I had no idea how much grief these avocados would cause me. After making the papayas I assumed that knitting up a pair of avocado mittens would be a breeze! I was wrong.
I used a golden rust color of MacAusland’s for the mitt with the pit. I had thought that a darker color green would translate for the corresponding pitless avocado mitten but once I knitted it up I realized it did not translate! I toyed with the idea of embroidery but decided that it also would not be best since the embroidery would atop the knitting and thus it would not translate as a crevice. I tried swatching a bubble-wrap type bubble that did not bubble unless it was within the fabric of many other bubbles. I thought I had finally landed on the simplest solution: purl the pit.
It just didn’t work. Jimmy asked if it would work the other way around and I could hardly stand the thought. But the truth was right there. Of course! And now it has created an interesting stitch play amongst the pair of mittens. The pitless area is worked in knit stitches and the remaining avocado flesh is done is purl.
So here they are! Siblings to the papaya mittens I posted not too long ago. I’m sharing the pattern and I would love it if you gave them a try. I will warn you though that these are not for the faint of heart.
Finding the right color for the avocado flesh felt like a unicorn hunt. It’s so easy to fall in love with all the yarns in a yarn shop but when you’re looking for something specific it’s easy to be disappointed.
When you make these mittens feel free to try different colors or even (gasp) dye your own? I think a carrot top dye could lend itself nicely to avocado flesh. I want to hear about any of the modifications you might try! Perhaps you DO try a different color for the pitless side. Maybe you decide against the lining. Maybe you decide against the very busy pattern around the avocado. Try all stripes. Try some salt & pepper. Whatever you do – Please share!
As for the pattern itself – Feedback is more than welcome. This is my very first shared pattern and I hope to do more.