Meet Axis (and be sure to read to the end for a special price). A few months ago I needed a quick project for Christmas gifts. While pondering my options and looking for yarn, I came across my button stash and immediately starting thinking about how I could them. I’m all for getting the most bang for my effort and hoped I could come up with something simple to knit and practical to wear, and then add fun and interest with buttons.
I’m pretty happy with what I came up with. What do you think?
(worked in Black Magic with 8 misc. buttons)
The mitts are worked flat, with increases for the thumb and a slight slant. Once the body is finished, you work the thumb, add buttons and seam them up. Practically instant satisfaction.
(worked in Stormy Weather with 6, 1/2 inch antler buttons)
This is a great project for beginners looking to practice increases and decreases. And for those who don’t need any practice the mitts are a great group or especially exciting TV project.
I almost never have time to knit without interruption or ten other things on my mind, so I love a project I can keep track of no matter how scattered my brain, but not so basic I lose interest (I know I always say this, but it so true!). These captured my attention so well I knit six pair.
At 200 yards, or less, of worsted weight Axis is also a great way to use up leftovers or small balls of yarn. Of course I think Twisted is a fantastic yarn and recommend it, but just about any sturdy (remember it’s on your hands a will get roughed up) substitute will do. The pattern comes in three sizes for flexibility and was written to be easy to add or remove stiches so you can switch yarns and customize the size.
If you decide to give Twisted a try you can get 3 pair of mitts (ok not 3 large but any other combo of sizes) from a single skein, or have plenty of yarn to make the mitts and a matching hat or scarf. Pretty good deal if you ask me.
(worked in Jade with 6 flower buttons – sorry no idea where I got them)
To celebrate I’m offering Axis at 50% off this weekend only. The promotion end at midnight Sunday Feb. 12th, 2012 Pacific time. I hope you like it!
Materials: 170 - 200 yds per pair or 1 skein Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted (100% merino; 226g/560 yds per skein). Shown in Jade, Stormy Weather, and Blackbird.
US size 8 (5 mm) needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
12 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) buttons
Gauge: 22 sts and 22 rows over 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch
Finished Measurements: 7 3/4 [8 3/4, 9 1/2] inches (20 [22, 24] cm) at widest point, laid flat and before seaming
7 1/2 inches (19 cm) length