Back in 2013, Romi was kind enough to give us permission to offer these beautiful beaded mitts in kit form.
I had kind of forgotten about them until a knitter (hi, Heather) contacted me recently and suggested we look again at some of her gorgeous pieces.
Marvelous idea! Here is the first of many, an oldie-but-goodie that we think you will love.
As a simple and most fun design for fingerless gloves, with or without beads, Rosemary Hill (Romi) has created Maia Mitts.
This was originally part of one of her e-book series and (with her gracious permission) we have put together a great little kit with the pattern and some wonderful yarn.
Our Yarn and Colorways
Canopy Fingering is a 50% alpaca/ 30% Merino/ 20% Bamboo blend that feels absolutely delicious! Each 50g skein has 200 yards to it and can knit anywhere from 28 to 32 stitches to a 4" swatch. Which makes it wonderful as both a light fingering weight or a heavy lace weight.
Here is how the Fibre Company folks describe it:
"Canopy Fingering is a fingering weight 3-ply strong, soft, shiny and drapey yarn perfect for color work, lace or textured stitch patterns. The unique blend of fibers are spun into a smooth yarn and then kettle dyed, and the different way the fibers absorb the dye creates a beautiful depth of color with subtle heathered tones."
All I can add to that is "Yum!"
Note that this is not the same yarn as what Romi used to knit her original pieces. This yarn is shown in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below it. The other photos are there to show you the design. And the very last one, the autumnal one, is shown unbeaded.
The pattern requires only about 170 m (186 yds) of fingering weight yarn and so one skein of this yarn would be perfect. With it, if you choose to add beads, would be needed 84 size 6/0 beads. So what we did was take three lovely colorways of Canopy and found some beads that went beautifully and...
1. Cloud Forest is a delightful gray with just a touch of blue to it. (Sorry, no longer available)
2. Obsidian is an almost-black, deep and dark and mysterious.
3. Sumac is a lovely rich mulberry; truly delicious.
There are lots of beads I like with these. If you have a preference for bead color, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.
All the other photos show the fingerless gloves that Romi originally knit for this design.
We set up three options via the drop-down menu labeled "Patterns". Some of you already have this pattern or would like to get the e-book via Ravelry. In that case, you can get this kit without a pattern included as you will either already have it or will get it..
If you would prefer to get it from Romi via Ravelry, it comes as one of a set of 10 patterns you can find here on her Ravelry web page. (If you decide to go that way, select No Pattern Needed from the drop-down menu.)
We have special permission to offer the pattern as itself either as a hard copy of the pattern (11 pages printed out) or as a PDF file of the pattern emailed to you (this has to be manually sent to you and usually will go out right before I ship your kit).
The kit will consist of one skein of yarn, and enough beads to have a great time embellishing.
Please select your colorway from the drop-down menu.
And make sure the drop-down menu labeled Pattern is set as you would prefer before you check out.
A wonderful knit, to keep or to gift.