Today’s Warm Hands design is one I’m particularly excited to introduce: the Mudra mitts, which are the work of Lana Jois. Lana is an experienced and prolific designer, whose speciality is creating really beautiful lace accessories. You may have knit her lovely Winding Roads shawl from last Autumn’s Interweave, or admired her many gorgeous and delicate self-published designs such as Rising to the Occasion. Lana hands do many amazing things: knitting and designing knitwear, sewing garments and other items both useful and beautiful, as well as performing the important work of healing and caring for others in the medical field in which she works. All of us involved in this project have spent a long time thinking about hands in various ways – about what hands do, and what hands represent. Lana has a particularly nuanced sense of this, and the name of her design – Mudra – is a word rich with handy symbolic associations. Here’s Lana to tell you more about herself and her contribution to the book.
“Most of my average day is spent at the hospital where I work. But no matter how busy the day, I always (optimistically) carry a project bag with my current WIP and work on it whenever possible. There are days when I can’t get it out at all, but knowing that my knitting is waiting for me is very reassuring.”
“I’m inspired by many things. Architecture inspires me greatly – buildings, bridges, wrought iron gates, intricately carved wooden furniture… I’m also excited by different methods of construction and I’m always experimenting with those.”
“Because Warm Hands is a collaboration of designers from all over the world, I decided to draw inspiration from my own cultural background.”
“Here in India, decorating one’s hands with intricate patterns using a plant-based paste called Mehndi or Maruthani is a traditional art form and that seemed like the perfect place to start. I knew I wanted to use lace (my favourite) and texture to “decorate” my hands.”
“I must have doodled a hundred sketches before brainstorming the construction and pattern details for the ones that looked good, then swatched for a few of them. The one that finally made the cut is my favourite and luckily, Jeanette and Kate loved it too!”
“The mitts have an all over pattern of delicate cable-like stitches, flowing into leafy motifs – not just a panel . . . ”
“I particularly enjoyed the challenge of getting the pattern repeats to work over two sizes while carrying the design on to the thumb”
“Hands that give care and comfort to others deserve love, attention, and looking after”
“When you knit for your hands, you decorate them, and you look after them.”
“I hope many knitters enjoy decorating and caring for their hands when they make the Mudra mitts!”
I love how Lana’s use of texture and lace really makes the yarn sing. Thankyou, Lana, for a design of such extraordinary elegance and thank you, Fenella for modelling. It seemed particularly fitting to have an Indian Scot represent this collaboration between an Indian designer and a Scottish publisher.
Warm Hands book
Mudra Mitts pattern on Ravelry
Mudra Mitts yarn pack (this is one of several designs in the collection that can be made with less than 2 skeins of Milarrochy Tweed, at a cost of just £9.00)
WOW, that palm shaping is amazing. and of course in one of my favourite colours! Very cleverly done. Mudra…..a hand hold we use in meditation. Nice.
Thanks for introducing us (or at least, me) to another wonderful designer. I will definitely be ordering the book — I plan to use these patterns to work through some of my fiber/handspun stash!
Gorgeous! I’ll be making these!
Absolutely beautiful indeed – I was waiting for one more super special pattern to convince me to get the book – this is the one.
It is a treat to see each of the designs introduced, Kate.
I must say that these mitts are absolutely my favorites. The intricacy of the design yields beauty that will enhance any hands fortunate enough to don them.
It is so inspiring, also, to learn about Lana’s other work.
Best wishes for the New Year.
Absolutely beautiful, so elegant and “knitterly”—and that beautiful stole she’s wearing!
Those are beautiful!!!!
This collection goes from strength to strength. The Mudra mitts, with the way the leaves grow from the ribbing, are elegant indeed.
The name is significant too, in that mudras are harmed gestures or positions that can be used in relieving physical symptoms in traditional Indian medicine, yoga for/by the hands if you like. There is a very good book, in English, appropriately titled ‘Mudra’ for anyone interested.
Miserable auto-correct… hand gestures. The book is by Gertrude Hirschi.
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These mittens and Lana”s story are just wonderful..and the photographs are stunning.
This pattern is beautiful!!
I love the way that shaping and pattern combine in these mitts – simply gorgeous
Exquisite, my favourite design so far.
Absolutely gorgeous <3
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These mitts are absolutely beautiful and perfect for an Australian winter.
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