Mama Sue’s Reading Mitts are off the needles!
I’ll keep it brief, but I have to give my praise to both this yarn and this pattern. My illustrious mum picked the yarn, Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK in brown bluefaced leicester, and she has simply impeccable taste. The undyed yarn has a great neutral shade that will go with all of her winter coats and a really wonderful feel on the skin.
As for the pattern, it’s simple enough to knit up in a few days, yet looks very clean and well made for the amount of time required to make them. As well, this pattern includes two features that set it ahead of many basic fingerless mitts patterns – a thumb gusset and a sewn edge. I hate fingerless gloves that don’t include a thumb gusset, and although they’re easy to add to a stockinette mitt, this is excellent for beginners and much more comfortable for the wearer in the long run. Since the edges of the mitts are folded under and sewn down, it gives them a much more professional look, which is perfect for holiday gifting.
I’m not much on knitting patterns more than once, but I can definitely see myself making up a pair or two of these for some last minute holiday gifts.
Up next – I just cast on another Brambles, this time with several mods – a wider brim with a buttonband and a slouchier body. Of course, I’ll be sharing my progress soon. Happy knitting!