Tuesday, February 02, 2016

New Pattern: Purlish Mitts

New pattern for a new month: my colorwork mitts called Purlish are ready for you to knit!

Pattern: Purlish, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: 240-yard mini skein set from Pigeonroof Studios, in the Sahara Desert colorway

They're on sale 25% off in my Ravelry pattern store through Friday, February 5, with the coupon code PURLISH. They're also included in Simple Colorwork, an ebook that offers both the Purlish Mitts and my Rowhouse Hat for just $8.00.


While the Purlish Mitts may look complicated, they're really not—if you've knit socks or any other project in the round on double-pointed needles, you should have no trouble with this pattern. The stitches are just knits and purls, and the colorwork is quite simple. The pattern provides instructions for two sizes and includes helpful print and online resources for knitters new to stranded colorwork.


These mitts offer a great way to use fingering-weight gradient sets like those from Pigeonroof Studios to maximum effect. My challenge in designing them was to devise a sequence that wouldn't use more than 40 yards of any of the six colors and that flowed attractively from one color to the next.. It took a couple of tries for me to settle on a sequence I really liked, but before long it all came together. 


If you want to substitute yarns from your stash, that's no problem. The pattern provides the weights/yardage you'll need for each of the six colors. They'll look as good in bright colors as they do in neutrals. Here's a pair knit in the Bloody Mary colorway from Pigeonroof Studios (aptly named, don't you think?):

Purlish Mitts, by Bonnie Sennott

Big thanks to speedy knitter Heather (afeistyknitter on Ravelry) for knitting up the Bloody Mary sample, to my sister Jenny for her careful tech editing, and to my sister Betsey for her inspired modeling. I really loved this Bowie/Heroes-inspired pose she struck during our photo shoot:

Forgive my enthusiasm ... just have to share one more Purlish photo. I loved this Bowie-inspired pose struck by @samediff during our photo shoot. #bluepeninsula #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #knitmitts

Thank you very much for reading!


Lee said...

Bought the pattern! One question--which base of the Pidgeonroof did you use?


Bonnie said...

Thanks, Lee! The brown mitts were knit with the High Twist base and the red ones with the American Sock base. They're both nice yarns. The American Sock is a tiny bit softer and smoother. The High Twist has slightly crisper stitch definition - it seems like the purls "pop" just a bit more in the brown pair. But that might also be because of the difference in color.