Sunday, September 30, 2012

Druid Mittens

It's been a long time coming, but I finally finished my Druid Mittens! They've been on my needles since January. But I've been working on them longer than that as I actually had found the yarn for the mittens back in 2010. 

When I visited New Zealand last, I bought 2 balls of Zealana Kia Ora Kauri Fingering. The fiber content is 60% NZ Merino, 30% Possum, and 10% Silk. That great halo in the yarn comes from the possum. The thumbs are the prettiest I've ever seen on a mitten. I didn't even realize it until I had knit an entire mitten.

I modified the fit pretty heavily. I like my cuffs more snug. I also had some trouble getting the right gauge despite using size 0/ 2.0mm needles, so I subtracted some stitches out of the pattern and added some length. The details are on my ravelry project page


If I were to make these again, I wouldn't have gotten rid of the slip stitches on the side of the mittens. I didn't realize until the first mitten was done what the slip stitches added to the design.

10 comments :

kiwiyarns said...

You've done a super nice job of those mittens! You'll have lovely snuggly hands this winter.

Pumpkin said...

Yikes, size 0? No wonder it took a while, but the finished project is, in my opinion, totally worth it. That yarn has a halo to it that just adds to the pattern, I can't think of a better yarn (or color) for the project. I'm interested in the possum content though, where do they get that fiber? Why does it only seem to be present in NZ yarns? I hope to try it myself someday.

collegeknitting said...

Wow- you finally finished! Congrats!!!

Becca said...

These are scrumptious! :) x

Alicia Landi said...

Gorgeous mittens! Congrats on finishing.

Danette said...

I LOVE them!!! I like a snug cuff as well. As always ~ great job Audrey :)))

fern1knits said...

Gorgeous mittens, and the photos are amazing as well!

Alina Sayre said...

Nice going! I like the pattern :)

Maryse said...

Beautiful mittens! I love knitted mittens! I just too finished a project I started in January. Only have to weave in ends and block it!

AC said...

Finally! These are too freaking cute!! I don't know if you ever machine wash your knits (I do because I'm a terrible person), but I found that yarns with possum pill really really bad if you machine wash them or even wash them too vigorously. Not that mittens get dirty very often, though...

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