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We have had quite a bit of weather here recently – mittens are definitely required! So I whipped up a pair.

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You may recall, in the comments on this post, Trish suggested that a pair of mittens in the Epistrophy pattern would suit the name Jazz Hands. Well, Trish, your wish is my command. Here they are.

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The yarn I’ve used is wonderful stuff — Skein Queen Voluptuous “skinny”. This heavy 4 ply is a blend of 80% Exmoor blueface with 20% organic merino and it is just beautiful – plump and squishy, soft and woolly.

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I absolutely love Debbie’s dyeing technique and feel for colour. The semi-solid shades she produces work really well for colourwork, adding just a wee bit of depth and variation to the pattern. The shades I’ve used here are “powder” and “granite”, and the Skein Queen is currently dyeing up a batch of these shades to make available in kit form next week.

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Will I ever tire of these interlocking diamonds? They really are such fun to knit. Just like the hat (of which I’ve now made four), I found making these mittens really addictive, and knitted a few in different gauges while I fine-tuned the pattern. The mittens I’m wearing here were worked at 30 sts to 4 ins, but, after experimenting with needle sizes, I found that the yarn blooms up so nicely that its great to work at larger gauges also. Working the pattern at 26 sts to 4 ins produces a mitten which comfortably fits a man’s hand.

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As you see, the mittens feature an inset-thumb, around which the Epistrophy diamonds sit very neatly. I confess I’m really happy with the balance and symmetry of this design – sometimes a stitch pattern just works for the mitten’s small canvas. Because of the strong diagonals, I found I could design the shaping to follow the motifs in an exact and pleasing way. So satisfying!

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If you would like to whip up your own pair of Jazz Hands, Skein Queen and I will be simultaneously releasing the pattern, and hand-dyed Voluptuous yarn kits next Thursday, January 22nd . So watch out for the pattern appearing on Ravelry, and keep a close eye on Debbie’s shop for the yarn update!

28 thoughts on “jazz hands!

  1. Hi Kate, I purchased PDF for jazz hands which iI printed out but then an email arrived advising of errors… I have lost the email and tried to redeem PDF from ravelry wiyh no success , please help Regards Cheryl

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  2. Wow, you are fast! These look so yummy for a frosty winter day like you are having there! I love colorwork, thanks for introducing me to a new yarn I’ve never heard of before. Just started following your blog and love it! Now I need to get your book!

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  3. They are lovely Kate, but why 6 photos without showing the palm side, or the cuffs?! Wait for the Rav pattern page?
    Not mitten weather in Sydney, Australia: about 28C today. Looking at snow pictures is refreshing.

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  4. Beautiful mitts (as we call them here in Canada). Do you need to wear a double layer of mitts there? I always need gloves or thinner mitten liners inside my mitts or my fingers freeze. -20C yesterday, but up to -7C this morning. Balmy.

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  5. I am not sure if I am more jealous of your snow or your mittens! I will be honest I am more jealous of your snow! This is the skier speaking as I live so far north in Alaska and we have almost no snow and I am a snow person!

    Back to your mittens they are lovely and I will just have to knit a pair!

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  6. Beautiful! Here in Maine it has been super cold , always good weather for handknit mittens! I love having a basket of mittens next to the door, an assortment to choose from. I may have to add this pair to the group. Really enjoy your blog.

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  7. I’ve been holding off buying the hat pattern, but now you’re really tempting me! Will there be a combined hat & mitt option for our Rav shopping baskets, like Snawhied and SnawPaws?

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    1. Jennifer Robinson says I love the Mitts which compliment the pattern beautifully. A scarf would be lovely. Yokes book is yummy.

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