Today I want to talk to you about mittens, mitts and choosing patterns for the men in our lives.     I’ve been browsing the sale bundle in the Indie Design Gift Along for 2018 and picked out some suggestions and chatted a little bit about why I think they’ll be great man gifts.

First up is Camlost by Ravenknits, now these are sized from small right the way up to a mahoosive 10 inch palm circumference.   These are perfect for men like my Dad, who has hands like shovels.    They feature a simple, but stylish texture pattern (a slipped st pattern) and a ribbed cuff which is on the longer side for those who feel the cold or work outdoors.     They’re part of a collection inspired by Lord of the Rings and an absolute must whether you like Tolkien or not.    Raven used sport weight yarn but says that row gauge/tension rather than stitch gauge/tension is the most important for a good fit.    The men in my family prefer simple designs like this one, no fancy embellishments or clever colour work for them.   Classic and stylish works for them and I think Camlost fits the bill on both counts.    For my men, browns, greens, blues (denim in particular), any grey or if my tired eyes could cope, they’d all want black – but that ain’t happening in this house.   A kettle dye yarn would work really well with the slip stitch pattern.

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Char by Andrea Rangel

Char is made with fingering weight/4ply yarn and a nice way to bust some of your sock stash, it’s  a simple, clean design and a full glove for those who insist on warm fingers.    I’d go for a charcoal, brown, forest or olive green or if your poor eyes can stand it, black.   Classic neutrals are best.   Again this one uses a slip stitch pattern which also adds warmth and you could have fun with hand dyed or kettle dyed yarns.

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Argiope Mitts by Settlers Grove Designs

I like this one and I do know some men (aspiring X Men or the more outgoing type) who would love these with the big X on the back of the palm and stripes that could be subtle or really pop.    They are great fun with their stripes and slip stitch cables (one colour per row, my kind of easy colourwork and no stranding).

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Gorm Cliath Gauntlets by Ms. Mal

I like these, another simple design with a textured cuff and ribbed for a good fit, comes in sizes Medium for women and XL for men.

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Badlands Mitts by Kathryn Folkerth

I do love the thumb shaping on these, very clever use of shaping and the sample shown is in one of my favourite colours, very on trend this season.     Sized up from tinies to Large Adult, you could make a pair of the whole family.  Would they be in team colours each  have their own favourite?     This is another slipped stitch pattern, I’m seeing a theme here, I must love them?    Nice and warm too.

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Dragon Hide Mitts by Karen Troyer Ladman

Inspired by Harry Potter, have you got your letter from Hogwarts?  Then you need some Dragon Hide Mitts right away.    This one used dk weight yarn (or sport weight might do) with a textured pattern (great for kettle and hand dyed yarns) and is sized from Child to Adult L.    Another family mitt to make.

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I think that’s it for today, I’ll be back on Wednesday to feature some hats, Thursday to talk about Cowls and Friday is Sweater day.






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