FO: Rave Mitts

On Monday, it was extremely windy and rainy here. I took the dogs out for a walk at lunchtime and found that my hands were chilly holding their leashes and the dog bags. I got it in my head that I needed to make some fingerless mittens for myself — again (I can’t seem to find my mismatched ones!).

In addition, this weekend the Sounders FC take on the LA Galaxy in the first round of the MLS playoffs. What better way for me to cheer them on than with mitts that are sort-of rave green!

mitts and coffee

I pulled out my Quince and Co. Chickadee in Snap Pea and wound it, guessing that I could make 50g of sportweight yarn work. I knew I wanted to make Susie’s Reading Mitts, a free pattern provided by Dancing Ewe Yarns (pattern PDF linked here; ravelry pattern page). It’s a simple pattern but I love the little details.

tidy thumb gusset

The pattern specifies a DK weight yarn, I used a sportweight yarn on US3 needle and knit the medium, hoping my typically loose gauge would give me something the appropriate size.

rave mitts
rave mitts

I knit the first mitt minus the thumb and weighed the remaining yarn, scared that I was going to run out of yarn. 25g remaining… shoot. Then I weighed the mitt I had knit and it was 22g without the thumb. I guess it must be dry in my house as this was a 50g ball! But it was good for me, because it meant I had enough yarn to knit the second mitt and both thumbs.

rave mitts

I had a few yards remaining after I finished both thumbs — quite a good use of the yarn if I say so myself. I love the smoothness of the Chickadee — it knit up evenly and I think works well for this pattern.

I did knit up the cast on edge rather than seam it up for the picot cuff — I find that easier than seaming.

Overall they turned out nice and tidy and warm. Perfect!

[my ravelry project page]

10 Comments so far

  1. Marlena on October 30th, 2010

    I love how these came out! They’re at the very top of my Rav queue right now.

  2. Holly Jo on October 30th, 2010

    Love them! I like how you called the thumb gusset tidy. Perfect description. :) I always think the rainy PNW is the ideal climate for fingerless mitts.

  3. Rae on October 30th, 2010

    Let’s Go Sounders !!! I have been thinking about making myself some mitts lately especially with the weather changing as fast as it has been.

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  5. Larissa on August 24th, 2011


    I REALLY love this pattern, but REALLY do!!! But I cannot find it anywhere, the webpage linked to ravelry is not working. Would you please send it to my e-mail?
    Many thanks!

  6. Lauren on December 13th, 2011

    I, like Larissa, have been trying to find this pattern but it is nowhere to be found. Could you email me the pattern? THANK YOU!

  7. Jill on December 14th, 2011

    Hi -

    I started this pattern about a year ago and never finished them (too busy knitting for other people!!)

    I can’t find my copy and, now that I can’t find it online either, I was hoping you could send me the pdf?

    Love the colour you picked!

  8. Rita on December 15th, 2011


    Been trying to track down this pattern for a while.
    Would it be possible for you to email it to me. Many Thanks!

  9. Alexandra on December 16th, 2011

    I love these mitts but the pattern is not on Ravelry or Dancing Ewes website and I cannot find the pattern anywhere. I thought that I had downloaded it but it seems i only *thought* I did… :(

    Can you help me please? Please reply to my email.


  10. Faith h on December 30th, 2011

    I also would appreciate the pattern to susie’s mitts- bought the yarn, excited to make, and cannot find anywhere else!