First, before I get started with my review I would like to thank Annie’s kit Club for sending me this kit free of charge so that I could write this review. I was curious what the kits would be like and I must say I was pleased when I opened this one.
This club is similar to the Annie’s Hook N Needle club with a small twist. Each kit comes with a charity name for which you can donate your finished project to if you like. Otherwise it can be for your personal use or a gift for a friend.
The cost of each kit is $19.99 plus shipping and handling.
The “Motor City Mittens” kit includes two skeins of medium worsted weight acrylic yarn each aproximately 208 yards, they come in the colors of purple variegated and red/blue/purple variegated. The kit also comes with a pattern pamphlet for a pair of crocheted mittens and a card with information for sending your gift to Mittens for Detroit.
The Donation card not only had the mailing information but also a spot for your personal information and a room for a personal note if you desire to add one.
On the back of the pattern there is more detailed information about the charity of choice.
The mitten pattern was an easy level skill and the instructions were easy to follow.
In order to crochet the mittens I had to use some of my own tools which were a Crochet hook size 9 and a tapestry needle.
There was enough yarn for two pair of mittens.
Here are just a few tips that I thought might help ensure success for your mittens.
1. Use caution since you are making a clothes item. Make sure you take the time to gauge. I know I would hate to crochet a pair of mittens that would never fit any adult because they are just too small.
2. Use a stitch holder to mark the beginning of the round to help remind you where one round begins and another ends.
3. Compare your second mitten to your first occasionally as you work so that you know you are crocheting in the same tension and they will be the same size.
4. The final tip which is suggestion from a reader, Wendy Shepherd, who works with the Mittens for Detroit. Keep in mind that the warmth of the pairs will be increased by tightening your stitches to keep the spaces closer, which will minimize the loss of heat from the hands or the cold air getting in.
I would also like to make a point of saying that unlike the Annie’s Hook N Needle Club this kit is for crocheters only. There was no alternative knitting instructions.
In closing, if you are a person who enjoys crocheting for charities and are looking for some opportunities then this might be a club you would want to check out for a few months and see where it leads.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.