“And now, for something completely different…”
I’ll always love fussing over fine-gauge, stranded designs. But, I gotta tell you, being able to make these cushy, comfy, colorful babies in a blink definitely has its own rewards. Knit a complete pair of adult-sized mittens in a day – gee, there’s a new concept! (For me, anyway. 😉 ) Okay, so maybe that Christmas knitting list doesn’t look so daunting after all!
These were made with just one 150g skein of Malabrigo “Rasta” yarn, a super-bulky, slightly felted, hand-dyed, single-ply merino yarn with a label gauge of…are you ready for this?…2 to 2.5 stitches per inch. I smooshed it down a bit – to 3 sts per inch – to make the mittens extra warm and windproof. Usually, when I think of super bulky knits, I think of clunky things with poor fit. So, I played around with both the large, lower thumb gusset and the upper mini-gussets and I’m really pleased with how ergonomically they turned out – a perfect, flexible fit!
I juuuuust started carrying Malabrigo. Being a stranded knitting geek, with my opening order, I gravitated toward their famously gorgeous, fingering-weight sock yarn. (More to come on that front – you can count on it!) Of course, everyone likes worsted weight – especially with winter around the corner – so I grabbed a handful of their beautiful worsted colors, too. (Super soft hats in the works; stay tuned!) Just on a last-minute whim – as much out of curiosity as anything else – I decided I’d try some of this super-crazy, mondo-bulky stuff and, boy, am I ever pleased! Soft as can be, glorious colors, and blizzard-proof mittens in no time flat. I think you’re gonna love this stuff!
Let me know!
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