Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ice Princess Mitts with pattern

Picture while drying in the sunshine I want to thank everyone that has posted encouraging comments on my blog and spoken to me in person. It's been really heart warming. Thank you. The last couple of weeks have been a roller coaster ride and I am still very confused about how I feel and what's going on with my relationship. I have a feeling that it's not going to end well and so I know that change is coming. I've discovered that I think that I am all right with that and that I might end up happier than I am now. It's scary, but it just might be true. So right now I am just trying to take comfort in the small things and enjoy what I can until things are more settled.

They are still wet. I really didn't want to put my hand in there! This isn't the greatest picture. They look really cute on. In an effort to get on with regular life, I have been trying work out of my knitting doldrums and finally finished a piece this week at my stitch'n bitch. Really these should have taken me a week and not a month to complete, but better late than never.

So, this winter I bought a season pass to the ice skating rink. It's outdoor and it can be quite cold. I can't stand to skate in a coat but without one I was so cold. So as a compromise I started wearing a vest but my arms were frozen even with gloves (another thing I hate wearing when skating).

So I decided to make something that would keep my arms warm, but that I could still wear gloves under for the added warmth. It had to be something girly, afterall it was for figure skating and it had to come from my stash ( I am admitting that I have one now). Thus the idea of the Ice Princess Mitts were born. Luckily I had some angora sitting around and the perfect yarn from my KR gift elf, Cayli.


  • For main yarn use a heavy worsted or worsted weight yarn that any ice princess would deign to wear. I used hand dyed and spun yarn gifted to me from a very talented fiber artist.
  • Yarn for froufrou trim, be it white worsted angora like I used or funfur, etc.
  • Set of US8 DPNs
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

  • Beginning: Cast on 30 stitches of main yarn, dividing them evenly over 3 needles. Join for knitting in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, blah, blah, blah...
  • Arm: Knit in K1, P1 rib for 7 inches or desired length.
  • Thumbhole: Knit 6 rows back and forth continuing in K1, P1 ribbing. Join for knitting in the round again. Knit 2 more rounds in pattern.
  • Froufrou: Join angora (double it up for the best effect) and knit 1 round of ribbing with both yarns. Fasten off main yarn. Knit 7 more rounds with angora or what ever you find to be pleasing. Cast off loosely.
  • Finishing: Weave in ends with tapestry needle and wash and block to fluff up angora. Mine ended up being 10 inches long.


Teej said...

Oh, they're gorgeous! I lovelovelove that you used angora as the accent - I'm so tired of everyone using fun fur or various other novelty yarns to get that little bit of flare. The angora looks perfect and comfy and just like the icing a real Ice Princess should have. Stay warm!

(And best of luck and balancing thoughts as you work through your relationship turmoil. Always difficult, but sometimes necessary.)

Teyani said...

love those fingerless gloves!
I'm working on a pair myself right now, also trimmed in angora.
and may the force be with you girl as you climb out of the relationship hole!

Aprilynne said...

Thanks for the free pattern! I just so happen to have some frou frou angora (not the new cotton mix) ;P AND I have been wanting to make some of those in hopes it would make it cold here. LOL NOT to mention that I need an easy thing to work on when I need a break from my more tedious projects. yaay =)

cayli said...


Love the gloves. They turned out very cute and I love the angora trim.
Hope your relationship stuff works out soon.

JessaLu said...

The gloves look great!

I've only just started reading your blog - good luck with the relationship/kung fu class issues. I know it's hard right now but it will get better (not that you need advice or anything, just giving encouragement here). :o)

Mothlady said...

Very pretty! I love it how you're always coming up with your own patterns ;)