A few years back during the Christmas holiday, I knitted this mitten and cap set for a charity mitten tree. It was my first try at knitting mittens and I fell in love with them. Aren't they cute!
That year, the charity provided a pattern for folks who wanted to knit or crochet. My friend thought it would be great fun to knit a set for the tree, so she got the pattern, picked up some yarn and set out to knit up the set. She didn't know how to knit - did I mention that?
Several phone calls, emails and a video chat later, she "gifted" me the yarn. The pattern, I'm told, had an unfortunate accident involving a fireplace. I didn't ask questions.
I have knitted sweaters, scarfs and afghans before. My mom taught me to knit and every time I pick up a set of needles, I remember those lessons and I think about how I am carrying on a tradition that goes back - well, forever. I even did a pair of socks once, but I never knit a mitten. It's the thumbs. They scare me! Increasing, decreasing - all without making holes. I was intimidated - but my friend needed me.
Fortunately, the internet provided me with a good pattern. I found a pre-war 1940's classic mittens and cap pattern that was perfect. Sturdy, washable, durable and most importantly cute! I knitted them up during my commute and got them to the mitten tree on time. A few weeks later, I saw a little girl playing out in the snow wearing my mittens and cap. Lovely!
Well, I showed that picture to my little sister - and ever since then, she has been begging me to make her a set of mittens. How can I say no to my little sister? So this Fall when I went to the Sheep & Wool Festival, I picked out some hand-spun wool for a pair of mittens just for her. And this weekend, I started knitting.
So here is the first mitten, sis. I hope you like it. I think it really fits your personality!
Great flexibility in the thumb for when you go snow-shoeing with the pups.
The happy/playful look...
Shy and demure...
Oh! Where's the thumb?
There it is!
Note the fancy braided cast-on - and stranding inside for double insulation.
The delicate stripes on the cuff really set off the checks, don't you think?
So I made up the pattern. It's based on the 1940's pattern from the first pair of mittens, with a bit of a tumvante Gudmundstjärn pattern mixed in. Yes - a Swedish mitten pattern (in Swedish no less, but they were so adorable that I had to translate it). They should keep you toasty warm.
Now I just have to finish the second one...