What's a poetry mitten?
In the January/February 2008 issue of PieceWork magazine, Veronica Patterson told us about a fascinating knitting tradition in early America: Women would choose a favorite poem, and knit the text into their mittens. There are several examples of these charming mittens in the Smithsonian, and so Veronica and Jane Fournier decided to knit up a modern version for the PieceWork audience. That mitten pattern made that issue one of our most popular back-issues ever.
That's when we decided to have the poetry contest, so we could have a pattern inspired by YOU. The winning poem--by Angela Lane of Vidalia, Georgia--has been knit into a new set of poetry mittens, with a poem to warm any knitter's heart.
The newly updated pattern PDF contains the full instructions and charts for the 2008 PieceWork mittens, as well as an all-new chart for Anglea's winning poem-knit-into-mittens. We've also included Veronica's article on the history (and the mystery!) of poetry mittens, plus photos of everything because photos are the best part!
Purchase the Poetry Mitten pattern in our online store.
New Free Pattern:
Norwegian Gloves by Nancy Bush
A little lace, a little colorwork...and ten fingers later you have warm, pretty gloves on a snowy day! The patterning in these gloves is based on that of a pair found in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. And best of all, the pattern is free!
Download Nancy Bush's Norwegian Glove Pattern
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? I've been finishing up things this week--seaming sweaters that had long languished in my knitting closet, for one thing--and now I have to decide: do I start the Central Park Hoodie my sister asked for, work on baby gifts for all the new members of my family, or start another lace shawl that is a gift for (shhh) someone else? Choices, choices.