Pat's Knitting and Quilting
January 12, 2009
Warm stranded worsted weight mittens - practical in every way! On my quest to knit at least one pair of mittens from each of my pattern books this winter, Striped Mittens are my choice from Favorite Mittens. Alternating 2 colors and ALWAYS carrying the same color on top/bottom creates ridges that look like one color has been knit above the other - looks kind of like corduroy. There is no "jog" in the vertical striped pattern and Robin's different method of increasing keeps the stripes continuing on the thumb gore. The mitts can be worn on either hand - no right/left to worry about. You can imagine how warm they are with the dense stranding inside!
Pattern: "Striped Mittens" from Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen
They had been worn for a few days, before I realized I hadn't taken an "off the hands" picture - still looking good!
Next mittens are from Folk Knitting in Estonia - "Maimu's Mittens". After an ill fated attempt (I had tried using KP Telemark, but that is a VERY heavy dense sport weight yarn - at 103 yards in 50 grams, I think they just twist their worsted weight tighter and sell it as sport weight - and they were way too stiff), I came up with a great yarn combination - Silja/Mt. Colors Bearfoot/Lorna's Laces Sport which are all heavy fingering/light sport weight.
Just look at that cool cuff! A double start cast on followed by YO braids, colorwork, and little nupped flowers - I LOVE it! The hand pattern is not easily memorized, at least for me, so theses mittens are slated for "pay attention" knitting time.
A finished quilt coming next ...