She’s here, finally: Grace, a new fingerless mitten pattern. This is, indeed, the pattern I talked about submitting for publication waaaay ages ago, back in June. Sadly, it wasn’t picked, so here she is, all prettied up in my style and added to the Ravelry database / my Ravelry pattern shop.
I can’t pretend I wasn’t sad about my pretty Grace being passed over – actually, I think ‘devastated’ might be a better word. I was properly heartbroken, really really really felt like totally giving up on the whole thing, just wanted to lie in bed and stare at the wall … for about a day. At the beginning of that day, I thought I’d be very sad for a very long time. By the end of the day, I was even able to muster up a little pathetic chuckle about it.
And within a few days, I’d bounced back enough to start prepping the pattern to sell myself. Luckily, I had these beautiful photos to work with, taken by my lovely friend Holly, and I’m extremely proud to say that this is the best pattern I’ve written so far.
Because I was submitting under strict pattern guidelines, I filled out a few bits that I hadn’t done yet in any of my patterns: Grace includes both written and charted instructions for all lace patterns, a sizing schematic, gauge information for stockinette and the lace pattern, and both metric and imperial measurements. These aren’t huge things, and aren’t even necessarily reasons to buy or not buy a pattern for most people, but I take a lot of pride in taking care with the details. Some pattern writers are ok with leaving you to convert to inches or decide which increase to use, but I think it’s important to get that stuff right – who wants their knitters to have to fight with their pattern?
I’m really proud of this pattern, and if you buy / knit it, I hope you enjoy it. I s’pose I might be a little biased, but I think Grace is a very pretty and versatile pattern. The design features an easy-to-memorize lace pattern, a fully patterned thumb gusset, and a vintage-style buttonband (it was named after the always-elegant Grace Kelly). Knit in nearly any fingering-weight wool yarn and endlessly customizable with your choice of buttons, they can be knit to suit any style – soft and pretty like these sample pairs, dramatic in black, fun and peppy in a bright yellow or green, or classy and elegant in white.
In fact, though I should be working on finishing my next pattern and / or my WIP List Of Shame, I can’t help but want to knit up a pair in both black and white with neon buttons!
Grace is available to buy via Ravelry, where you can find out all the pattern information you might need before buying, or via my sidebar to the right (which is processed through Ravelry’s checkout system but does not require a Ravelry account). I hope you like it, and if you knit any, please let me know – I’d love to see them!