plain jhaynes

while i always keep our customers’ tastes in mind when making choices to add to our pattern catalog, i rarely (if ever) design anything i wouldn’t wear myself. and most of my designs begin as a desire for something specific—i wish i had a sweater that flared like so, or i wish i had an earwarmer, or i need a skirt i can ride my bike in.

i’ve been telling myself i need a pair of super-lightweight fingerless mitts for several years at least—they’d be the perfect layering piece to warm my hands when they spend hours on the keyboard.

something fine and plain with a good fit; nuthin’ fancy needed.
and finally—finally—i have knit them (and quickly too).

and i even wrote up the pattern, because so many people made a point to tell me how much they’ve been wanting this very thing for themselves.

well, i couldn’t say no, could i??

there is, indeed, the plainest of plain versions—this one is all about the yarn and a simple, uncluttered line—go ahead and use that trophy yarn you’ve been hanging on to; i can’t think of a better recipient for it than you.

or, if a little bit of interest keeps the project moving better for you, we have two simple variations to add some fully-fashioned detailing

a few lines of faggoting along the back of the hand or

a bit of zig-zag twist stitching for an even more subtle touch.

oh, and did i mention that there are four sizes to choose from?
yes, one for everybody, i think.

shown above in fearless fibers laceweight BFL and silk in colorway melliflous green. our friend deb has just replenished her supply of this yarn base and will be restocking as soon as she can get it dyed up.

shown below in fiber isle kami bison, an absolutely heavenly blend of merino/bamboo/bison—to die for. like i said before—go for the luxury, especially if you’ve been hoarding something great

your hands won’t know what hit them. equally luscious is the louet mooi lace or the fibre-isle magique, from the same producers.

these bison blends are a little hard to get hold of, but still available here and there; i highly recommend the splurge if you do find yourself face to face with these yarns.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase pattern in our ravelry shop.

many thanks to my dear friend deb for sending me this lively green yarn back in the winter months; i’ve kept my eye on this skein through the grayest of days and now that spring has arrived at last, i have the perfect mitts to celebrate the season. deb has many other beautiful offerings in her etsy shop; i included her laceweight merino on the suggested list for this project as well—go take a look!

and of course, thank you dear david for some terrific eleventh-hour pictures; what would we do without you to show us the good side of every project?

18 Responses to “plain jhaynes”

  1. Truly Myrtle says:

    Love them. Just the thing I’ve been after for ages…. :)
    and the photos are brilliant, again! X

  2. stashdragon says:

    Perhaps this is the destiny of the laceweight qiviut that I won at Stitches a few years back! One precious ball, 220 yards of 100% qiviut. . .

  3. Sheryl says:

    These are just perfect, and I think I’ll be casting on this afternoon . . .Did I hear you mention a skirt??!!!

  4. Ann says:

    Yummy, yum, yum!!!

  5. Jody says:

    Very nice! I knit a pair of your Orchid Lace mitts out of a laceweight buffalo blend, and they are so cozy. These would knit up so quickly too-a nice (mostly) mindless project. Hmm…I have some Qiviut too, stashdragon, now there’s a thought.

  6. Sandy W says:

    I love your new pattern. I’ve been working at home lately and we keep the thermostat somewhat low to save $$$. These mitts will be great for warmth, but not bulk. Time to get the pattern. Thanks!

  7. Robby says:

    Perfect! Thank you. Just in time for travel knitting, and just the thing. They’ll take up hardly any space and maybe they’ll be done to keep me warm on the plane ride home.

  8. Liz in Missouri says:

    Yup! Gorgeous! I have just the right yarn for these. Perfect for my travel project – the one that’s always with me in my handbag. It will be a nice change from socks.

  9. Mary G. says:

    I’ve decided to knit solely from stash this year, and to knit more gifts, too. I have LOTS of fingering and laceweight yarn (and some lovely stuff from Fearless Fibers, too!) so I can really see this pattern in my future. Hey, if I am not buying yarn, I can still buy patterns, right?

  10. Ann says:

    Gorgeous & I love the addition of the different stitch patterns.

  11. Lara says:

    These look perfect to wear when using my lap top. It’s metal hand rest is always too cold for comfort!

  12. Nathanne says:

    Thank you so much for designing mitts that use laceweight yarn. I’ve been eagerly waiting for you to publish the pattern ever since you first showed pictures of it at the beginning stages. It’s wonderful!

  13. Kim says:

    Oh, I love em Anne!!! Nice and simple and perfect!!! I think I want to make ME a pair! I think I might be able to cough up a skein or two that would work!!

  14. josiekitten says:

    Perfectly elegant!

  15. Kim says:

    I LOVE the green ones!

  16. Brandi says:

    I love the green ones as well the yarn is just like spring. Great pics!

  17. Hattie says:

    Love them, especially in that green!

  18. Bonnie Clark says:

    LOVE!!!Totally my style. SImple yet abundant.