Must. Knit. Mittens.
Pattern: Modified Manly Mitts from knitty.com
Yarn : Brown Sheep Nature Spun
Needle Size : US 4 Brittany DPN's (I love these needles)
Started/Finished: November 2005
Once I made mittens for Heather, I had to have some for myself. I very nearly kept the ones I knit for her! They were really warm and I wanted something equally as warm. My hands and feet get really cold.
I also knit these to match a hat and scarf set that I already owned. The mittens match the hat & scarf set wonderfully but since I didn't use 2 color stranded the whole mitten, they are not as warm as I would like them.
The search for the perfect mitten continues.
On Sunday, we celebrated Christmas with my inlaws since we'll be driving to Massachusetts on Friday to spend the holiday with my family. My mother-in-law is a knitter and she gave me Magnificent Mittens as a gift. I must have looked through that book 3 times that night, oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous mittens. I highly recommend the book. You don't have to knit the mittens with the long cuffs like the author does and the book is filled with pretty charts for color work. There are already a couple of designs I'd like to use for a border on a sweater.
I cast on one of the practice mittens from the beginning of the book so I could learn the techniques for these top down mittens on Monday.
I finished it last night :
I really like this one. They are very cleverly constructed from the top down. There are no gusset increases for the thumb so your number of stitches stayes the same throughout the whole mitten so you can use elaborate color patterns on the whole thing. And since the thumb is knitted seperately, you can use the color pattern on the thumb and it makes the thumb look invisible.