Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Pattern: Niffler's Delight Mittens

Hi, my name is Emily, and I'm a Harry Potter addict. But you knew that. Everybody knows that.

This pattern idea kicked around in my head for probably a year before I did anything about it. I don't know why; usually I just go for whatever's in my head. A couple months back I came across a yarn support offer for the Kangaroo Dyer's yarns that was being spearheaded by my invisible internet friend Emma Welford, a fellow Harry Potter freak. I knew that she'd go for the design, and one of the yarns offered was PERfect for my idea, so I wrote up a proposal, sent it off, got the yarn, and fulfilled my Harry Potter mitten dreams.

These are the Niffler's Delight Mittens. For those unfamiliar, a Niffler is a fluffy, mythical Harry Potter-land creature with a long snout. Nifflers are drawn to sparkly things, like gold coins, and can often be found in mines. They make terrible house pets because they have a bad habit of tearing up a house in the search for something shiny. So what do Nifflers like? Sparkly gold coins. What are these mittens? Sparkly, gold, and covered in coin cables. A Niffler's delight! (Cue Harry Potter groan, it's fine, I'm a super nerd.)

Mittens knitted from sock yarn is my new favorite thing. They're great for warmer climates where you don't need big heavy mittens, they have a lot more stitches, so it's easier to make intricate designs, and sock yarn is just lovely to knit with. I love sock yarn.

Niffler's Delight Mittens

Sizes: Women's S, Women's M
Finished hand circumference: 7.5 (8) inches

Yarn: Kangaroo Dyer Poet Seat Glitter; 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Metallic, 438 yards; Color: Papaya or about 50 grams of fingering weight yarn

Skills Needed: i-cord and backwards loop cast ons, cabling, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, basic decreases, M1 increases

$4 on Ravelry, no account needed...but they will be 25% off until November 30th! No coupon code needed.

1 comment:

  1. Harry Potter nerd here, too, and I need those mittens. The fact that my current mittens just got a small hole is just proof that the universe is telling me to knit them.