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Northanger Abbey Mittens

Northanger Abbey Mittens

If you purchased a copy of the most recent Jane Austen Knits issue (or have been reading this blog) you may have noticed this wonderful mitten pattern by Celeste!  The Northanger Abbey Mittens appeal to a wide audience, work up quickly in worsted/aran weight yarn, and keep fingers and wrists nice and toasty.  I’ve already knit a pair!


Bella’s Mittens in Peruvia Quick

Another incredibly popular mitten pattern here at the store has been Bella’s Mittens by Subliminal Rabbit.  The long cuff and easy cable make for a fun project, and the chunky yarn makes this a quick knit — perfect for those last-minute gifts!  Choose your own adventure and work these on double-points or magic loop.

More great mittens online:
Gifted – Mittens made flat and seamed, chunky weight – knit
Herringbone Mittens with Poms – colorwork mittens in worsted, classic fabric – knit
Chunky Mittens and Scarf
– quick, chunky – crochet
Mrs. Murdock’s Mittens – nice basic mitten in three sizes, worsted wt – crochet

Fingerless mitts keep your fingers free for typing, driving, and texting your mom about knitting stuff (hi Mom!).  These are some of the most popular patterns online right now!
Fetching – one of knitty.com’s most popular patterns, easy cable detail – knit
Knucks – mittens with “cutoff” fingers – knit
Basic Fingerless Mitts – basic, pretty, shaped thumb – crochet
Striped Wristlets– play with colors, fun for scrap yarns – crochet

Last year, my gift of choice was cowls.  Long and loose or cozy and close-fitting, there’s one in every style for my family and friends.  Check out these patterns for quick, popular, fashionable cowls:

Basic Cowl – our own basic garter stitch cowl in chunky – knit
The GAP-tastic cowl – a sensation on Ravelry, seed stitch, super bulky – knit
Chicadee Cowl – linen stitch, wonderful use of variegated yarn – knit
Convertible Cowl – easy to customize, cozy, bulky weight – crochet
The Black Hole Cowl – bulky, simple, button detail – crochet

And last but not least, some patterns by Celeste — available in print and download!
The Snowflake Cowl -knit quick colorwork in chunky yarn, from Knitted Gifts 2012
The Snowdrift Cowl – knit feather and fan with contrasting color detail, Ravelry download or in print at Sage
The Borderland Cowl – knit, slipped stitch pattern along the edges, Ravelry download or in print at Sage
The Fantasia Cowl – knit with ruching, aran-chunky, Ravelry download


Borderland Cowl


Snowdrift Cowl