I’ve been on a real colorwork streak lately. The one thing I’m missing from my hand-knit wardrobe was a good pair of fingerless mitts. I fell in love with the Kraai mitts in the new ‘Marlisle’ book and decided to try out the new Einrum yarn at the same time!
Pattern: Kraai Mitts by Anna Maltz in Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting
Materials: Einrúm E+2, 1 skein each in Scolecite and Obsidian
Modifications: Picked up thumb stitches to knit a taller thumb
Marlisle is the newest book from Anna Maltz and it’s full of super cute patterns for sweaters and accessories. I really loved her previous Penguin book so I knew that this one would be just as great. The basic premise is marled colorwork so the whole book is a great one to have if you like blending fun colors together!
I chose the new Einrum E+2 yarn that is a blend of Icelandic wool with a Thai silk strand wrapped around it. I love the fuzzy halo that you get with Icelandic wool. The silk strand gives this yarn a cool texture and is a bit softer than other Lopi yarns. It’s the perfect blend of rustic wool with super soft silk.
These mitts were really straightforward to knit using the chart. It was a little tricky when you first start to carry a single strand in between marled stitches but you get used to it quickly! They also knit up very fast and feel super warm. Luckily, we got a little snow the day after I finished these so I had a chance to test them out.
I decided to pick up the stitches around the thumb hole and create a little thumb sleeve. I wanted just a little more warmth to these mitts. It was as simple as knitting the picked up stitches and binding them off when I thought they were an adequate length. Super easy!
Overall, I really loved these mitts and trying out a new yarn. I can’t wait for cooler mornings to give me an excuse to break them out!