Behind the Design: Hidden Love Mittens: Design Inspiration & Yarn + Color Recommendations

The Hidden Love Mittens pattern is a bulky weight pattern featuring an adorable heart on the palm from each hand. The inspiration behind this design started with my With Love, From the North Mittens pattern. After designing that pattern, I decided I wanted to create something similar that didn't require super bulky yarn and didn't require a contrasting color. So, I recalculated this pattern for a slightly lighter yarn, and I used purl stitches instead of the contrasting color for the heart motif!

The yarn that I used for this pattern design is Loops & Threads Impeccable (I buy it from Michael's, and I always get it for at least 40% off because of their sales and coupons!). I highly recommend using either a solid color or a lightly speckled yarn to allow for the hearts to be as visible as possible. However, if you want your heart more hidden, it would still be fun to work this pattern with a busier yarn (multi-color, highly speckled, or variegated yarn). In this post, I will give you some ideas of colors that I would use from the Impeccable line, as well as some other yarns that would work well with this design!

Color Suggestions

The colors that I used are Citron (lime green/highlighter yellow), Teal, and Magenta.


Rich Orchid

Kelly Green




Yarn Recommendations

I've organized these yarn recommendations from cheapest to most expensive, per gram.

Note: I am not affiliated with any of the yarns that I suggest; I am only providing a reference of suggestions for the knitters who wish to knit my pattern. All photos are from the websites I have linked in this post.

For the sake of comparison, here is the information for the Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn that I used:

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic

Weight: 128 grams/285 yards

Price: $3.49 (per 128 grams)

Lion Brand Feels Like Butta

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester

Weight: 275 grams/590 yards

Price: $9.99 (per 275 grams)

Knit Picks Mighty Stitch

Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic/20% Wool

Weight: 100 grams/208 yards

Price: $4.49 (per 100 grams)

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Fiber Content: 100% Wool

Weight: 50 grams/110 yards

Price: $2.99 (per 50 grams)

Knit Picks Upcycle Reserve

Fiber Content: 100% Wool

Weight: 100 grams/219 yards

Price: $6.99 (per 100 grams)

Knit Picks Comfy Color Mist

Fiber Content: 75% Cotton/25% Acrylic

Weight: 100 grams/219 yards

Price: $7.99 - $8.99 (per 100 grams)

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Fiber Content: 100% Wool

Weight: 50 grams/110 yards

Price: $5.99 (per 50 grams)

To perform your own search for affordable bulky weight yarns, here are a couple places to start your search:

Yarn Substitution Website

Knit Picks Website

Webs Website

LoveCrafts Website

Michael's Website

Premier Yarns Website

Have you chosen your yarn and color(s)?! I'd love to hear all about it on Instagram, Ravelry, and/or the comments below! Let me know if you found this resource helpful, and tag me in your makes online!

Interested in seeing more Hidden Love finished projects? Be sure to check out the projects made by other knitters here on Ravelry!

Interested in purchasing/downloading the pattern? The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, PatternVine, and LoveCrafts! Happy Knitting!!

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