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Warm Woolen Mittens!

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This is the first in my Christmas Carol Critters series of patterns – Warm Woolen Mittens!!

Each pattern in this series will be based on one of my favourite Christmas Carols or stories.  Although not officially a Christmas Carol, “My Favourite Things” from “Sound of Music” has become very popular as a holiday song in recent years. I am a long-time fan of both the movie and the song, so I just had to include it in this series!

These little mice in their warm woolen mittens would make lovely child-friendly Christmas ornaments or even mini stockings!  Just imagine waking up to this little friend hanging by your bed or on your tree with his mitten full of tiny treats!

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Partridges pinching Pears!

I am so happy to announce that I have completed the 1st pattern in the 12 Days of Christmas series, Partridge in a Pear Tree!

These little guys are not actually in a pear tree but they have been having a grand old time pinching all the pears they could find!

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The pattern is now available in my Ravelry & Etsy stores!

I have also added my Slip Stitch Mosaic Hat pattern:

& my newest hat pattern which also includes the matching wrist warmers:

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All in all, a very productive day!

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Flower Mittens Pattern!

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Just completed my next pattern for sale on my Ravelry and Etsy stores!  I love how well these mittens fit and because they are knit on a smaller needle size, the close, compact stitches really help keep out the cold.  The flower motifs add a small reminder that spring is just around the corner 🙂

Tips & Tutorials

I-Cord Tutorial

A knitted i-cord can be used in a variety of ways and is a very easy technique to learn.

Using two double pointed needles, cast on the number of stitches required (usually from 3 to 5 stitches). In the example below, there are a total of 3 stitches.

Knit across the stitches, then, instead of turning the work, slip the stitches to the other end of the double pointed needle, keeping the right side facing.

Carry the yarn at the back of the work and pull tight at the end of each row by pulling the working yarn and the tail at the cast on edge at the same time, being careful not to pull too hard as this may result in breaking the yarn.

Continue knitting in this manner until the desired length is reached. Cast off as usual or cut the yarn and draw through the stitches tightly.

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Tips & Tutorials

Twisted Rib Tutorial

Although a regular rib works perfectly well, I prefer a twisted rib as I feel that it gives a neater finish. It is very easy to do, just one small change:

Instead of knitting into the front of your knit stitches:

You knit into the back:

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