Knitting super toasty mittens…

Posted by on January 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm.

These mittens are quite deceptive although they are just one layer of worsted weight yarn, they are indeed quite toasty. My daughter loves them!

Toasty mittens to keep little hands covered from the cold.

Toasty mittens to keep little hands covered from the cold.

 

To make them super duper toasty I could have doubled the yarn or knitted a liner for these mitts, but it seems my daughter is plenty warm with these. Gauge was a big help, I used my Hiya Hiya size 3/3.25mm knitting needles which made for densely knitted wool fabric.

If you read my earlier post you know that I started knitting these mittens in yellow, but I’ve decided to use that yarn to knit a super squishy blanket.

Knitting a super soft blanket with washable (merino) wool.

Knitting a super soft blanket with washable (merino) wool.

 

I’m making this blanket with an incredibly soft and washable wool (merino) yarn and it will gradually transition into other colors. If you know how to knit (k) and Slip 1 (s1) you too can make this blanket.

I’m calling this blanket ‘Shades of Autumn‘ since it will gradually merge into other colors. I love Autumn for many reasons, but one thing I regularly look for are the rich and vivid colors that can be displayed on leaves, simply beautiful! My daughter and I collect those leaves.Β  I’m still hunting for the colors I want to include. If you look closely, you’ll see that I’ve finally got around to using my Hiya Hiya Steel Sharps (large) set. The needle name and size are printed on each needle/cable. The needles I’m using are US size 11/8mm.

Once I finish the thumb gusset, the knitting part will be complete.

Once I finish the thumb gussets, the knitting part will be complete.

 

But back to those knitted mittens…

The good news is, I’m almost finished the mittens. The only thing left to do is to finish knitting the thumb gussets and the knitting part will be over. Then I’ll add some embroidery to the top of the mittens. I really loved knitting these mittens two at a time.

And then there’s the bad news…

I really disliked the yarn I used… Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. While some people don’t have problems with it, it really rubbed my poor hands raw. I would have been finished these gloves on Saturday, but I have to take breaks before knitting with this yarn. So you could call these mittens a true labor of love. I hated working with the yarn, but kept with it since my daughter loves the color (she picked it out herself during Cyber Monday at Knit Picks) and now she finally has her very own knitted mittens.Β  She’s been asking me for a pair for a few months.

Once these gloves are complete I highly doubt I’ll be using this yarn again. It’s a shame really, It’s a lovely color and I have several skeins of Wool of the Andes left… most likely I’ll gift them to someone who will adore them. πŸ˜‰


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