Welcome to Terra Nova

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.

Click here for the free pattern.

Sophistical – in Knitty First Fall

sophistical 11 - upsidedown How excited am I to be back in Knitty?

I’m very happy to present Sophistical. This is a great loose-fitting layering piece that’s mostly super-simple and quick to knit. The front and back are worked flat and seamed at the shoulders and sides. Drop sleeves are picked up and worked in the round until they’re exactly as long as you want. Simple 1×1 ribbing finishes the neckline.

However, there are a few slightly tricky parts that really add a lot of style: a tubular cast-on and bind-off start and finish your ribbing beautifully, three organic-looking welts on the front skew the hemline in an interesting way, a box pleat on the back adds a bit of swing, and short-row shaping provides a better fit at the shoulders.

The instructions include modifications for simplifying the pattern if you think you might not be up to the challenge (but don’t be afraid to give it a shot–what’s the worst that could happen? You can just unravel and try again . . .)


Thanks to my two amazing dancer models, Kate Franklin and Vanessa Goodman.

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