Hollow Shades by Shelby Hamden

Hollow Shades

January 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 4 - 3.5 mm
180 - 200 yards (165 - 183 m)
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Tools Needed:
Needles Size US 4 / 3.50 mm (either double pointed or long magic loop will work!) or the appropriate needles to meet gauge. Remember to swatch in the round!
2-3 stitch markers
1 skein of DK weight yarn (you’ll use between 155-190 yards/ 142-174 meters) I used a skein of Castaway DK from Stranded Dyeworks, which is a now discontinued base, but the dyer Amy has assured me that both her Merino DK and BFL DK are perfect substitutes!
Yarn Needle & Scissors
A small bit of waste yarn, about 10” / 25cm

I never really expected to need mittens where I live, in South East Texas, the big ol’ city of Houston. However, about six months after I published Canterlot, the fingerless gloves from this same collection, it snowed in Houston, on two separate occasions.
Now, being a Minnesota girl living in Houston for now nearly five years, I know full well how to handle the cold, it’s just the unpreparedness of the situation left me hanging. I pulled on my fingerless gloves and took to the task of scraping ice off the windshield of our minivan. I kept taking breaks to warm my fingers because ice and snow is just so, extremely, COLD.
I wished then that I had a pair of proper mittens. When my good friend Atlas suggested several months ago that they would like to see me design a mitten pattern for this collection, I agreed instantly.

From that, Hollow Shades was born. I incorporated the lace cuff and a tiny row of lace butterflies, but omitted the allover lace, because I knew I wouldn’t want that many easy portals for snow to make contact with my skin. I couldn’t believe how much I loved what I was creating and am so excited to bring you this super fun and quick mitten design!

Just like the original fingerless version, there is no cabling, very simple lacework, and the majority of the pattern is using the knit stitch (very little purling!) The glove is meant to fit somewhat snug and is “One Size” so if you’re at the higher end of the measurement, the glove will fit more snugly but you can easily adjust this to fit by going up a needle size from gauge. (So if you get gauge with US 3 needles and want a slightly looser fit, use the US 4!)

Since this was inspired originally by the Canterlot gloves, and would be included with the Social Butterfly collection, which for the most part is a little tribute to my love of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Series, I wanted to give it a fitting name. Hollow Shades is a little village not too far from Canterlot, nestled in under a forest canopy behind Foal Mountain. Because it’s assumed that Hollow Shades receives very little sunlight, I thought it would be the perfect name for mittens, which are most useful in the winter, when there are less sunlight hours.

As usual, I must give a huge thanks to the people who make my designs worthy of publishing, this time to my friend Atlas who quickly checked & tested this for me, pointing out my general errors (of which I can never escape, no matter how many patterns I draft.)