So, I was looking for a way to jazz up a hand-knit gift for my mother-in-law, and the end result was a brand new colorwork pattern that is both a quick knit and the perfect all-occasion accessory!
Meet the Inverse Mitts, a stranded colorwork pattern that is worked up in my new hand-dyed yarn base, Sporty Sheep. These gloves, which can be knit for pre-teens, teens, and women alike, have an easy repeating hand and palm pattern. You will need less than 200 yards, combined, to work up a pair. The vertical striping pattern of the palm also gives it greater durability, density, and warmth over the traditional color work glove/mitten pattern. The thumb is worked as an afterthought thumb, which is one of the easiest ways to work a thumb, I think. It took me about a day and a half in my spare time to work up the pair that is pictured, so even if you are a cautious knitter, this pattern is a great option for last-minute holiday knitting and gift giving.
And just a note about the yarn used for this pattern: Sporty sheep is a round, 3-ply, superwash Merino of amazing squishiness and softness. The elasticity of this yarn is fabulous! The hand-dyed quality of the yarn is perfect for contemporary colorwork and non-colorwork patterns, alike. I like it for baby items and cowls, as well as mittens and gloves.
The Inverse Mitts pattern is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, and the Cedar Hill Farm Company online shop as a downloadable PDF knitting pattern.