to do with it. Then last year I got a new winter coat that was almost the same colour as the yarn, and decided the time had come to make something.
I figured a lace cowl would work for the yardage, found a lovely Estonian Twig Lace (Hagakiri) pattern that worked in the round, did a bit of math, concentrated really hard for two-hour bursts, and now I have this lovely cowl. I didn’t come up with the lace pattern myself so I am offering the pattern for free.
Click the link below to download a PDF of the pattern. More information about yarn ideas is included in the pattern.