Last year, I designed my Starlight Mountains Mittens for a friend who frequently goes hiking in the Rockies. I wanted to knit up a landscape to match those he might see on just such a hike – a lake slightly ruffled by a breeze, a mountain range, a few wisps of cloud, and a beautiful sky full of stars.
The stitch pattern I used for the palm of the mittens always makes me think of what all those stars would look like reflected on the lake at night. It’s such a pretty stitch pattern that I thought it deserved to be featured on its own. Thus, the Starlight Mountains Hat was born.
The stitch pattern I used for the back of the mittens puts me in mind of my own adventures with mountains in the starlight. When I lived in Japan, I got the chance to go to the top of Mount Rokko in Kobe at night. It was an absolutely stunning view, but, try as I might, I just couldn’t get a good picture of it with the camera I had with me. Eventually, I gave up and just looked at the view, trying to soak the beauty into my memory. The Starlight Mountains Cowl design is a reminder of that gorgeous, uncapturable moment.
These designs are all inspired by the nighttime beauty of mountains and all feature mosaic knitting. Haven’t tried mosaic yet? Don’t worry – each pattern includes a detailed tutorial about the technique as well as written-out versions of all charts used. These mountains are safe to climb!
The Starlight Mountains Mittens, Hat, and Cowl are all available separately but I recommend checking out the Starlight Mountains Mosaics ebook for the best deal. With the ebook, you get all 3 patterns for the price of 2! Hooray!
Techniques Used with Tutorials Provided:
Malabrigo Yarn Rios
(Worsted / 10 ply; 100% superwash merino wool; 210 yd 192 m per 100 g skein)
Main Color (MC): Pearl
Contrast Color (CC): Azul Profundo
US 7 / UK 7 / 4.5 mm
These patterns have been tech edited and test knit.
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