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New Design: Birdcage Mittens!

Hello again!

Here's the second installment in Elli Designs Yet More Mittens! If you missed yesterday's post, the quick summary is that I have two new mitten designs in 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220, which will be out in April. Yesterday was superwash kid's mittens, today I have some classic 220 ladies' mittens to show you!

clearly there are never enough knitted birds in my life.*

I don't know if I've ever mentioned much about my design process on the blog but, for me, the easiest part of every project is designing the main theme for the front of the mitten. Once the idea is approved I then spend (what feels like) forever trying to come up with the perfect palm pattern. When I FINALLY get that sorted out, I spend just as long trying to find a good thumb to tie the whole thing together.

Which then explains why, even though I'm generally quite fond of all my mitten fronts, I feel disproportionally proud of the palms. And, of course, books and magazines rarely show that side! You're lucky if you get a glimpse of a coy palm peeking out from under the other mitten. The above photo is remarkable in that you can see almost all of the palm, even if it is (what I think of as) upside-down.

Here's the full palm shot so you can drink it in:

ah, that's better!

The palms are patterned to evoke trailing branches and tall grass. In my imagination it's early morning and it's a little misty, and there is dew dripping from the branches. The little bird is glancing over his shoulder and considering flitting over to check out the situation in the trees..but he's uncertain, because it looks a little damp.

go for it, little dude!

Yarnwise, this is as fabulously basic as you can get. Just a skein each of two colors of Cascade 220! These colors are both heathers (#2440 vinci and #9489 red wine) but I think solids would work equally well. Time to raid your worsted stashes, peeps! Well, not quite yet. We have to wait until April. *sigh*

{twiddles thumbs impatiently...}

In the mean time, ravel it!

*Photo by Jack Deutsch, from 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220.


If only I lived somewhere where I could actually wear mittens since I would definitely make those.

I really like the palm pattern and your description. :)

Oh my god, you are amazing. I am completely in love with these. Might have to make these as a Valentines mitten for moi!

I love them!

Beautiful! Oh how I wish my colorwork was so nice and even. Guess I need more practice!

Oh! If only I lived somewhere that was cold enough for mittens. Those are beautiful.

*Love* them!

Ugh...I have a few pairs of mittens drawn out but am having a hard time with the palms. I feel like I have wonderful ideas for the fronts, and I want a palm that compliments but doesn't steal the show. You seem to have it down- these are perfect.

Beautiful!! I love this pattern.

What a whimsical design, cousin! I wish I had had a private tutorial on mitten design last time I saw you...

Love these! I think the palm pattern is gorgeous and could stands out. I'm definitely pumped for this book :)

what darling mittens! I'm looking forward to seeing the book!