Perfect Holiday Mittens Anyone Can Knit

Perfect holiday mittens anyone can knit

Okay, be honest with me. Don’t hold back.

Are these too pink?

Perfect holiday mittens

I kind of think they are too pink. And I like pink. I mean, I would wear pink all the time, anytime. It’s a good color for me.

My best girlfriends? Maybe they don’t feel quite as passionate about pink… I just don’t know. Is this a color respectable women in their mid-30s actually wear, besides me of course?

As far as yarn trends go, I have been more inspired by a muted pallet of late. When I ordered this Malabrigo Worsted (in Orchid) via WEBS a couple weeks back, I swore it looked much, well, mellower online. Then I opened the package and bam! reached for my sunglasses. Such is the drama with online yarn shopping. Oh, how we suffer. I almost sent it back, but the yarn was just so SOFT that I decided to give it a go.

The pattern, however, was perfect. I enjoy Susan B. Anderson’s blog, and I was happy to try one of her patterns. The mittens knitted up quick. One day for each hand. Nice and simple. No major mistakes or drama, although I still need to weave in ends. This means there’s a chance I could poke my eye out with a darning needle.

You just never know.

Potential vision loss aside, I do recommend this pattern for a quick holiday knit. There’s still hope for you (me?) yet. My favorite thing about this simple, perfectly understated mitt is that the left and rights hands are the same. Nothing to keep track of. Two identical mitts.

(I have this thing with right and left, but I will save that for another day.)

Do I knit another pink pair or resort to a more subtle, possibly more wearable color (as in: beige)?

Linking up with Ginny and STILL reading Outlander.

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply michiafterall November 25, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I vote pro-pink! Paired with a neutral coat they’d be such a cheerful pop of color 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Good idea! That reminds me to check the lottery tickets I randomly bought Monday morning. If am a winner, I can provide the new coats too!

  • Reply emma November 25, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Love this pink!

  • Reply adelightfulglow November 25, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I personally think they are quite pretty. But I like pink and I like bright colors and really, we need to embrace life and beauty everyday, so go with it!! 🙂

    The title of your post caught my eye, because I knit dishcloths, but I haven’t ventured too far in trying other projects.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

      This is a perfect beginning mitten pattern. Definitely a good place to start if you are interested in trying some mitts. Grab some worsted weight yarn, and you are off!

  • Reply purepurly November 25, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Well…maybe a bit too pink for me but I know quite a few 30+ ladies who would have loved them!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Okay, good. This seems to be the consensus, so I am feeling better. Hopefully everyone isn’t just being nice… Such sweet, kind knitters you all are!

  • Reply Donna November 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

    They are pink and I LOVE them! I would definitely wear them. But then again, my hair has bright purple hi-lights so maybe I’m not the average person…

  • Reply arabianknits November 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I knit mitts and a headband out of this color for one of my best friends and it is absolutely not too pink. And it was respectable enough for someone in her _late_ 30s. 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

      My coworker recently knit a sweater for her six year old daughter out of a similar color…so I think it created a color association linked to small, female children. I am glad to hear it worked for your best friend. Phew.

  • Reply Jeanette November 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I’m not…well a fan…of pink but those are so very cute! I think I may try this pattern. thanks for the link! I’ve never knit gloves before and they look great!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Jeanette. This is a perfect beginner mitten pattern. I would recommend it. You are basically making a tall skinny hat…with a thumb off the side (a bit of stitch increasing for that). You can do it!

  • Reply Alison November 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Love the pink! They are certainly intense, lol, but I think that is perfect for mittens or mitts. I love a little extreme & bold color popping out of my black jackets. I am knitting some mitts for my mom that are almost neon blue, pink, & green for my mom. They are intense color wise but 100% cashmere- whoot! So she can love them or give them back to me, lol, either way I win 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I will be sure to include a tag that says please return if you don’t like them… Good call. Let me know what your mom says about her mitts!

  • Reply Alina November 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I think they are perfectly balanced pink 🙂

  • Reply Beth November 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Go for the pink. There is nothing better in the deep drear of midwinter than a splash of color to remind us of spring! Love the mittens!

  • Reply Tamera L November 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

    What a nice, simple pattern. I also vote, Yes To Pink!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

      There is a lot to be said for a simple pattern that works. All the pink supporters this morning are definitely making me feel more confident about the situation.

  • Reply bonnyknits November 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Love them! And I know how soft that yarn is, so that’s a big plus too. I agree that it’s so nice to have that bit of cheerful color against a neutral coat. If she doesn’t like them, feel free to send them to me! 😉

  • Reply Eileen November 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Since you asked:: too pink for me…sorry! But the pattern is lovely!

  • Reply MrsMcD918 November 25, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    LOL, your post made me laugh! Love the pink!

  • Reply woolythymes November 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    if it’s malabrigo, i don’t care what colour it is!!! I think they make a statement….and think you should go for it. (This is the person who primarily knits with grey, though, so I’d take my advice with a grain of salt—or pink pepper, as the case may be!)

  • Reply lollyknits November 25, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Personally? I dig the pink! It may be super bright, but in the middle of winter, when everything is a soul-crushing grey, a brightly colored accessory can make all the difference.

  • Reply nanacathy2 November 26, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Super pink, sure your friends have the confidence to carry them off!

  • Reply Barbara November 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    You look good in any color

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  • Reply Amanda Dymacek December 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Not too pink. Can there be such a thing? No way – and I’m a respectable mid-30’s gal myself. 🙂 They look great (but I love your plain ones from today, too). 🙂

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