Passport Mitts Revealed

The second FO I have to share today is my first pair of Passport Mitts! I’ve posted here before about this pattern and the designer, but I want to say a little more. Specifically, if you’re looking for an awesome and supportive group of people to “hang out” with on ravelry, please go check out the group at Carol E. Herman Designs. Carol (cehermanator) and many of the group members have been so welcoming to me that, even though I hadn’t yet knit any of her designs, I still felt comfortable just jumping in and chatting with people. There’s currently a KAL going on for the Passport Mitts. It’s the first time I’ve participated in one, and it’s been really fun so far! It just started a couple of days ago so there’s plenty of time to come join in if you’d like. There’s great chatting, camaraderie and some awesome prizes!

The rundown

Pattern: Passport Mitts by Carol E. Herman (psst–one of my photos is featured on the pattern page!)

Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Inca Alpaca in Navy Heather, about 168 yards

incaalpacaSize made: Women’s small

Needles: US2 and 3

Techniques used: Tillybuddy’s very stretchy cast on

Modifications: Only one. I added one extra row of K1P1 rib at the beginning as that is what works best with that particular cast on.

Ravelled: Here.

The pretty

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Not only would I make this pattern again in a heartbeat, I have yarn picked out for the next pair. I’m planning to use Ella Rae Lace Merino DK in orange.

IMG_3335_mediumI haven’t decided yet if the orange will be for me or for a gift for someone else. The only thing I would do differently next time is bind off a little tighter. I know, I know, tight bind offs are the enemy! But I did these a smidge on the loose side. I will be sending these off to my mom soon but in the meantime I might have been wearing them a little 🙂 I love the way the thumb gusset is constructed–it looks so sharp and finished. The cables remind me a little of how sand ripples under the water in the Gulf of Mexico. So pretty!

I wish I had enough of the Inca Alpaca left to make a second pair. If I make the small size again and skip one cable repeat, I could probably just swing it. It’s really soft and silky but still strong and substantial and I love the colorway. I would call it more of a midnight blue than a navy. It has strands of white and turquoise in it that are really pretty and make it interesting close up.

In all, this is a great pattern to add to my repertoire! It was a quick knit and I’m hoping to make at least another pair or two this year.



  1. Stefanie · October 5, 2015

    Ooh, these look very cozy! The length is great. I like the peachy color slated for the next pair.

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  2. Bekki Hill · October 5, 2015

    I’ve not made these but they do look a lovely pair of mitts 🙂

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  3. Laura · October 6, 2015

    The yarn and the design are beautiful!

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  4. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · October 6, 2015

    Super cool! I’ve been wanting to try cables and this might be the perfect project to try out! Congrats on the project page pic. It always thrills me when mine are chosen and I’m sure it did you too 🙂

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    • alexand knits · October 6, 2015

      This would be a great first cable project. The cable rows are all identical. Also, if you use a less hairy yarn than I did, it would be pretty easy to anticipate the pattern based on previous rows.

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  5. Carol E. Herman · October 6, 2015

    Your mitts are beautiful! Thanks for your kind words and for “hanging out” with us in the Ravelry group. 🙂
    Do you mind if I reblog your post in a few days??? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  6. soknitsome · October 7, 2015

    Great mitts!

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  7. Carol E. Herman · October 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on knit equals joy and commented:
    Hi all! I hope you’ll take a moment to read this lovely post by Alex. She’s joined in the Passport MItts knitalong on Ravelry and has already finished her first pair of mitts! The next pair is in an orange colorway, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Alex is a wonderful knitter and blogger; enjoy her post! 🙂


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