Two years ago, Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and I designed a mitten pattern. I designed it because the Olympic mittens that were all the rage (red, with white rings on the back) and made by The Bay were almost impossible to get and silly-expensive.
So I made up this pattern:
And people liked it. Over nine hundred people liked it and over seven hundred of them downloaded the free pattern. It was a little astonishing, frankly.
Then I more or less forgot about the mitten pattern. People knit variations of it, some with the long format and others with the modification that I made for shorter hands. It was nice to see people use it.
The other day I chanced to poke in and see who had made what with the pattern and spotted this marvellous variation:
I think I like these better than my original pattern. In fact, I fully intend to make myself a pair, with flaps to fold over the fingertips, for cold days of photographic discovery.
So effectively I’m going to make a modification to a modification of a pattern that I made in response to another pattern.
Craft and its makers never cease to amaze me.
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Love your mittens and the subsequent homage. Please post a photo of the glittens if you make them. I’m not a knitter but I appreciate a good stitch – I still have the last pair of diamond pattern mittens my grandmother made for me in the late 70s.
Will do! I just need to find some time to get at them. This current project is gobbling up any creative time I might have. Can’t wait to actually get back to MAKING things!