Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Simple, quick, easy crochet mittens

Autumnal equinox is coming!
Here in the northern hemisphere the sun will soon cross the celestial equator and move south, taking the warmth and long daylight hours with it!


Sunset, Tankerton Slopes, Kent

However, before the coming of the winter darkness, the autumnal equinox which occurs about 22/23rd September also heralds the time of the harvest moon, which is the full moon closest to this date, and that is happening right now... today is Sept 12 and it's full moon!   OMG... I am going out right now to see if the night is clear of clouds to get a photo... Oh yes here it is a photo of the harvest moon... shame I didn't think of it before now (it is 9.30pm)... anyway I have a photo for you... oh and I did get one yesterday as well taken a bit earlier in the evening... but today is the moon that counts...

Harvest Moon, Sept 12, 2011

Harvest Moon, Sept 11, 2011

Wow, how exciting... you would not believe how often the full moon is obscured by clouds here... so, of course I get very excited when I can actually get to view the full moon... WOW, I seem to have gone right off track here... where is the crochet stuff?

Well, all this moon stuff started with thinking about the coming of cooler autumn days, and how it is now a good time to start those projects for some simple and quick fingerless mittens... and I have a collection of new patterns coming soon...  just need to tear myself away from the actual crocheting and set myself down, and put the words into the computer, so I can release the patterns...


OK - here is the list of new patterns coming soon...

Crochet Mobius "Tweedie"
This is another one of my "It's a man thing!" pattern. A simply perfect short crochet mobius with cluster texture pattern and matching fingerless mittens.  Made with Sirdar "Tweedie" Chunky.  However, I am looking for a substitute yarn because I just don't like the feel of this yarn.  So, this pattern may take a bit longer before it is released.

Crochet Fingerless Mittens "Lilac"
This lovely pair of mittens with accompanying headband can be made with Bendigo 8ply Cotton or any similar 8ply or DK yarn.

The pattern has a ribbed texture and complimented with a simple contrast edge and two buttons.

The crochet headband is worked using the famous "mobius" style with some surprise features.

Crochet Fingerless Mittens "Country"
This is my "It's a man thing!" pattern - my husband will be the first recipient of these mittens.  Robust and manly, made with Patons "Wool Blend Aran".

Crochet Fingerless Mittens "Loopy"
This is a simple, delicate crochet mitten pattern with optional thumb section and  made with Patons Diploma Gold 4ply.  Perfect for evening and autumn wear.

Crochet Fingerless Mittens "Shells"
This is a revised version of my very early pattern Crochet Mittens Aran (which by the way is NO longer available).  I have totally rewritten the pattern and improved the instructions and thrown out the bits I no longer like.  So basically you could say it's a brand new pattern.  Made with Sirdar "Balmoral" and yes this yarn is now discontinued... so before I release the pattern will find a substitute yarn.  Maybe rewrite it for Aran yarn or similar.

For your information: all my fingerless mitten patterns are crochet in the round, starting at the cuff, no seams to sew and some have an optional thumb section.  You can wear the mittens on either hand, the pattern is the same for both left and right mittens.  "Simply perfect".....

OK, so that will keep me busy for the next few days.  So, close to finalization, but not quite there yet, pattern checking is a time consuming process.

That's all for now, folks!
Ciao, Ciao!








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