There's a new Wiksten pattern in the shop! Cozy Purl Ridge Mittens. You can find it on Ravelry here too. These would make great holiday gifts, since they're so quick to knit up in the Aran weight yarn. Isn't there something lovely about the idea of warming the hands of your loved ones?
I love how these mittens fit, especially the "afterthought" thumb. I really prefer this thumb constructions to a gusset thumb because I just think it's more comfortable to wear. The purl ridges give these mittens a lovely cushy texture, but the simple pattern looks good in Stockinette stitch too (even better with stripes). Or you could always add custom touches of your own, such as cables, bobbles, or Fair Isle. Whether you're looking for a good basic mitten pattern to learn mittens for the first time or whether you're an advanced knitter wanting to add some design elements, this is a good place to start.
I've taught a couple of classes using this pattern over the last two months so I could test it out on some beginners and see what they had trouble with. I ended up adding some photos to the instructions as well to illustrate some of the trickier steps, such as getting the mittens started on DPN's and setting up the thumb.
Also, there's one pair of handmade mittens left in the shop! I'll be adding a few more goodies next week...