Hiawassee Handwarmers From The Needle Nook - Day 1 | Author Allie Pleiter

Hiawassee Handwarmers from The Needle Nook - Day 1

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There’s something about fingerless mitts that strikes at the very heart of why I knit.  They feel artistic and just a bit funky–especially in a soft, undulating color like this Malabrigo Arroyo provides.  

Thick and chunky mitts are warm and cozy, but the more delicate ones like these have a vintage, almost steampunk feel to them that makes me feel so very cool for wearing them.  Even my slightly pudgy, suburban mom self can manage a bit of panache with these tipping my sleeves.  For once, just once, I can feel as if I might out-cool the barista pulling my latest late.  Might.  No matter how winsome my wristwear, I doubt my sensible shoes will ever out-cool anyone at the coffee bar. (But hey, I bet my feet hurt less than theirs!)

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Knowing my propensity for second sock syndrome–that paralyzing response that prevents knitters from crafting the second sock of any given pair–I opted to modify Arlene’s instructions and cast these on with the two on one circ method.  Tricky at first, but definitely worth it.  Because cables are involved, I read the pattern completely through (always a good idea but a step I too often skip), did a few calculations, and divided my circs with needle 1 on one side and needles 2 & 3 on the other.   The stretchy nature of the ribbing handles this unequal distribution beautifully.

I love the color and the texture. It’s a great start to a lovely accessory.

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