In January, I did my very first test knit for one of my favorite pattern designers, Jane Richmond. I lover her patterns because they’re so clean and easy to follow and her designs are still modern and fresh. I teased that I did a test knit in my January’s FO Round-up but then I never said anything else about it because I couldn’t until now!
I didn’t know it at the time but I was test knitting the Woodstack Mittens, one pattern in Jane’s new book with Shannon Cook called Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul.
Can I tell you when I realized that I got to test knit for this book I got really geeked out and excited. I’m a total knitting nerd and I love it.
I actually really like knitting mittens, they’re one of my go-to quick knits for Christmas gifts and these were super quick and easy. I actually knit them in the car over a four day period after the holidays and I used almost a full skein of Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn in Mixed Berries that I had in my stash. And after I knit these I went away to Vegas for work and these were packed away but now I think I’m going to gift them to my girlfriend Erin, because they’re a great match to the hot pink hat I knit her for Christmas last year. And sometimes the best knit is the one you give away and I can totally whip up a pair for myself in another color.
So have you checked out the patterns in within? There are a couple of cardigans and a hat I definitely want to add to my queue!