Fair Isle Frost…

As the frost sets in for a solid Boston winter, it also posed the perfect opportunity to knit up a pair of mittens to fend off the frost.

Immediately after seeing the Quo Vadis fair isle mittens by Spilly Jane, I had to have a pair (or a couple) for friends, family, and maybe even myself when we get right down to it. The pair pictured above is the first in this endeavor; I’ve already completed another mitten and half of its other half in a different colorway.

And I couldn’t be more pleased.

Spilly Jane’s pattern is clear and the chart is easy to read. You can create any combination of colors to make each pair of these mittens stand on its own, and the sizing is just perfect for my hands, so I have zero complaints. Plus, the pattern is offered up as a free Ravelry download, so there are absolutely no excuses to not making this very set of warmers.

Plus, fair isle knitting is particularly great for mittens; it creates an added layer of padding in the mitten without necessarily having to knit an “inner mitt”, and in my humble opinion, that makes me quite excited.

This winter I intend to break all Kraftwork records and make as many Fair Isle style mittens as possible. You can track my progess on the endeavor at its very own Flickr set.

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