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Belgique fingerless mittens – new knitting pattern!

Belgique fingerless mittens

Knitting a good thumb gusset has been my achilles heel for some time.  I could never quite get the hang of it:  too long, too wide, gaping holes, you name it:  I just could not knit a nice, neat gusset and thumb for mitts!

I decided after Christmas that my first goal for 2011 would be to conquer the dread gusset, and after knitting about a bazillion mitts (seriously, you should see all the rejects that are lying around!) … I finally got it.  Yay!

This finally allows me to finish several new designs for fingerless mittens, but the first (above) developed as a result of the prototype mitt that I knit (and knit and knit) during the last month.

I sometimes find it difficult to come up with a great name for patterns (and have a naming suggestion contest on Facebook when that happens – the person suggesting the name that I end up using gets a free pattern!).  This wasn’t the case for Belgique.  I love the texture for these mitts – reminiscent of waffles! Waffles … Belgian Waffles … Belgique!

This pattern is a fun knit – there’s enough variety that you don’t want to drop from boredom.  A twisted rib stitch pattern combined with reverse stockinette smoothly curving at the wrist and fingers.  A simple gusset and thumb.  A little more challenging knit, this is a great project for someone wanting to expand knitting in the round skills.

You can knit these up using DK or sportweight yarn (I’ve even used worsted weight).  Hand dyed semisolid yarn is sheer perfection (shown above in Wool Candy Fondant 100% superwash wool, dk weight, in “ice blue”).

You can read more about Belgique here, where you can also order and download (or just click “by now” below).  (It will also be at Stitches West in Wool Candy’s booth – more about that tomorrow!)

p.s., the sweet little heart is also available for order right here!

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  • heather jane February 10, 2011, 11:41 AM

    Really cute, Brenda! I’m glad to hear you are doing well! I’m thinking I need to kiss sugar goodbye for awhile. Maybe I could just set a goal of 6 weeks and see how it goes.

  • brenda February 10, 2011, 5:48 PM

    Thank you, Heather! I’ve become a bit militant about the no sugar – I’m so paranoid about falling off the wagon. I’d love to hear how you do with it!

  • MarieAngel February 11, 2011, 8:00 AM

    Also the colour you chose for these mitts is Belgian.
    The Belgian peacekeeper forces wear helmets of that colour.

  • brenda February 11, 2011, 9:29 AM

    Hi MarieAngel! I had no idea – this name was meant to be! Thank you so much – Brenda

  • Melissa February 13, 2011, 6:16 AM

    Lovely pattern Brenda! I think you’ve got another hit…

  • brenda February 13, 2011, 1:15 PM

    Thank you so much, Melissa! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  • Sosae January 14, 2012, 2:14 AM

    What a lovely pattern (and GORGEOUS photo!) I’m loving your blog…

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