Olympic mittens


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:

O Canada mittens, designed for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games
O Canada mittens, designed for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

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:

Fingerless mitts, based on my pattern!
I love them!

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.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Elaine Dale says:

    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.

    1. VickyTH says:

      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!

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