London Craft Guide Project: Waterloo Mitts

We had a question early on in the planning of the London Craft Guide when thinking about the number of projects to have: could we include one from ourselves? We decided that since the London Craft Guide was our book, we not only could our own design, and we definitely should!

Photo credit: Juju Vail

Photo credit: Juju Vail

The Waterloo Mitts were inspired by the Union Jack. You often see many Union Jack flags in London and there's always Union-Jack-everything in the many tourist souvenir shops. We thought it would be great to have a project that used those colours and evoked the feeling of a souvenir but in a more subtle way. 

We worried a bit about colourwork and whether or not it fit our creative brief for being a portable project. Since only two colours are used at a time and there are only three different colours in all we thought we could get away with it. They're also mitts, not a Fair Isle jumper, which helps to keep things more compact!

Photo credit: Juju Vail

Photo credit: Juju Vail

When we're traveling about the city and meeting up to plan the Great London Yarn Crawl or any of our other events you'll often find us with a project bag or two (or three or four!) and something on the needles. Finding and discovering all of these amazing yarn shops and crafty places can be a bit of an occupational hazard. We love seeking out yarn though - whether it's Rachel stumbling over the Dale of Norway factory outlet shop on a Norwegian family holiday to Allison learning about new shops as a yarn sales rep - and we often bring back little souvenirs for each other.

Just like the book, our creative process on the Waterloo Mitts was truly collaborative. We talked about the mitts and the kind of colourwork "look" we were after but also about we wanted to keep things simple. Having to follow a complicated Fair-Isle-esque pattern didn't strike us as being particularly travel-friendly! Since Rachel is a designer she wrote up the pattern and Allison did the test knit - making a few mods along the way that were incorporated into the final pattern.

Our next project following the book will be setting the wheels in motion for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl - we hope you'll save the date and plan to join us on Saturday, September 10th!