RANDOM SPRING MITTS by Laura Mayer
My inspiration for Random Spring Mitts comes from a number of sources. First and foremost is Catherine G. Hall’s Random Lace “pattern-recipe.” http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/random-lace. Her instructions are easy to follow, even for someone as lace-challenged as I am. (Feather and Fan is about the limit of my patterned lace-knitting skills.) I like being able to choose any stitches I want, but appreciate keeping the same (small) number of stitches per row, for simplicity’s sake.
The first time I made the Random Spring Mitts was the result of a perfect storm of leftover Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool yarn from one friend’s project, another friend suffering through a lingering winter with cold hands, and my desire to knit her something warming. I also wanted something that would be delicate enough to anticipate the coming spring season. I experimented and came up with a pair of mitts that she loved and wore almost every day for months. (Though I conceived of them as “Spring” mitts, she told me that were among the first pieces of knitting she began to wear when the season turned cool the next autumn.)
The organic flow of the lace’s random increases and decreases makes me think of flora in seasonal transition: early spring, when bare branches and vines begin to take on new shapes with buds and leaves, and autumn, when the architecture of those same vines and branches is revealed as leaves begin to fall. These transitional mitts are an attempt to recreate those shapes using random stitches. I love the rustic yet refined look of Silky Wool, and I think that its tweedy blend of fibers in both muted and saturated colors makes it an excellent yarn for multiple seasons.
These short mitts are an excellent project to practice the random lace technique and to make a multi-season accessory, whether for cool fall weather, chilly interiors in winter, or when waiting for spring to arrive! Almost everyone who tries them on says, “Oh, they feel good.”
S/M and M/L
Width: 3 inches[3.5 inches]
Length: 6 inches[6.5 inches]
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool [45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon; 192yd/176m per 50g skein]; color: 83 green
Safety pin or split ring marker(s)
24 sts = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Round 2 and all following rounds: Increase and decrease as you please, keeping 36 stitches per round.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
After being shown how to knit twice, once as a child, and once in her twenties, Laura Mayer finally learned how to knit in 2004. She has hardly put down the needles since. She lives on the beautiful
coast with her partner, cat, and dog. Oregon
Copyright 2012 Laura Mayer