1.06.2011

Oak Grove


I'm happy to say that my Oak Grove pattern is now available for purchase.


In the area I live, I am surrounded by oak trees at every turn. In fact, the house I grew up in has an oak tree grove in the front and back of it. I spent many hours of my childhood collecting acorns, leaves and moss while playing outside. 

The above picture was taken against the very old oak right in front of my parents house. 


Considering my history with oak trees, and my obvious love for knitted leaves, this seemed like a perfect pairing. I love the texture of these mitts. How the leaf is embossed looking, as though it is sitting on top of the knitted fabric. Its very simple yet striking.



As you can see, the pattern is shown in 2 different yarns and versions. There is the brown fingerless mitt version knit up in Becoming Art Cielo Sport in the Sunlit Amber colorway. 
Its such a rich cozy color. I just love it. 

If you love it too, you can order kits for Oak Grove through the Becoming Art website here.

The green fingerless glove version is knit from The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! yarn in the color Gladiator Katydid. What a spectacularly soft yarn this was to work with. And this color is also divine. 
It is hard to pick a favorite for sure. 

The fingerless glove version is not hard to knit, but definitely takes more concentration. Beginners would probably enjoy knitting up the fingerless mitt version the best. Its quicker and easier.



Here is the pattern information for those of you who are interested in knitting up some Oak Grove mitts of your very own:

SIZE 
Women’s Medium 
(Note: For smaller hands and wrists go down a needle size for a tighter fit.)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Width: 7”/ 18 cm around 
Length: 7”/ 18 cm (fingerless mitt version) 6.5”/ 16.5 cm (fingerless glove version)

MATERIALS 
Brown Mitt Version: Becoming Art Cielo Sport 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 256 yd/234m per 4oz skein; color: Sunlit Amber; 1 skein or approx 150 yds/137 m of a sport weight wool or wool blend.

Green Glove Version: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! 70% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Cashmere, 10% nylon; 412 yd/376m per 4oz skein; color: Gladiator Katydid; 1 skein or approx 150 yds/137 m of a sport weight wool or wool blend.
Alternate Yarns: Madelinetosh Pashmina, Classic Elite Fresco, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light
1# set of US3/3.25mm double pointed needles 
Stitch marker 
2 Stitch holders 
Cable needle 
Tapestry needle



Pattern now available in French! Click here for the French translation.

Enjoy! :)








31 comments:

Ariane said...

First comment!
Congratulations on the pattern release! I am very happy to see an original fingerless glove pattern. The oak leaf detail is amazing!

Lucy said...

I love how the leaf looks like sitting on top of the mitts (or gloves), too.

AudKnits said...

Oh dear. I have such a weakness for all things oak - I can't wait to make about a dozen of these beautiful mitt/gloves. Beautiful!

FlauschiOhren said...

Absolutely wonderful!! I'm always looking for patterns with leaves or patterns inspired by nature in general. And oak leaves are just so very very pretty. Great job!!

Katrina said...

Congratulations Alana! They are absolutely beautiful. The only problem for me is - as always - how to get hold of the fantastic yarns you use in the UK. Does anyone have any ideas? I would love to knit both versions in the exact yarns you used.

Judy said...

Congrats on the beautiful pattern!

Bonnie said...

These are beautiful. I can't decide what I like more, the actual pattern or that YARN!!!

Suzanne said...

Those are beautiful. I always love listening to your podcasts and seeing your knits because you introduce me to yarn that is beyond the scope of my usual suspects plus it makes me sound so smart when I go to my LYS. :-) Those are both beautiful samples.

Julie said...

oh WOW! these are easily one of the most stunning fingerless mitt designs I've ever seen. I absolutely love this design!! Brilliant!!

Catalina said...

gorgeous! thank you!

sp-rono said...

красивые митенки!Схему листочка можете увеличить?

CU@5 said...

You wrote a very beautiful pattern! The leaf motif is adorable!

paws said...

So pretty!

sp-rono said...

прошу прощения за свою просьбу. Я не увидела, что описание платное. Митенки - супер!

Stitched With Love . . . . said...

Gorgeous!

Kathy said...

I love your nature inspired patterns. I have a couple hats that are up but would love some fingerless gloves for driving to work in the morning. A new pattern - what a great way to start the new year.

mmelabonté said...

Really lovely! I love knits with a story behind them. Congratulations on your new pattern!

Ann said...

Love this beautiful pattern. My elderly Mum loves mitts as her hands are always cold. We have a beloved ancient oak tree our front garden so she will love the design of these - as do I and will knit us a pair each.

Shantiananda said...

Oh Alana you have outdone yourself! This is my favorite one of your designs so far - Winter is coming up here in Australia and I will definitely be making a pair of these for myself! Well done gorgeous!

Rosalía said...

looks pretty! great design!

Jelly Wares said...

Wow!!! These are just gorgeous!!!
I can't wait to whip myself up a pair this coming Winter here in Oz...

Hugs - Jodie :)

Maryse said...

They are so beautiful! Both versions as you say! Great idea to indicate alternate yarns (very useful)!

A Life of Knitting said...

Oh WOW!!!

I love these!!

Janet said...

These are so beautiful! I love how you often use nature themes in your designs. I am excited about the kit...just ordered it!

Knitting is Gluten Free said...

I purchased the pattern today and cast on . . . I love this pattern and am excited to see it come to life as I knit it.

PS: I enjoy your podcasts, too.

Tinkie said...

Oh Alana...how lovely! I just placed my order for the kit...in the Driftwood colorway...I can't wait to dive in! Such a unique design...keep 'em coming!
bobeppie@att.net =)

Lene said...

Beutiful!

Kuninganna said...

Thank You very much!!!!

Val said...

Yes! I'm going to buy it right now!

Emily said...

Oh, you make me want to try fingerless mitts! They are on my list of things to do, but instructions for them don't make sense to me yet.

Maeven said...

Just bought the pattern, so excited. Can't wait to get home to see what stash I have that will work. Love your podcasts!