When we received all of the new Mason-Dixon field guides, chock full of tempting patterns, I just couldn't resist whipping something up. Like many crafters, this is an extremely busy time of year for me, but luckily the Field Guides have numerous quick knits to help tick off the items on your holiday gift list! Even better, it was a chance for me to work with one of our newly arrived yarns that has been calling out to me from the shelf.
Pattern: Appleseed Mitts from the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making
Materials: Echoview's Ranger Merino in Redtail (1 skein), Size US 5 & 7 needles (DPNs or circular long enough for magic loop), cable needle, 2 stitch markers, waste yarn, and a tapestry needle
The mitts feature a simple, easily memorized cable pattern through the cuff, worked on larger needles to keep the fabric from tightening down too much. The palm is worked in plain stockinette with a thumb gusset, and each mitt seems to simply fly off the needles. This is a project that could easily be finished over a day off or a couple of evenings.
The spiciest portion of the pattern is the shaping around the base of the thumb gusset. In particular, placement for the gusset is trickiest for those working in magic loop. If the increases and decreases are tripping you up, you may find it easier to place the beginning of the round in the middle of a DPN, rather than the end, and simply mark it with a stitch marker.
The Ranger Merino was an absolute dream to work with. Simultaneously fluffy and durable, the fabric created was just dense enough to feel sturdy and warm, without becoming stiff or losing stretch. I'm definitely going to be using this yarn a LOT for my gift knitting!