Crafter Thoughts: Turtle Mitts

Since I began blogging, the majority of my time is spent developing my own projects, patterns and tutorials. It's a process that can take days or even months, depending on the complexity. So, it's quite a treat when I can just sit down and follow someone else's pattern.

That's why I was so excited when I recently won a pattern/yarn giveaway from Heidi over at Hands Occupied. Not only did I get a copy of her new  knit Turtle Mitts Pattern, she also sent me two skeins of Louet Gems Fingering Weight Yarn, one white and one crabapple.

The color work on these mitts is deceptively simple. The body is made up of a stitch called the Blister Check or Coin Stitch. I love the way the back of the hands have a bumpy texture (like a turtle shell) and the palms are striped. I was able to knit up a set of mitts in just a couple days.
The knit Turtle Mitts pattern by Hands Occupied uses the Coin Stitch or Blister Check Stitch The knit Turtle Mitts pattern by Hands Occupied uses the Coin Stitch or Blister Check Stitch
Since I still had plenty of yarn left, I decided to design my own hat using the blister stitch. I'm not quite finished yet, but **spoiler alert** for my Tucson friends, you just may see this mitt and hat set as a gift at my annual Holiday Hooplah.

Knit Hat using the Coin Stitch or Blister Check Stitch and contrasting colors of yarn

If you're ready to learn a new knitting stitch, here's Heidi's video demonstrating the coin stitch.


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Learning to knit the Coin or Blister Check Stitch with a pattern and video from Hands Occupied.
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