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A Hackathon and Some Simple Mittens

December 1, 2016

It is that time you have all been waiting for, holidays with TCK! It has become our tradition to do something special this time of year and 2016 is no exception. Since this has been our year of trying something new we are hosting a knit-along from now until January 17th, a Christmas Hackathon! To kick off this awesome KAL we have a new free pattern, The World’s Simplest Mittens.

Hackathon details:

What is a hackathon you might ask? Well, you take a TCK pattern and you change it in some way to make it your own. Stripe it, change the fair isle, knit it at a wildly different gauge, add a lace panel, adjust a neckline, the possibilities are endless! To enter into our Hackathon, head over to our Ravelry Group. There you can post photos of your finished objects (to enter to win the prize) and chat about hacks. To join in on Intagram tag your pics with #tckhackathon2016. For our Hackathon we have an awesome prize!


My favourite Shepherdess Bag from Anna of Long Way Homestead (@longwayhomestead), yummy candles from Wax and Wool (@waxandwool), a pretty zippered notions bag from Blue Button Sewing (@bluebuttonsewing), Mad Colour from TCK, and 5 skeins of Plucky Sweater in ‘ kissin’ Valentino’ (@pluckyknitter)


On to the Mittens!

I suppose it goes without saying that I am pretty dedicated knitter. A lot of my life revolves around knitting and I knit every day. I love knitting cables and texture and lace, you name it! Sometimes though, you really just need something simple and quick, and so we bring you the latest addition to our collection of free patterns: The Worlds Simplest Mittens.


When my kiddos need a pair of mittens they need them NOW! I never seem to get mittens ready in advance of winter and when Emily told me the same story about Max and his mitten needs I figured we might be on to something! Who doesn’t need a quick simple mitten sometimes? If you need something quick a dive into the stash seems like a good first step, so The World’s Simplest Mittens are written for 4 weights of yarn.


Pattern Details ::: The Worlds Simplest Mittens

toddler (child, adult S, M, L)

fingering weight: 140 (160, 210, 260, 300) yards
DK weight 100 (120, 160, 190, 220) yards
worsted weight: 80 (90, 130, 160, 200) yards
chunky weight: 70 (80, 120, 150, 190) yards

(samples shown in Madelinetosh Tosh DK Twist in ‘tomato’, Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘princess rockstar’, SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in ‘juicebox’ and Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in ‘spanish coin’)


fingering: US #0 / 2mm and US #2 / 2.75mm
DK: US #3 / 3.25mm and US #5 / 3.75mm
worsted: US #5 / 3.75mm and US #7 / 4.5mm
chunky: US #6 / 4mm and US #8 / 5mm
DPNs in both sizes or long circulars for magic loop (or as required to meet gauge)

These mittens are ready for hacking! If you haven’t already joined our hackathon, now is the time! Take this simple pattern and make those mittens your own.


More delicious mittens from TCK:










3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2016 10:06 am

    I am excited to enter! Thanks for your enthusiasm!

  2. noa permalink
    December 1, 2016 3:47 pm

    I cannot wait to join in on this one! I have SO many ideas brewing right now. Can’t wait to pick and cast on. Thanks for doing this!

  3. Kathleen permalink
    December 1, 2016 10:32 am

    I’ve been on the sidelines for many a knit a long-but this is one I can’t resist! So many possibilities, so many people to customize for!! ( next years gifts!) You are so delightfully and colorfully creative- looking forward to seeing others creativity in action!!!

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