Thursday, November 10, 2016
Three years ago I embarked on a knitting journey with one goal in mind. To knit a pair of Fiddlehead Mittens. It was one of many attempts to pick up knitting and it finally stuck. I've been knitting ever since, tackling project after project to improve my skills. All in an effort to be able to knit these mittens. I first fell in love with these mittens in 2009/2010, long before I really started knitting. I even wrote a dorky blog post about them (find it here). These mittens were a far off dream for many years, and I am SO happy that I finally knit them!
Fiddlehead Mittens pattern by Adrian Bizilia.
When I decided I was ready and armed with the right skills to take this pattern on, I didn't have much trouble deciding on yarn to use. I used the same two colors of sportweight yarn that I used in my Daybreak shawl, which is one of my favorite knits. Madelinetosh Pashmina in Moonstone and Cephalopod Yarns Bugga! in Bold Jumping Spider. I was all set to use leftovers from my shawl in addition to new skeins, but they weren't exact matches so I used the fresh skeins for these mittens.
I really don't like magic loop or DPNs for small circular knitting. I knit these mittens on a US 3 9" circular. They take getting used to, but I absolutely love knitting on them. I used a 9" circular to knit Michael's convertible mittens and some plain mittens for myself last year (see them both here). This was I only have to use magic loop for the decreases and the thumb.
I am glad I tried a few stranded colorwork projects before knitting these mittens. I am really happy with how even my tension and floats are on this project. The one thumb was a little tight, but it was already loosened with a little wear and blocking.
The outer mittens for this project were finished up in late September and it took me about a month to knit the mitten linings. The linings are obviously quite a bit of extra work, but they make the mittens super cozy and luxurious. Totally worth it. I used an Eat Sleep Knit exclusive colorway of Squoosh Fiberarts Rapture called Light Trails. It's a beautiful purple/pink that's super soft and warm.
Honestly, I can't say enough about these mittens. I really enjoyed knitting them, and I am so so excited to wear them this winter. I've worn them a couple times already (even though it's not really cold enough), and they're so dreamy. I'm so proud of the way they turned out. Every time I pick them up, I just can't believe that I knit them. I feel like I can knit just about anything now! I think I need to knit a hat to match my shawl and newly finished mittens.
For more information on my mittens, see my Ravelry page.