Half Moon Mitts

Half Moon Mitts
Half Moon Mitts

I was commissioned to design these mitts in both knitting and crochet for Muskoka Yarn Box, in Northern Bay Fibre’s Harbour sport 25%silk, 75% Blue Faced Leicester.

Me in my new smock and Half Moon MItts
Me in my new smock and Half Moon MItts

My boys are big mitt fans, but I’ve never had my own pair before – I’ve just made theirs.  Chilly spring is definitely more cozy with mitts.  I’ve enjoyed having people glance at my hands, it’s fun who notices that they used different techniques, and who doesn’t.  I like how the yarn pools better in the crocheted mitt, but the half moons are more dramatic in the knit one.

 for the crocheted Half Moon Mitt, $6.60

The crocheted mitt is fairy straightforward – I used back loop single crochet for the rib, and double crochet fans for the half moons.  The only tricky part is that I wrote it all joined as you go.  It starts at the thumb, joins the thumb, adds the hand sideways, adds the wrist frill, joins the tube (including the thumb) then finishes the palm in the round.  I did not add a chart, But Lindsey Stephens made sure it was clear.

Half Moon Mitt (crochet) shown palm up

for the Knitted Half Moon Mitt, $6.50
Like the Betcha Sweater, the Knitted Half Moon Mitt makes extensive use of elongated stitches to mimic double crochet fans.  I figured out how to make the edging both cast on, and bound off, so you work the mitts from the wrist to the palm in one direction, then go back to finish the thumb.  I did not figure out how to chart elongated stitch clusters though; so this pattern is all written instructions.  Corrina Ferguson made sure it made sense and the numbers were right.

 

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