Austen Traveling Mitts

More stash-busting Harry Potter knitting! Except this time it’s Jane Austen knitting. This month’s theme in the Huffletainment thread (Hufflepuff entertainment) is Austen, so I chose these romantic-y fingerless mitts as a tie-in for my Muggle Studies project. The assignment is to craft something that would help a Muggle stay warm while traveling, and these seemed appropriate for the romantic heroine of an Austen novel.

Austen Traveling Mitts

While I was working on these, I dove into the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice as a vlog. It’s been years (decades, probably) since I read it, but I’ve seen several movie versions and I remember the basic gist. I may re-read it sometime soon now that I’m immersed in the story.

Austen Traveling Mitts

So these mitts turned out okay, but just okay. I’m quite pleased with the look of the colorway- I like the way it knit up with one color bleeding into the next, and I like the fact that each mitt is different color-wise. However, the fiber content of this yarn is mostly acrylic, and it just doesn’t have the give and take that wool does (as called for in the original pattern). The thumb is also a bit small for me, and only half because of the bind-off. I would make the thumb larger the next time, by at least a few stitches. The ruffle also didn’t turn out very ruffle-y in this yarn.

Austen Traveling Mitts

Still, a fun project that I enjoyed working on. If anyone would like these, comment away!

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