Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 309 – Wynter Mittens

I recently knit a pair of mittens in worsted-weight Liberty Wool. It took one evening for each mitten. I wonder how quickly I could make another pair in brand-new Wynter, a bulky superfine alpaca/wool blend and colorful cousin to undyed Blackthorn.

These mittens have that Charlie Brown look, but the variations are endless:

  • A light/dark combination in the same hue, such as light blue and dark blue.
  • A light-colored zig-zag on a dark background (perfect if the wearer struggles to keep them clean!).
  • Made in the undyed shades of Blackthorn (interchangeable with Wynter). Or a Blackthorn/Wynter combination, like grey and gold, or brown and pink...
  • With a few stripes instead of the chevrons.
  • Worked in a solid color, which would knit up even faster.

This pattern is so simple that it will become your go-to mitten formula for playing with color and patterns.

Meg Myers

View Susan’s designs on Ravelry

(file size: 784 KB; published September 17, 2013)

The Yarn


50% Superfine Alpaca • 50% Wool

Wynter is a super soft alpaca and wool blend. The superfine alpaca makes garments soft and warm while the wool gives it strength. This yarn is perfect for a big chunky sweater that knits up quickly, a throw that anyone would want to snuggle under or accessories to keep you toasty. All designs in Wynter can also be knit in MountainTop Blackthorn, Wynter's undyed counterpart.

More designs in Wynter

We photographed these designs on a brisk, snow-covered day. While the models' goal was to look comfortable in every shot, when wearing some of the thinner yarns they worked to hide their shivers. However, when they donned the Wynter designs, their relief was palpable. I can confidently say that this yarn is as warm as it looks.

(clockwise from the top left) Nukka is a long vest with colorwork across the center and buckles on the front; Akna pairs simple lace and cables in a figure-flattering A-line shape; Sakari begins with the saw-tooth edging then the wrap is shaped with short rows in a second color; Anyu is a beret knit tightly for warmth with a loop at the top; Panik is decorated with honeycomb stitch panels and has a tall collar that can be worn open or buttoned for a snug fit; Koko has a detached buttoned cowl with the same large cables that adorn the cardigan's patch pockets.

Look for the Wynter pattern booklet at your LYS or purchase the patterns individually online.

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