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Carpe Diem Fingerless Mitts (with free socks)

Skill level: Intermediate

Suggested Needle(s): US #1 (2.25 mm)

Sizes Offered: S, M, L, XL

Yarn Weight: fingering


Yardage Required: 180 to 200  yards

Techniques Used: Lace

Promotions:  pattern includes the Carpe Diem Socks, too!

$5.99          $2.99                                     


These charming fingerless mitts and socks make use of the Traveling Vine lace pattern.

The mitts come in 2 sizes and feature garter stitch edges and a thumb gusset. The socks come in 4 sizes (with the smallest size suitable for children).

While these patterns have a high “WOW” factor, care has been taken to keep them accessible to advanced beginners. While something is happening every round of the Traveling Vine pattern, because the lace is only ever worked in the round there are fewer types of stitches required than when worked in rows. Directions for the lace are provided in both written and charted formats. Other areas where the simpler route was taken were the thumb gusset (plain stockinette) and the heel turn (square—only 2 row repeat). Finally, the overall sock construction is standard (gusset and flat toe) but the heel flap garter stitch edges flanking standard heel stitch to add a bit of pizzazz for visual interest.