Awhile back Knit Picks did a call for subs for their upcoming Fall 2013 collection. None of my submissions made it into that, but they did ask if they could use some of them for other collections. Of course I said YES!
So here are my Arrow Mitts & Hat for the Wool of the Andes booklet.
These mitts and hat are great for beginners in stranded knitting. Like all my stranding projects that I consider beginning-stranding-friendly, the motif is simple, with no long floats, and easy to memorize over each round. The worsted weight wool is also great to work with if you just want to focus on stranding rather than worrying about a smaller gauge AND stranding.
The motif is strong, graphic & punchy; you can have a lot of fun with color choices. (It would also be a nice motif to use in other projects: pillows, throws, along the border of a sweater, and so on.)
The picot hems & brim add a bit of femininity. If you wanted to make these unisex, just sub in ribbing instead.
The mitts also feature an anatomically correct, offset thumb gusset (makes the fit so comfy!).
The slouchy hat is worked up from the picot brim to the crown. The decreases also give a strong graphic line for added impact.