The purported reason for this blog post is to publicize the availability of my newly released pattern set, Paving Mitts and Cowl. The real reason is to share my lovely model (and elder daughter) with you all.
Tunisian crochet in the round creates beautiful colorwork. Working in two colors, one tonal and one variegated, creates an effect of tiny colorful pavers laid in even rows. I was inspired to design these after a class in Tunisian crochet entranced me, but existing mitt designs didn’t have a shaped thumb gusset. These do. And the cowl is shaped, too, designed to dip down and cover the throat and keep that little gap where your coat is open nice and warm.
The mitts are a small enough project that experimenting with color combinations is possible – heck, Lisa says it takes her all of 6 hours to work an entire pair! (Caution – your mileage may vary. They don’t call her turbogal for nothin’!)
Note that working these, as for any Tunisian crochet pattern in the round, calls for a double ended crochet hook. I used a size H with fingering weight yarn for mine, but others have used a size up for the hook and various weight yarns. It’s easy to experiment and do a bit of the cuff and try it on for gauge. Yarns shown include Claudia Handpaint Addiction and The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino.
Did I mention that these are super fun to work?
Video tutorials, including several I prepared to teach the needed techniques for the Paving Mitts pattern, are listed in the pattern.
Oh, as long as I’m showing off my beautiful (and very talented) eldest daughter, here’s a link to a story about the restaurant at which my equally beautiful and talented younger daughter works – with a photo of her in action.
Yes, I’m insufferable, but since they are your nieces, you have to be supportive.
P.S. Thanks to Lisa, Cindi, and Vicki for test crocheting!