The Colors of Fall

I bet that you were expecting pictures of the fall foliage and some frost on my pumpkins, weren’t you. Nope. All of those things have been happening (but I most admit, most of the great leafy color has fallen to ground at this point), but what I’m talking about is the fabulous knitting colors that appear like magic at this time of year. I love fall knitting (especially since it is powered by pumpkin spice lattes in my case!) and have been bit by excitement as I pile more yarn into my stash, more patterns into my Ravelry shopping cart (I have 169 patterns in there at the moment…) and power up the needles with cool weather knitting.

Snow on leaves.
Darn. I felt compelled to put in a picture of fall foliage anyways. See what I’m talking about? Look at those colors.!! I must have them in my yarn! 

Last week I finished some cute socks in fall colors during some cold weather with snow outside. I kept pulling them up on my arms to admire the colors and to check on the lace cuff, and I couldn’t help thinking that they would make some cute arm warmers. Hmmm…

Well they almost became arm warmers, but at the end of the day they did manage to become socks. I was, however, completely entranced with the idea of arm warmers that were also mitts with no thumbs. I wanted to be able to pull these things up onto my arms while working in the kitchen, but also able to have over my hands while knitting. Not too tight so I could wear them over long sleeved shirts or gloves. Not too bulky so that I would be able to wear the arm warmers/mitts under sweaters. I wanted warm!! My poor Raynaud’s inflicted hands demanded them.

Ta-daa!! Check these out!

Fingerless Mitts
Look at that.. there’s a pumpkin after all. These are the finished mitts that exactly meet my cold weather needs. Do you like my fall colored table runner? I’ve put out all the Thanksgiving decorations . Did I mention that I love this time of year?

Aren’t those colors great? This is the purple yarn that I showed off in an earlier post. I still have some bright, happy gold colored yarn to use as a contrast; I’m torn whether to use the yarns for a pair of Jelly Roll socks or perhaps brioche stitch cuffs with both colors. Brioche could be fun…

Finished MItt
Are these cute or what? Perfect for my needs. They allow me to use my hands easily while staying warm, but are easy to push up onto my arms while cooking or doing something that involves water (like bathing a certain yellow cat).

Did you glimpse the rosy rust colored knitting below the mitt? That is the sweater that I am working and working on. I just love the feel of the fabric and the pattern is one that I’ve done before so I know that I will love the finished product, but the simple, one-color stockinette demands that I take some breaks into some pattern or color excitement. I keep getting pulled into some socks and mitts, but each shot of cold weather finds me working like a fiend on the sweater again. I hope to have it done by Thanksgiving.

Sweater in progress.
Doesn’t this look nice? This is the Drijfhout sweater by Isabell Kraemer. As you can see, it is knit from the top down and will have a henley type button placket in the front. I plan to use little wooden buttons when I finish it.

Thursday I knitted faithfully on the sweater and got another couple of inches on to the body, but this morning I went hunting for another cute yarn for mitts. Why, look at this! I have some grey yarn with a rainbow strip from Chasing Rabbits that just totally wants to be mitts. It is nagging me somewhat desperately. What is a kindhearted, cold-armed knitted to do?

I cast on, of course!!

This is another Chasing Rabbits yarn in the colorway “Colorful Yarns”, which was created for the LYS where I hang out and knit with my peeps. Pretty cool, huh.

I wrote up the pattern (such as it is…) and placed it in the notes of the Ravelry project page for the arm warmers/mitts. With this second pair I hope to clean up the opening for the thumbhole. Maybe there will be some ribbing around it? Hmmm…

Anyway, if you would like your own pair feel free to check out what I did. Add/subtract stitches to fit your own arm or needs.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

12 thoughts on “The Colors of Fall”

    1. Thanks!

      Not sure about the cat question. MacKenzie managed to get his paws into the sweater picture. The Yellow cat is one that has unfortunate accidents while using the cat box and needs a bath from time to time. Last week he had to have one at 2:30 in the morning. We were both pretty unhappy about that. All is well now and his coat looks wonderful!

    1. Thank you! Every knitter loves praise for the work. 🙂 I do love handwarmers. I have some for outdoor cold weather wear and some like these for wearing in the house. I have some great worsted weight yarn that I’m plotting to make mitts with pockets to put chemical hand-warmer packs into to wear over my gloves…

    1. They are useful. It has gotten cold a little suddenly here, but it comes in fits and starts. One day we will be nice and warm with temperatures in the 70’s, and the next day we drop 30-40 degrees and it is cold and snowing. Ugh!!

  1. I admire how you power through sweater knitting. It’s NAKNISWEMO and I’m tempted to join in as I had failed three years ago. But I’ve totally hedged b/c knitting has not gotten much attention. Your mitts are in a fun colorway. I like how you choose color. The berriness of your sweater is lovely.

    1. I have to admit, I did avoid sweaters for some time because they are so dang stressful! I mean, the worry about fit and gauge, not to mention the time, money and sewing involved. Things turned for me when I found the top down sweaters that allow me to keep trying the sweater on while knitting it so I can make adjustments while I’m working. So much better! Imagine, sleeves that are the right length! I am so pleased with the drape of the Isabell Kraemer sweaters that I am sticking with them for awhile along with Joji Locatelli sweaters that I have in the queue.

      I didn’t know about NaKniSweMo. Dang. Now I have to get it done this month for sure. I wonder if I hurry if I can get another one underway before the month is done. 🙂

  2. Oh, goodness! Love, love, love all these colors. That purple is sumptuous. And what a great idea about having arm warmers you can pull up like sleeves! I’ve never thought of that, but it’s brilliant. I definitely need a pair! 🙂

    1. They are fast and simple knittin. I bet the arm warmers will work while you’re grading papers – you’ll be twice as fast!! Seriously, they are nice while working on the computer. For some reason I always get cold working in the office.

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