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Thanks to a request from an Etsy customer,
I have developed a design for Nordic Mitten Blockers.

Norwegian mitten blocker with holes
The mitten blockers are available at 7 Yaks Design.

 

These Nordic Mitten Blockers are made out of
1/8″ (4mm) acrylic cut-offs from a local plastic manufacturing company.
GO GREEN ūüôā

Also included in the separate blockers for the thumbs are WPI gauges…
I knew you’d like that!

© 2014 7 Yaks Design

Nordic Mitt7

Nordic Mitten Blocker: 3.75″ x 10.75″
Thumb Blocker: 2 3/8″ x 1″

 

Garn Studio is bursting with free patterns for
Nordic mittens and wrist warmers!

Ravelry is heaven for fiberistas!
You can chat on Ravelry too, share ideas, tips and techniques.
It’s easy to lose as much time on Ravelry as Pinterest.

pig mitt
Ravelry puts the FUN in funky.

death mitt

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I had a request for gauntlet blockers too,
which will also work great for blocking wrist warmers!
Included are thumb blockers so they are truly a versatile design.

Gauntlet Blocker:
3.5″ x 15″
(8.89 cm x 38.1 cm)

Thumb Blocker:
2 3/8″ x 1″
(5.08 cm x 2.54 cm)

wrist warmers                                   Quick knit in garter stick for this set!

 

gauntlet

Knit sleeves are the perfect accessory, especially under a jacket, for added warmth!

 

Stash of handspun yarn, no problem!

Left-over yarn from projects, bring it on! 

This pattern will take it all.

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Back in January of 2009 Grace contacted me through Ravelry and asked if I would consider designing gauntlet and mitten blockers. She had finished knitting Bella’s Mittens¬†(free PDF pattern on the blog) and was having trouble blocking them properly. ¬†So I measured my hand and drew up a preliminary design to cut.

It never ceases to amaze me in the design process, where things that percolate in my brain, don’t seem to reach any logical ‘that’s not right’ conclusion. ¬†And it wasn’t just me, I was bouncing ideas off of a friend, and neither one of us saw it coming…

1st Mitten Blocker kna Dog Sweater Blocker

Once the design was cut we both just laughed, because what came out was about the size of a small dog body. ¬†Mind you I don’t have abnormally large hands, but something disengaged in the brain, as it sometimes does, even with 2 brains working on it. ¬†Waste not, want not – I shall call it the first ever Dog Sweater Blocker! ¬†Apparently there isn’t much of a demand for dog sweater blocking, so if you have a particular penchant to blocking, these are still available.

Design Process Round #2 РNext I decided to measure some of my finished knitted mittens and use those for a template.  This was a much better idea and resulted in an improved product.  I like to add functionality to my designs.  My thought process constantly revolves around form and function, so instead of cutting an arbitrary shape, why not have it be something useful, with added value.

Mitten Blocker - Design Phase 2

This blocker design includes WPI gauges for the thumbs, a metric and US knitting needle gauge as well as a diz for spinning!  These were a great hit among knitters who also spin.   After these were out for a bit, I had a request from a customer who loved them but would like a version to narrow the cuff, because in the blocking process, that part of the mitten was being stretched РDuh!  Another brain failure.  It makes you wonder how the design process of the car went through the years.

Mitten Blocker with Narrow Cuff

Not everyone needs or wants all the extra doo-dads that came with this design, so I streamlined it and made a version of the mitten blockers that just has WPI gauges in the thumbs.

Mitten Blocker Featured in Interweave Knits Magazine

To complete Grace’s request for both mitten blockers and gauntlet blockers, I created a much longer version. ¬†These are wonderful for blocking wrist warmers too.

Gauntlet & Wrist Warmer Blockers

Special thanks to Interweave Knits Magazine for featuring my mitten blocker design in their Summer 2011 issue!

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