To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Firefly Hour Mitts. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE! These are one of three fingerless mitt designs in the collection.
Our hands have to deal with all the elements and with work, from washing dishes to weeding the garden, but they take on an almost magical softness when we cup them to briefly hold a caught firefly. When I saw La Bien Aimee’s Pop Grunge colorway, it reminded me of those childhood moments of running around the garden at twilight amidst the twinkle of emerging fireflies.
The ruffled edge winds like the paths of the insects. The ribbed nature of the knitting and the lack of thumb gusset in this pattern, making make it a quick knit that works for a range of hand sizes. The length of the gloves offers extra warmth and the ruffles are just fun.
Two samples of the gloves were knit to showcase how well the pattern works with speckles or self-striping colorways. The grey and pink is knit with La Bien Aimee MERINO DK with Uschitita 4-PLY SINGLES and modelled by me. The rainbow and yellow is knit with GamerCrafting DK SOCK and GamerCrafting 4-PLY and modelled by Georsan.
About Ultraviolet Knits
My latest book, Ultraviolet Knits: Twelve knitting patterns featuring UV-reactive hand-dyed wool (Anchor and Bee, 2020), was released at the end of March. This collection features 12 original accessory knitting patterns designed with black light-reactive hand-dyed wool-based yarns.This collection is inspired by the night’s sky, some from the view from Earth, such as star-gazing from a porch swing, while others pay homage to astronomy. Each of the 12 accessory patterns works well with bold, speckled, and vibrant yarns as well as semi-solid and neutrals, making the designs well suited for using those treasured skeins in your yarn collection. These accessory designs are excellent for travel knitting given their size. For festival-goers or everyday use, these finished objects are ones you’ll want to wear.
Where to Buy the Book
Individual patterns from Ultraviolet Knits will be available on Ravelry in October 2020, but until then you can treat yourself to the entire 12-pattern collection. Each week during June, July, and August, I’ll profile one of the patterns from Ultraviolet Knits in a blog post like this one.
If you wish to purchase the entire book, it is available as a digital download from Ravelry or in print from a range of bookstores and retailers. I’m including a partial list of online retailers selling the book, though you can likely provide your local independent bookshop with the ISBN and they can order it for you.
- ISBN: 978-1-910567-06-7 (paperback)
- Price: $24.50USD / €22.00EUR
- Trim Size: 8.268” x 11.693” (A4)
- Page Count: 50
- Illustrations: 63 color photographs and illustrations
Ravelry.com (digital version is available now)
Amazon.co.uk (UK/Ireland, affiliate link)
Barnes and Noble (35% off preorder with free shipping)
Anchor and Bee Publisher (Worldwide, books ship signed and free gift of Ravelry digital version with each purchase)