It’s inspired by the fabulous attire worn by aviators around the turn of the 20th century and motorcycle gear of today — fitted, textured leather and sturdy securing straps translated into knitwear… with some fine detailing as an homage to the age of the Victorians. I definitely have plans to knit up another set for regular fall and winter wear. I think the mitts will look pretty awesome with a certain cape I’ve been eyeing on http://anthropologie.com.
My sample is knit up in two absolutely stunning colours of Bugga! Oak Timberworm (the dark one) and Owl Moth (the light one). You’ll have to visit their pattern page to see the colours in their best light, along with all the other fabulous and beautifully styled fall patterns. (I have to say, this is one of the best pattern collections I’ve come across. If they wanted to release the whole fall collection as a book, I’m pretty sure I’d be among the first to preorder… it goes without saying that I’m totally honored to be a part of it!)
It comes in 4 sizes for both the hat and mitts to fit most men and women (although if you’re trying to knit a pair for, say, Rick Fox, I’m not sure even the largest mitt size would accommodate his huge hands). It’s a quick knit (I finished my sample, including swatching and frogging and swatching and knitting and frogging and reknitting and writing the pattern in about 3 weeks); the mitts are easily done by an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter; the hat requires a bit more skill and patience but is also pretty straightforward in terms of construction.
And the very best part? Looking forward to seeing what knitters do with this pattern. I’m really looking forward to seeing some of these out in the wild!