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Passport Mitts

The Passport Mitts are a fun, quick knit, perfect for your February knitting!

Find the pattern here: Passport Mitts

Happy knitting!


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Element5 Digital

Light pink mitts and photo by Ravelry user cascott.  White mitts and photo by Ravelry user maashrink.  Used by permission.

Posted in colorwork, knitting, knitting patterns, pattern, PepperMitts


Dear Knitters,

I’m thrilled to share my latest pattern with you: PepperMitts.


PepperMitts are knit in worsted weight yarn on size 5 and 6 needles, so they work up very quickly. The colorwork repeat over four stitches and four rows is easy to memorize.

The pattern is written for three sizes with the following circumference at widest part of hand (above thumb gusset) for each size:
Small: 6 3/4 in.
Medium: 7 1/4 in.
Large: 8 in.

Length measures about 8 1/4 in. for Small and Medium, and about 9 in. for Large.

Pattern includes both written and charted instructions, and both are used together.


I’m so looking forward to wearing mine during the Christmas season. I am also going to make a pair in a wintry, pale blue and white. I can’t wait until the yarn arrives!

Here you can see the mitt made with all the ribbed sections in red:


The pattern will be on special for the entire month of November. Follow this link for 25% off the usual price of $4.00.  No coupon code is necessary.

Thank you to Main Street Designs in Jackson, California, for letting me use their beautiful shop to stage the mitts. It’s a lovely shop and definitely worth a stop if you are ever in the California Gold Country!

Many thanks also to amazing tech editor Tabitha (Tabitha’s Heart ), who always makes my patterns better!

I also am very grateful for test knitters who are willing to work through my patterns to find errors and to find places where I can clarify my instructions. I’m sending out a huge thank you to my friends Meg, Jen and Heather who tested this pattern – they did a bang-up job! Jen came up with the pattern name, too, and I think it’s perfect!!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and spend a few minutes with me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


knit equals joy

Posted in knitting, knitting patterns, Ravelry

Passport Mitts Knitalong Wrap-up, and Something New

Melanie's Passport MittsWe wrapped up the Passport Mitts Knitalong (KAL) in my Ravelry group last month. We had a lovely time, with over 900 posts in the knitalong thread (meaning we’re chatty) and 13 finished pairs of mitts during the six weeks of the KAL.  You can see all the lovely mitts as well as the prizes that were won here, in the FO (finished object) thread.  I hope you’ll hop over there and take a look.

Here are some of the beautiful mitts, photos used by permission.  Each of these knitters does beautiful work!

Joyce made two pairs, one for her daughter and another for herself, using Berroco Folio.  She took a couple of pictures at the family farm:

Joyce's MItts 2 (3)

Joyce's Mitts (2)

I love this photo Heather took of mitts she was making with Lorna’s Laces Honor, in the colorway Gobsmacked (how perfect is that for a colorway name???):

Heather's - Lorna's Laces (2)

Meg used Rowan Felted Tweed DK, in the colorway Scree.  I also used Rowan Felted Tweed for my mitts, and loved the lightweight yet warm fabric it created:

Meg's Felted Tweed

Blue was a popular color for these mitts, and the other major contender was orange.  Jen made beautiful mitts in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in the colorway Candied Yam, perfect for these pictures she took around Thanksgiving:

Jen's, with Acorn  Jen's, Palm

Alex made mitts in both of the popular choices, being the top finisher with three completed pairs of mitts!  She made two pairs in Ella Rae Lace Merino DK in Orange and a pair in Classic Elite Yarns Inca Alpaca in the Navy Heather colorway.

Alex's Orange 2 Alex's - Orange

Alex's blue (2)

Melanie made this stunning pair of mitts using Lion Brand LB Collection in White.  It is amazing how white and natural yarns make cables pop.  She bound off in pattern, which makes the top edge look like pearls.  It’s not written that way in the pattern. but it is a wonderful modification.

Melanie's, foliage

Melanie, with SBUX cup

Melanie wrote the following when she posted her finished mitts, and allowed me to share it here:

I completely love these mitts. Carol, this pattern is so classy and tasteful and beautifully written! I used Lion Brand 100% superwashmerino that I can only order from their online store. I ordered quite a bit of it several years ago, so this beautiful pair was knit from stash. The yarn shows awesome stitch definition, which is a perfect match for these mitts. The only problem I have is that I decided to make these for a friend… And now I want to keep them. yum

Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  Your work is lovely and inspiring!


As a follow-up, my friends Leanne and Martha requested a hat pattern to go along with the Passport Mitts.  We are currently testing the Wayfarer Hat, and the pattern will be available soon.  The hat is written with the option to make it as a close-fitting beanie or to modify it for a slouchier fit.  Stay tuned!

Wayfarer Hat 3  Wayfarer hat (2)

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Posted in Photo Challenge, photography

Camera Lucida: Garden Treasure

I don’t think it is any secret that I do not have the gardener’s gift. I don’t have the patience, nor the memory (!), to be a good caretaker of plants.

So when I designed this pattern, Topiary Fingerless Mitts, I found the solution to my problem. A garden is a thing of beauty, and this one is a joy forever. This is where the trees are never harmed by winter, drought or neglect; where the leaves are always green and the jonquils are always in bloom.

This week’s theme: Garden Treasure

  1. a piece of ground adjoining a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables
  2. a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.

This week your challenge is to share what is your garden treasure…it is your beautiful and personalised box of gardening utensils…maybe your secret corner of heaven…a rare flower that makes you proud…your dirty boots and gloves…

What is your garden treasure…how does your garden reflect you?

Share this week a piece of you…maybe a little secret that you’ve kept hidden behind a beautiful evergreen pot:)

Camera Lucida: Garden Treasure

Posted in knitting, knitting patterns, Metolius River, Metolius River Mitts, Oregon

Metolius – the River and the Mitt

This week my sisters and I took a short jaunt to the Metolius River.  It is a stunning, beautiful river.  We were surprised at the volume of water rushing by, and the fall colors were glorious.  I can’t wait to go back sometime and explore the area more fully.

beautiful river

with river sign        Sign

The surrounding area was quiet and peaceful.  It would be a great place to knit!  Not to mention fish, bike, hike, read…


I love how the sunlight filters through the water.

river overview

And these are the Metolius River Mitts:

gold mitt natural background

They are so named as this colorway with its beautiful blues, greens, ginger, gold and browns made me think of sunlight filtering through water to the river rock below:

Metolius River Mitts

Finally, here they are worked in yet another colorway, Rusted.  This picture was taken before the thumb was completed.

Rusted 2

This pattern is one of my favorites because it looks great in a variety of sock yarns and works up quickly on size 5 needles.  If you are looking for a pattern for a special skein of sock yarn, this could be it.

Thanks for joining me in this look at the Metolius – the river and the mitts!