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Mum’s Mittens

Posted by 2ton Inspired on January 18, 2008

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Like I mentioned yesterday, at my moms request I made her a pair of my Fingerless Mittens. Her favorite color is purple and I really like how the contrasting color pops. (I’m taking a color theory class this semester and can’t wait to start applying what I learn to knitting!)

Will anyone be surprised if I said I made a few modifications to my own pattern?

  • Selvage stitch in contrasting color. With my pair, it’s hard to distinguish which hand is which since I didn’t use a selvage stitch and it appears seamless. I’m a stickler for right mitten and left mitten so it’s nice to see the distinction.
  • Shorter and longer. The bottom half (below the thumb) is about 6 rows shorter because I was afraid I would run out of the purple yarn. The top half is 3 rows longer because I wanted the pattern to complete itself and match the bottom. I think it worked out well because my mom did request them to be longer at the fingers.
  • Different increase. I used the M1 tbl on these rather then just adding a stitch. I think I like the added stitch because it makes a little “line” that shows the curve of the thumb.
  • Sewn BO. This method let me tighten the opening. Since the hand narrows towards the fingers it gives a snug fit.

Some other observations:

  • Love the stretch factor.
  • I used almost all of the purple (150 yards). Maybe 5-6 yards left over.
  • These knitted up pretty fast. I would guess about 8 hours each, but I did make a few mistakes and had to rip a few inches out and then I fiddled with the bind off on both for a good hour or so.
  • When I make these again I might try to figure out how to carry the pattern across through the thumbs for a nice seamless look.

How the heck do you take pictures of mittens? I had a heck of a time coming up with poses and the husband kept wanting me to put my hand in unnatural positions. The last picture is my “ugh, just take the darn picture!”


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