Mill Run Mitts
There is something special about working with a rare breed yarn like Leicester Longwool. When I saw the laceweight that Ross Farm had in their booth, I could not resist it. The resulting fabric is even nicer that I expected and is surprisingly soft given how rustic it looks. But if you are not one to wear rustic wool on your wrists, I'm hard pressed to imagine any laceweight yarn that wouldn't work well with this pattern. The alpaca version is super soft and warm, without being heavy. The color changes and textured stitches keep the project interesting, but the stitch pattern is not complex
Novice crocheters should note that it can be tricky to see where to put your hook until you get into the groove of the project. The mitt cuff is worked flat and crocheted together to make a loop. The remainder of the mitt is worked in the round up from the circumference edge. In addition to common stitches, the pattern uses spike stitches.