It has been a while since I knitted someone else’s pattern since I started designing but I knew I didn’t want to come up with a pattern of my own for the skein of Chickadee I had been gifted in a parcel exchange.
I asked on Instagram if anyone had a pattern suggestion and the lovely Sarah (you can find her on Instagram and her patterns on Ravelry) suggested her Yubinashi Mitts which use less than a skein of Chickadee. Once I saw the pattern I knew this was the pattern I wanted to use! Sarah was then so kind to gift a copy to me.
The pattern is very easy to follow and written concisely with all the information you need. The chart has a good size and is easy to read. I was able to memorise the pattern repeat quickly which meant I didn’t have to refer back to the pattern all the time. The combination of garter stitch in the round and cables made this an interesting project that required a bit more attention but wasn’t overly complicated.
The most interesting detail about the pattern, in my opinion, are the decreases for the thumbs. I have knitted a few mitts by now but this was the first pattern that decrease the thumb stitches quite like this. I really like it because I have small hands and often the thumb is a bit big for me but now they fit snuggly without being too tight.
Overall, a big thumbs up for this pattern! I highly recommend it.
A few last words about the yarn. I had only ever worked with Quince and Co yarn once as it is not so easy to get here in the UK and I usually prefer to try to use yarn that was produced here. However, I had heard a lot of good stuff about Chickadee and after working with it, I do get people’s enthusiasm. It is great yarn! It is not super soft like alpaca but it also is not scratchy at all. It rather has a bit of character and the best word I can think of to describe the yarn is crisp. It has a great stitch definition, has a good stretch and really nice to work with. So, if you have access to Quince and Co yarn, I think it would be some worthwhile investment for a project.