The first of my new designs to accompany the refreshed Willow Shawl, Willow Fingerless Mitts use a column of the Willow lace motif to add detail to the back of the hand. The rest of the mitt is fairly straightforward and the pattern offers ways to adjust both the hand size and length.
In the pattern development stage I tried a few different iterations to get the lace panel positioning right. I also realised during testing that I hadn't followed my own pattern for some early samples! 🙈 A very valuable lesson in reading the pattern rather than assuming you know it.
If made according to the largest size in the pattern they should use less than 40g of yarn. The full set of three Willow accessories has been designed to use almost all of two skeins of Keld Fingering. This means if you buy the yarn for the shawl you can make the mitts and hat from the leftover yarn!
Here are a couple of the samples made during pattern development:
Keld Fingering (superbas merino/linen) in Wild Raspberry:
Titus Fingering (superwash merino/silk) in Sea Spray:
Keld Fingering in Fuchsia:
Pendle 4ply (superwash merino - sooooo soft) in Granite:
Our test-knitters did a fantastic job and really helped us iron out some of the initial issues. We are so grateful for their patience and perseverance. I think some of them have strong futures in hand modelling too!
Meshal used Rosedale 4ply (our sparkly gold sock yarn) in Mountain Hare
Svatava made two pairs, both in the smaller size but one of each mitt length. They are made using Lana Grossa: Slow Wool Lino.
Chris used Keld Fingering in Clematis
Holly used Mitchells' Creations yarn from stash.
Sara's mitts were made using Titus Fingering (superwash merino/silk) in Rose Campion. The light speckling of pink really accentuates the lace.
Chris used Milburn 4ply (superwash BFL/silk) in Fern which is a lovely zingy green.
Heather used Milburn 4ply in Dusk, a soft, delicate, almost neutral pale purple.
Catherine used Drops Fabel from stash.
Anne used handspun yarn and they look so wonderful and neat!! Look at that fuzzy halo 😍
Susan used Titus 4ply (superwash merino/silk) in Wild Raspberry.
Have you made the Willow Fingerless Mitts? Would you like to share it on this page? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an image and the yarn used and we will add it.