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Santa Fe Mitts & Smock Top Sweater

August 26

I’m just full of exciting pattern news today!

First, the pattern for the Santa Fe Mitts is complete. You might remember that I originally came up with the idea from an ill-fated trip to Santa Fe. They were meant for my husband to wear when photographing in the cool New Mexico mornings. Instead he decided to break his elbow. Is that akin to the curse of the boyfriend sweater?

Here’s a re-creation of what might have been, had the photography workshop not gotten derailed:


The design is sized for a Mens’ Medium and Large. The hand is fair isle, and the pattern is charted in full color. The mitts feature a ribbed thumb. At the top, the stitch count decreases from the hand area so the ribbing stays snug around the fingers and the mitt doesn’t droop. And still speaking of ribbing, the cuff is meant to be long, so wrists stay warm even when bending.

Reflecting Southwest colors, I chose Lorna’s Laces Sock yarn for the oranges, blues and green. I wanted a rock and bark feel for the background, and elected to use some heather colors in Regia 4-Ply Wool. The sock yarn makes the mitts washable, a good idea for guys. My hubby does a wonderful job when he does the laundry; asking him to hand-wash delicate knits would be pushing it, though.

Here he is, recovering from a long day shooting pictures:


And showing he’s a tree hugger at heart:


The motifs I use in the design reflect, I hope, a Native American heritage, with hints of local mountains, water, and trees.


The design calls for small quanities of some colors. I’m going to make socks out of the unused portions of the skeins and balls. I’m thinking of using the Regia as a main color, since it wears so well on the foot, and then making a cool design for the leg out of the beautiful Lorna’s Laces.

In other news, I’m excited to have my Smock Top Sweater design included in the new issue of Knotions, the online magazine. There are more pictures of it along with the pattern itself on Knotions, but I wanted to post one I’m particularly fond of. I shot this very early one morning, and loved the way dawn’s light made the flower arrangement glow. It reminded me of old Dutch Masters still lifes – sort of a moody quality, but with colors that pop.


Thank you, Jody, for providing me with the opportunity to have my pattern published in your online magazine!

7 Comments to

“Santa Fe Mitts & Smock Top Sweater”

  1. On August 26th, 2009 at 11:42 pm nevernotknitting Says:

    Yay Audrey!

    Im so excited for you! Congratulations on your first published pattern! Its beautiful!


  2. On August 27th, 2009 at 9:29 am Elizabeth Says:

    Congratulations Audrey! I love this photo of the Smock Top Sweater.

  3. On August 30th, 2009 at 8:05 am Nancy Says:

    Audrey–Your sweater is absolutely beautiful! A published pattern, how exciting. I am knitting this sweater.

  4. On September 21st, 2009 at 2:30 pm mary Joyce Says:

    Wow Aud!!! beautiful!!!

    BAck in town and now in Maryland and looking for fingerless mitts to knit for a thank you. Hadn’t had a chance to see your sweater. It’s fantastic.


  5. On September 23rd, 2009 at 8:59 am audknits Says:

    Thanks, Nancy. I’m glad you like the sweater. You’re such a fabulous knitter, I’ll look forward to seeing your finished project!

  6. On December 3rd, 2010 at 10:48 am Dawn Says:

    Those are awesome! My husband attends a large format photography conference every other year in Santa Fe, NM! Very cool!

  7. On December 3rd, 2010 at 11:15 am AudKnits Says:

    Thank you, Dawn! We were just in Santa Fe over Thanksgiving and I was sorely tempted to buy yarn there to make another pair of these mitts. We ran out of time for shopping, but I figure that’s a good reason to go back!

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