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2020 Makers’ Advent Calendar

Welcome to those of you finding your way here from #MakersAdvent20! Some of you might remember this event from last year, when a group of designers spearheaded by Handknit by Kam decided to give a little gift to the fiber community in the form of a free pattern each day for 12 days—our version of a little Advent calendar to celebrate the holiday season.

Well, we’re back, and it’s my turn to share! For one day only (that’s today, December 7, 2020), you can download a free copy of the Macaron Mitts here from my blog.

[NOTE: Thank you for visiting! The free download period has ended, but you can find these mitts and many other patterns on Payhip, Etsy, and Ravelry. Happy stitching.]

About the Makers’ Advent

In late 2019, a group of us knit and crochet designers were chatting about how it had been a hard year for so many in the fiber community. We wanted to do a little something to cheer everyone up and give back to the community that has supported us so much. After a little puzzling, we settled on a small free Advent calendar, where each of us would contribute one free pattern each day for 12 days.

It was a resounding success and lots of fun, too—so fun, in fact, that a group of us kept in touch and decided we wanted to do it again this year. After checking our pattern archives and recruiting some new designers to join our ranks, we pulled together the Makers Advent 2020 and kicked things off on December 1.

Here are links to find all the other participating designers on Instagram:

About the Macaron Mitts

In the pantheon of baked goods, few things are as splendid as a well-executed macaron. It’s light with a slightly crispy exterior, filled with just the right amount of ganache, and delicately flavored without being overpowering. If I’m honest, that’s how I prefer my desserts: delicate and understated.

The Macaron Mitts are meant to be an echo of all those good things. They’re knit in a fingering weight yarn so that, once you put them on, they’re almost weightless. The detail is delicate and just fiddly enough that when you get it right, you can feel proud of yourself.

S, M, L

Finished mitt circumference 7 (7.5, 8) inches /18 (19, 20.5) cm

Fingering weight yarn, 150 (170, 190) yards / 138 (156, 174) meters

4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1 (2.25 mm)

Three stitch markers
Two pieces of waste yarn for holding thumb stitches
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Adventurous beginner to intermediate
Techniques: increases, decreases, twisted stitches, knitting in the round

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