Project Inspiration: Tecumseh
Tecumseh (named after the 19th century Native American leader) offers us exactly what we're looking for this time of year. We all want to stay cozy (an easy task for the 50/50 blend of alpaca and wool Vista), and we're all attracted to small projects we could finish within a few days. It's also that time of year when we're actively thinking about our holiday gift knitting.... Tecumseh is a design that anyone on your list will appreciate, and *you* will appreciate the fact that the 2 skeins Vista to finish it will only cost you $16. Mittens for everyone!
Tecumseh is available to download for $6.00. It needs 2 skeins (1 in each color) of Vista- which is only $8.
Vista has always been one of our favorites for the chilly seasons. The natural undyed colors are lovely and easy to wear.... Which is useful for accessories such as mittens- since it's likely you'll want to wear them often. The alpaca adds drape and softness to the strong and durable wool, and both fibers work together to be incredibly warm and insulating.
The faux-picot hem on Tecumseh is a cute detail that adds a feminine touch, however it'd be easy to modify the pattern to make it more unisex. The picot hem is created by knitting a row of *K2tog, yo* amid stockinette stitch- which is later folded along the eyelet row and sewn down on the inside of the cuff. If you wanted to omit the picot- you could easily knit a few rows of garter stitch or ribbing instead.
Like most other mitts, you knit Tecumseh in the round from the bottom up. The thumb stitches are placed on scrap yarn and then completed once the main mitten is finished. This pattern is written for double pointed needles, but anyone more comfortable with magic loop could modify.
If making color combos is easy for you- have at it! With Vista's undyed shades it's hard to go wrong. My piece of advice for choosing colors for Tecumseh is to choose a pair with a decent amount of contrast. The colors with closer values will still result in a lovely mitten, however the stripes will not be nearly as visible. Perhaps that's what you want? I put together a few combo ideas that I think would work beautifully...