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Virva Fingerless Mitts and Hat

Virva Fingerless Mitts and Hat

I’m by no means a monogamous knitter. Even though I always try to finish something before casting on a new project, I still need to have several different projects on hand. Usually I have one or two bigger projects going, cardigans and sweaters mainly, and there has to be an unfinished pair of socks as well. There are more demanding projects I only work on when I’m able to focus on them, and then there are simple stockinette stitch projects for those days when all I have energy for is sitting on the couch watching a good British crime series (by the way I’m always open for suggestions!). I have some projects I work on when I’m home and I have smaller projects that can be easily thrown into my backpack whenever I need something to knit in some waiting room or at a café with friends. And because I have many different bags I need several of these smaller projects, right?

And speaking of smaller projects, I’ve only recently discovered the ingenuity of fingerless mitts. I’ve only had one pair that a dear friend knitted for me but as I keep forgetting them home (or in one of my various bags), I realised I need another pair ASAP. I cast on Fiona Alice’s Virva mitts using Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo 4ply from my stash. What’s great is that one 100 g skein of fingering weight yarn is enough to knit both the mitts and the Virva hat, and you can never have too many hats either, can you? Knitted in the park, in lecture halls and meetings, smaller, uncomplicated projects like these get finished in no time, and then it’s time to cast on something new again.

The Virva patterns were originally published in issue 3 of Laine, available through our stockists.

Tiia

Photographing Issue 6

Photographing Issue 6