I don’t know what happened to Vanessa Smith that one November so that she needed to commemorate it in yarn, but I think it’s a good thing for the rest of us that she did.
The Novemberist hat and mitts patterns feature two-color stranded colorwork in a chevron pattern, making them classic enough to wear every day but with a spark of something special, too.
Use a tonal or multicolored yarn for one of the colors to make it look like a much more complicated project than it is.
The hat is worked from the bottom up and has a doubled brim, as well as being extra thick because of the stranded knitting on the rest of the hat. The mitts are the same, with turned hems on both ends and stranded knitting everywhere else. That makes the mitts warmer than you might expect from fingerless gloves while still being functional. Both patterns use DK weight yarn, so they’re warm without being too heavy.
The hat comes in two sizes and the mitts in one, women’s medium, so you can stitch them up for yourself or any of your friends who might need some stylish warmth this season.
And they don’t use a whole lot of yarn so you can maybe even use leftovers from other projects if you’re making just the hat or the mitts, or make them with different colors if you don’t care about them matching perfectly.
If you’re a fan of chevrons, check out this cute chevron yoked sweater, a great fleecy throw, this classic single-color chevron sweater or this bold chevron throw with a great color gradient. If I didn’t already have too many blankets I would definitely knit that one!
[Photo: Vanessa Smith]
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