Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Texting mitts and Qiviut Yarn Giveaway for June 2013

This Months gorgeous little selection 226 grams of yarns spun into 2, 3, 4 ply some pure qiviut, some blended and some white pure cashmere.

We have been very busy lately working on qiviut knitwear building stock for the coming Fall season and with lots of my own projects too...... there's just not enough hours in the day !

When out and about on my travels quite a few customers have asked for the Texting mitt pattern with the picot edge and leafy cuff. The mitts take about 45 grams of yarn so this little lot above could make 5 pairs.

Who would you knit them for ?

Leave your entry in the comments section, 1 winner drawn at random.
RUNS FROM 18- JUNE 2013 TO 30 th JUNE 2013.
open to knitters world wide.

The pair shown above is knit from 100% magical qiviut in Raspberry and natural.
I used 2 strands of 2ply held together and our 3ply for the natural leafy border cuff.
Total 44 grams- 260 yards.

To Knit The Texting Mitts You will need:

 any of the 2ply lace yarns shown above,(knit 2 strands tog)
1pair of 3.5mm-US SIZE 4 straight needles,
1 set of 3.5mm- US SIZE 4 D.P.N's
3 st markers.
Wool needle.

TENSION: 7sts = 1'' inch
8 rows = 1'' inch
I knit very loose so you may have to go to a 4mm if you consider yourself a tight/firm knitter !

With 3.5mm begin to knit the mitt. 
Cast on 44 sts, join to work in the rnd, pm, and knit 24 rnds.


1: k19, pm, m1, k1, m1, k1, pm, k to end.
2: and every alt rnds knit without inc. 
3: k19, sm, m1, k3, sm, k to end.
5: k19, sm, m1, k5, m1, sm, k to end.
7: k19, sm, m1, k7, m1, sm, k to end.
cont inc every 2nd rnd until you have 12 st bet markers.
On next rnd, k19, remove marker, slip 12 sts onto waste yarn or st holder, remove 2nd marker, turn work INC 2 sts, turn work back to (RS) and continue to knit around back to 1st marker.
continue knitting in rnds until work measures 6'' inches long from cast on edge.


k1, *k2tog, yo, k1; rep from *back to beg.
Next rnd knit all sts including yo's and work a further 8 rnds for the turn back of the Picot.
sew picot edge down inside of mitt.

Thumb: with D.P.N's pick up the 12 sts from the waste yarn and 2 edge sts, so you have 14 sts for the thumb. join to work in the rnd and k 12 rnds, bind/cast off all 14sts.
Sew in any loose ends, make a 2nd mitt.

The Leafy Cuff:

 with 3.5mm needles and a 3ply yarn or 2 strands of 4ply held tog k3 pattern repeats as shown below then sew onto the cast on edge of mitt. 
1:(RS) k5, yf, k1, yf, k2.
2: p6, inc in next st, k3.
3: k4, p1, k2, yf, k1, yf, k3.
4: p8, inc in next st, k4.
5: k4, p2, k3, yf, k1, yf, k4.
6: p10, inc in next st, k5.
7: k4, p3, k4, yf, k1, yf, k5.
8: p12, inc in next st, k6.
9: k4, p4, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1.
10: p10, inc in next st, k7.
11: k4, p5, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k1.
12: p8, inc in next st, k2, p1, k5.
13: k4, p1, k1, p4, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k1.
14: p6, inc in next st, k3, p1, k5.
15: k4, p1, k1, p5, yb, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k1.
16: p4, inc in next st, k4, p1, k5.
17: k4, p1, k1, p6, yb, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1.
18: p2tog, cast of next 5sts using the p2tog as 1st stitch, k1, p1, k5.
rep these 18 rows another 2 times, then cast off the 8 sts, sew onto cuff with right sides facing together, then make another leafy cuff and you got a pair of lovely open style mitts perfect to gift.....who would you make them for ?


k=knit, sm= slip marker, pm= place marker,
yo= lay yarn over working needle to make a loop st.
 inc= increase by making a stitch, knit into the front and back of the next st to make a new st.
alt= alternate rnds.
(RS) = right side.
k2tog= knit next 2 sts together to form a single st dec.
dec= decrease.
 psso= slip next st from left needle to right needle without working it, then knit next st on left needle, then slip the slipped st over st jus worked.
yb= yarn back to knitting position. 

please let me know of any typo's......Thank you !

Once you haveplaced your entry here...Pop over to my Shetland wool blog. I am hosting a Shetland wool blanket post and need the name for my sampler blanket design......will be adding new blocks to the post over the next few days.... 



  1. Five pair! I would knit them for my sweetie, my son, my daughter in law, my grandson and my granddaughter, loves of my life. :)

  2. I would knit a pair for me (often neglected in knitting projects), my Sister-In-Law, my Mom, and a pair for my son with a matching hat!

  3. Oh, me! and then my daughter and her best friend who's like a daughter to me. I think matching hats might be in order, too. Thanks!
    lindaran (on Rav)

  4. I would make a pair for my daughter, who works in a drafty library, and myself!

  5. Thank you for the pattern! I would definitely knit a pair for me. I've recently discovered I like fingerless mitts :) I'd make another pair for my mother in law, as well as my sister and a couple pairs to give away randomly.

  6. Gorgeous! Would be for 2 of my co-workers!! They would love them:)

  7. It would have to be for me...I have the coldest hands of anyone I know. I love the leaf pattern.

  8. I would knit mittens for myself, my daughters, and my nieces.

  9. Me! And maybe my granddaughter.

  10. My daughter, stepdaughter and stepdaughter-in-law. And then the wider world cos they look really cute.

  11. Have to knit a pair for my daughter in London so she can read until the wee small hours, a pair for my mum and a pair for my dad - both in their late 80s and 2 pairs to give away.

  12. I would make them for my mom who just moved to KY from FL so she will have a colder winter than normal, and my 2 nieces, and my 2 co workers (5 :-) )

  13. I like the leaf edging! I would start by making these cuffs and a cowl. Thanks for the chance :-)

  14. I would knit them for my 3 beautiful little daughters. And even a pair for my Mom!
    asteride on Ravelry

  15. Myself, my two sisters, my sister- and daughter-in-law! Beautiful pattern!
    adriennemac1 on Rav

  16. I would knit them for my mom and my cousin's wife. I would probably make a hat to go with them.

  17. Love the Picot edge and I would knit them for myself from your luscious Qiviut :-)

    1. Hello Jody, you are our Random winner of the June giveaway. Please contact me.....congratulations.

  18. Beautiful and perfect mitts! I would knit/give them to my five best friends whom I text a lot...

    What a treasure they would be - so soft!

  19. I would knit them for myself and some of my cousins. Very pretty pattern. =D

  20. The first (test) pair would have to be for myself. One for my mom and any additional ones would become Christmas presents.
    Thanks for the pattern and great to hear you're busy for the upcoming fall season:)

  21. I would have to make the first pair for myself, then the next pair for my partner, then my stister in law and her partner and then I would make the 5th pair as a christmas gift if I could bare to give it away. I love the pattern, thank your for that!

  22. I'd like to say I'd make them for someone else, but come on! I've never had the chance to make anything with qiviut wool before, so would spoil myself first, then if there were any leftovers I'd make something for my sons (different pattern, of course!)

  23. The knitted mitts would be raffled off in support of our community senior center in town. We love our senior pioneers in Alaska. Thank you for all you do here.

  24. matching mitts for me and my daughter!

    Thanks for the chance!

    venny (on Ravelry)

  25. I would make them for my Mom, (she's 95!) and my grand-duaghter (she's 9!) because both love soft things!

  26. It's so lovely that you do this each month :). I am slowly collecting enough qiviut/qiviut-blend to one day use to make one of Sandra McIver's Swirl jackets. How extravagant would that be!!

  27. I might knit a pair for my husband - he loves cashmere and it the only one with an Iphone.

  28. I would knit them for me!
    RAVID: cdavis

  29. I would knit them for my daughters and self, five pair. They are really lovely and comfortable looking, and I know they are warm, too!

  30. My sister-in-law would love these! I'm sharing this on FB too!

  31. I would knit them for all of my bookclub friends.

  32. ooh, little lovelies for me and my daughters!

  33. So pretty! I would definitely knit a pair for myself and my sister.

  34. I would knit them for my daughter; she would love the softness.

  35. I would make these mitts for my sister. I love introducing her to luxurious fibers. She works in a very cold section of her building and uses fingerless mitts to keep her hands warmer.

  36. Laceyjay June 21st at 6.31PM

    I would knit the first pair for my Lovely Daughter-in-Law who has sadly been diagnosed as having Cancer, the other four pair I would donate to the Cancer Clinic to give them a little comfort whilst undergoing treatment

  37. A couple of pairs for my daughter and her partner in the Yukon, and then sneak in a pair in the cashmere for ME.

  38. Both my daughter and step daughter would want these! Both are non stop texters and both work in cold offices.

  39. I would make Christmas presents for my mother, sister, mother in law, good family friend and for me!

  40. My mother, my brother, my aunt, my best friend, and one for me!

  41. I would make them for my two best friends, Mom, sister and myself; if I were a more confident knitter. I would probably end up making a crocheted version instead though ;)

  42. I would knit them for myself and I have several friends who would love them! I don't think my young boys would appreciate them! Lol

  43. Oh yes please! I would love to make these!

  44. I'd knit them for my aunts (and probably one pair for me).

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  45. I think I have to be greedy for once and knit them for myself. I always knit for everyone else and seem to forget me.... ;-)

  46. Oh dear, I would kit one for myself, no doubt,but would be happy to kit a pair for my mother -in-law and for my viola playing husband to keep his fingers warm:)

  47. i would defineatly make a pair for me, the winters are very cold and this would be such a luxary. Further, a pair for a friend at work with a very big heart. i hope everyone is keeping colour on this hot summer, finally, day.

  48. Maybe the nieces, as I'll bet they text!

  49. IF i were so lucky! i think i'd make a pair to keep and pairs to give. thank you for this giveaway and pretty pattern!

  50. I'd knit some gloves for my mom!

  51. delish mitts! I have a teenager who would love some texting mittens, and since her hands are always cold, they would be well loved!

  52. I'm with most other people who left a comment - never having the opportunity to work with qiviut, I would have to make a test pair for myself! Then one or two or three for my mom back in Chicagoland for the winter, and one or two for friends here in Alaska and out of Ontario and Whitehorse. It would be hard deciding...

  53. Oh! I just now figured how I can post comments on blogs! I had to enable cookies in my browser!
    I would knit a pair for my mom who will be 79 this year and runs around barefoot until the snow flies on her 40 acres in CO. Then I'd knit a pair for me. :)

  54. I would knit a pair for my hubby's aunt - she is 86 and still knits but says her hands get cold- they would be perfect for her-


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