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Book Review: Mostly Mittens

Wow, I saved today’s post till the last minute, quite by accident. I got a little lost in the Department of Mysteries and before I knew it, it was 6:30 and I realized I hadn’t posted. I had wanted to come in here showing off my finished cardigan for my mom, but that Ministry of Magic is a bit of a maze…

So instead, I’m sharing with you a book review. As long-time readers will know, I’m a little… shall we say “obsessed” with mittens. Especially colorwork mittens. And I still don’t own any (but they’re on the schedule!). However, Charlene Schurch (of Sensational Knitted Socks fame) reissued her Mostly Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia (Martingale, 2009) last year and it’s a wonderful source of mitten inspiration.

This book is a must have for anyone who likes to knit traditional, ethnic colorwork designs. Much like the approach of Sensational Knitted Socks, Schurch provides a basic “recipe” for knitting mittens, and provides different colorwork charts for about 30 traditional Russian knitting motifs. The book includes an introduction to the Komi knitting traditions, as well as a quick little tutorial on different ways to knit in the round.

I love to flip through this book, looking at the motifs and the ways in which the stranded colorwork shows each motif to its best. These are just a few of my favorites.

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Charlene even includes a few hat recipes at the back of the book, showing how you can incorporate the motifs into an earflap hat, a fez, and a basic toque. One of these days, I’ll have time to grab some yarn and needles and really dig into this book.

Categories: Books Colorwork Inspirations NaBloPoMo


4 replies

    1. I love her sock books, even though I don’t actually own them yet. : This mitten book is phenomenal, if you’re obsessed with mittens, like me. šŸ˜€

  1. You should see this out of print Latvian mitten book I tracked down last year – inspiration for the next millennium! There is nothing wrong with a healthy obsession with stranded mittens! (Alternately, you’re in good company.)

    1. Did you talk about this book on your blog? This feels very familiar to me. And it is good to know that I am not alone in this obsession, though I feel like your partly to blame for it. šŸ˜€

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