The Mittens

Let me be honest here. I thought there would be more mittens. Last year I felt like I knit all mittens, all the time. That would mean a mountain of mittens, but it’s only just a mound of mittens. It’s still a lot. Let’s count them.

The Mittens

Clockwise from top left (for ease, all fingerless or wrist items are referred to as mittens for now):

A few of my own design samples: 4 pairs (8 mittens)
Failed design that I am still trying to work out: 2 pairs + 1 (5 mittens)
Samples from The Red Collection: 7 pairs (14 mittens)
The Worst Pile – Mittens with no comrades: no pairs (11 mittens)
Bag of pulsewarmers in various stages of completion: 4 pairs (8 mittens/not really but whatevs)
Mittens and gloves that live in the Mitten Bin and get used: 6 pairs (12 mittens)
The Best Pile – Baby Maggie mittens: 3 pairs (6 mittens)
Other people’s patterns that don’t get much wear anymore: 3 pairs (6 mittens)
Gifted mittens (from my sister and from Elinor): 2 pairs (4 mittens)

The math says that’s 31 pairs of mittens and 74 mittens total.

Like yesterday, I can only assume there are some mittens in my house that I cannot locate, and I know of at least one mitten on the pins. There are probably more half-knit mittens that I have hidden in a bag and stashed away somewhere deep.

I took another picture from the side, to show the extreme height of some of these piles.

The Mittens

Here’s a confession: I actually think I need more mittens. But more specifically, I think I need more mittens that fit the kids. Assuming it snows (and some years it doesn’t) the kids go out to play for 20 minutes, come in for hot chocolate, then want to go back out. But their mittens are then WET AND COLD. So they need at least two pairs each, and three would be better!

Okay, writing that last paragraph made me feel slightly insane. But I’ll probably knit more mittens anyway. I HAVE A PROBLEM.

On the other hand, the other categories (sweaters, socks, scarves, shawls) are totally under control. No really.




Mallory Pack

Don’t you love Reverse Stockinette Stitch? I do. And it’s not that I dislike purling, but I definitely prefer knitting. This set accomplished Reverse Stockinette in a sneaky way; you knit all the stitches (stockinette stitch) but turn the mitts and hat inside out at the end to reveal the purl side (reverse stockinette stitch)! The trick is to remember when changing colors to carry the tails of yarn on the outside of your work and weave the ends in on the knit side.

Mallory Mitts

Two things I love about the Mallory patterns? They are great patterns for both men and women and they are knit in a sport weight wool with a good range of colors. The color possibilities are endless! Can you imagine knitting these with a rainbow of reverse stockinette stripes?

If you are a newer knitter, or if you’re not into the stranded colorwork thing, this is the pattern for you.  If I rated my patterns based on difficulty, then this one would be in the easy category.

Here’s another great thing about the Mallory patterns: both the hat and the mitts in the set come in three sizes to fit children, medium adults and large adults.  The hat shown in the picture below is the Medium Adult size, and because of the ribbing, fits a range of head sizes comfortably.

Mallory Hat

Mallory, my model for the whole of The Red Collection, liked this set the best out of all the patterns. She was really excited when she was flipping through an early draft of the book and discovered that I named it after her!

Learn more about the Mallory Hat & Mitts:
Mallory pattern details on my blog.
Mallory pattern page on Ravelry.

About The Red Collection

The Red Collection has 12 patterns for hats and matching mittens (or mitts, or wristers). This is a self-published book and I’ve been working on these patterns, photographs, book design, and marketing for the last year!

The Print Edition of the book can be pre-ordered now, and will ship in October.

Please note: The Print Edition includes special sections on yarn, gauge, and finishing, and also has a special techniques section to help you knit the projects from the book. These sections are not included in digital versions of the patterns.

Ways to Get The Red Collection

For the best price per pattern, please consider purchasing the complete collection of patterns. The digital versions of the patterns are available for instant download (click the links below for more details).

The Red Collection: Print Edition – $20 + shipping
The Red Collection: Print Edition + Complete Digital Pattern Pack – $23 + shipping
The Red Collection: Complete Digital Pattern Pack – $20
Single Pattern or 2-Pattern Pack – from $6

Just want Mallory? Use these links:

mallory pack mallory hat mallory mitts
Pattern Pack: $9 Mallory Hat: $6 Mallory Mitts: $6

We’ll get to the rest of The Red Collection soon!

my own patterns

I like my own patterns. It’s true! I’m really proud of them all and even though there’s only a few, I like to call it my collection of patterns.

Anyway, I’ve been knitting one of my own patterns the past few days.

Zigzag Mitts

Zigzag Mitts. They are officially named Zigzag Study Hall: Fingerless Mitts. Sometimes I kick myself for giving them such a mouthful of a name but what can you do? I will keep the name and call them Zigzag Mitts in my head.

As I knit them I also thought about all the things I would do differently if I were designing them now. Might make things more complex…add a few more garter stitch ridges…play with the cast on…

But I really do think they’re great and I’m pleased with my design from so long ago, even if I would do things differently now.

I borrowed Cindy’s hands for a photo shoot yesterday. Being a designer, she knows that it takes a couple hundred pictures to get one or two shots that are “pattern worthy.” We got the shots I was looking for.

Zigzag Mitts

Zigzag Mitts

The yarn is Reynolds Whiskey and you could probably get two pairs out of two balls if you switch the MC with the CC for the second pair.

Announcement time!

I have updated all my pattern pages so that you can “buy now” or “add to cart” for all the for-sale patterns. You need not worry about being a Ravelry member or being logged into your Ravelry account to make your purchase.

Additionally, free downloads are available to everyone (whereas before they were only free to Ravelry members). So if you don’t have a Ravelry account, fear not! Just click on the pattern in the sidebar over there and you will go to the pattern page.  At the bottom of the pattern page is a  “free Ravelry download” button that will take you directly to the PDF without having the sign into Ravelry.

I hope all these little behind-the-scenes changes make it easier for you! Let me know if anything doesn’t work – I’ve tested my links like crazy, but something could have slipped through the cracks.

Facebook, anyone?

If I’m not on Ravelry, then I’m most definitely on Facebook. Are you?  I decided that it was about time to start a Fan Page for zigzagstitch! Part of me thinks that it’s just silly, but I did it anyway! If you would like to become a fan, there’s a widget in the side bar, or you can click this link. As of press time, most of my fans are related to me and I would like to change that. And if you’re in a “become a fan” mood, why not become a fan of paper plates? I did.