Designer Spotlight: Mouette Mittens by Emily Ringelman
After a recent move from California to Delaware, Emily Ringelman realized that her supply of winter weather gear was severely lacking. (Can you say polar vortex?) So, as any knitter would do, Emily turned to her stash and picked out some Vintage DK to make a pair of “warm, non-itchy” mittens!
Emily’s Mouette Mittens – named after the French word for seagull – feature a triple gull stitch and twisted ribbing. They are knit in the round from the bottom up and only use one skein of yarn! The pattern is available on Ravelry as both a single PDF and as part of the ebook, “A Flock of Seagulls.”
Tell us how/why you came up with this design?
I was reading some of my stitch dictionaries (an odd hobby, but a hobby nonetheless) and came across the triple gull stitch in a Barbara Walker’s book. It was love at first sight.
Did you make it for anyone in particular?
I made this pair for me, but I designed them for all the knitters out there who also need pretty mittens! I’ve gotten a ton of use out of them already. They are so soft and wonderful to wear.
How did you decide on the yarn?
It’s incredibly soft, warm, the prettiest color and the perfect weight for mittens. I think that DK weight makes the best mittens – not too thick that you can’t use your hands, but still warm and supple. It has great stitch definition, too!
If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be…?
I would make Harry Potter a sweater. I know, Mrs. Weasley has that covered, but one can never have too many pullovers.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
I love that I can create clothes that fit perfectly and don’t look like everyone else’s. Also, unlike sewing (another hobby of mine), if you cut it and didn’t mean to, it’s ok, just join a new strand. It’s so much more forgiving.