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 (available on Ravelry and Payhip).
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 (available on Ravelry and Payhip).
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 (available on Ravelry and Payhip). 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.