A New Mitten Pattern

When I taught at River City Yarns in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in October, they showed me an exclusive line of yarns called Hat Trick.  Named for cities and states across North America, this yarn is custom-dyed to reflect the hockey teams in those cities and states. The yarn is 80% superwash merino/20% nylon and comes in generous 150-gram (510 meters [557 yards]) skeins.

Of course, I had to take a ball in their newest colorway “Colorado” in honor of Colorado Avalanche. For something a little different, I decided to mix the Hat Trick with Rowen Kidsilk Haze (70% mohair/30% silk) for a dense and warm mitten. For added warmth and luxury, I decided to line the mitten with Rowan Finest (50% wool/20% cashmere/30% alpaca).

Blocking MittensIn this case, touching is believing and you’ve got to feel how thick, warm, and delightful they are with the lining is folded inside the outer mitten.

Finished MittensI finished these mittens and wrote the instructions (for 5 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/2″, and 8 1/2″ hand circumferences) during a cold spell when arctic air blasted through Colorado, and I was hard-pressed not to send them River City Yarns for tech editing, photography, pattern layout, and official name.

The pattern will be available exclusively from River City Yarns soon. I’ll let you know when it’s ready for sale!