When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Fingerless Mitts!


Quince & Co. created a pattern for the darlingest little baby booties. They’re called the Baby Duck Booties, and they look like the iconic LL Bean Boots. We’ve kitted up the required yarn and pattern in a handy little package so that you too can make your favorite wee one a pair. That perfect rich, reddish brown reminiscent of gingerbread is in fact a shade of Chickadee called  Gingerbread. Don’t you just want to take a bite? No – that’s just me?


The offending shade of brown.

The other day, we made an oops. While merrily putting together these kits, we unwound a skein of the wrong shade of brown. We plucked “bark” off the shelf rather than “gingerbread”, and it just wasn’t going to do. And once your skein is chopped in half and wound into cakes, we can’t take it back. I’m sorry. No exceptions – not even for ourselves.

We wallowed in the loss of this precious yarn for about 30 seconds before we hit upon a plan. We would simply have to make it into fingerless mitts. One skein is the perfect amount for fingerless mitts. Brown is even a nice color that anyone could wear on their hands. It doesn’t show dirt and it matches almost every outfit!

Chickadee is a smooth, tightly spun yarn with good stitch definition. It’s perfectly suited to a pair of mitts with some texture. Jennifer and I prowled Ravelry for just the right pattern, clicking through pages and pages, checking out the patterns, reviews, project photos. Ravelry is like a black hole. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for. The problem is that it’s also easy to find what you’re not looking for, and to get hopelessly distracted by it, and to second-guess your plans. That one, no, that one, no, that one!

I had the Fallberry Mitts up on my computer screen, and had just about settled on it. I knew I’d have enough yardage; reviews and example project photos were abundant; the pattern was published originally on Knitty, a popular favorite e-mag

And right then, a customer walked into the store wearing a pair of instantly recognizable Fallberry Mitts! Strangely, she was less excited by this extraordinary coincidence than I was, but I didn’t let it dull my enthusiasm. It was evidently a sign from the universe that I’d found the right pattern. I even had the right-sized needles with me in my knitting bag, albeit engaged in the middle of another project. 

But I was on a roll, ready to make lemonade, I mean fingerless mitts, so I took them right out and cast on for my first mitt. I must say, this pattern was delightful to knit, easy to follow and easy to memorize. I’m working on mitt number two, but mitt number one was done in two days. I’m giving Chickadee from Quince & Co. and the Fallberry Mitts pattern by Anne Hanson two thumbs up.


Next, I’ll be getting back to this luxuriously soft, fuzzy experiment which had its needles ruthlessly removed the other day: a pair of gloves in Herriot, a 100% baby alpaca yarn. I make a lot of fingerless mitts, indeed, but fingered mitts are a new adventure for me. I thought they would be especially warm and nice worn underneath the fingerless mitts I made last week. We’ll see how it goes!




Written by Lauren Chesis

Lauren Chesis

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