Finished Braided Mittens

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
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Finished Mittens

Braided Mittens, started September 27th, 2006, finished October 4th, 2006
Pattern: My Own
Yarn: 100% merino wool from a men’s sweater. The yarn is cabled and the colour is heathery, which makes for very interesting texture.
Needles: 5.0 mm DPNs
Dimensions: The perfect size for my hands!
Pattern Notes: This is a basic mitten pattern with a few cables tossed in. It’s the first time I’ve ever knit a thumb gusset, but it worked out quite well. I think I may have cast on a few more stitches than necessary at the beginning, but it fits well. I’ll have to remember next time to cast on 6 stitches less than my common sense would suggest. My plan right now is to knit a little sleeve inside the mitten to keep the wind out and bulk it up a little bit to make it tighter around my hand. I’d rather do that than line it with fleece, because if I’m going to knit something in merino, I want to take advantage of its non-sweating properties, darnit.
Would I knit it again? I may end up offering this as a free pattern, so I may knit it again to test it. I usually only need one pair of mittens at a time, but maybe after Christmas I’ll knit another pair as backups.

Finished Mittens

Finished Mittens

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5 Comments to “Finished Braided Mittens”

  1. Niiiice!

    Comment by
    Carol
    November 14, 2006 @ 8:26 am
  2. You could always give the second mittens away – donate them to Dulaan – or have someone test knit them for you (I would, if you want). That perfectly rounded mitten-top is fantastic. I just made a pair of mittens, using a star decrease, and I am less-than-satisfied.

    I love the idea of putting a sleeve in them too. You should definitely add that if you decide to offer the pattern!

    OK, here I am telling you what to design. Urgh. Sorry!

    Comment by Liz K.
    November 14, 2006 @ 9:49 am
  3. Hmm, how does one send things to test knitters? Do you have to buy them an internet beer?

    Comment by Eve
    November 14, 2006 @ 11:26 am
  4. All of your FO’s look great, those mittens are so cool =)

    Do you know a good place to get alpaca in Toronto, or near there? One of the other Canadians I know is looking for a good source.

    Comment by April
    November 16, 2006 @ 12:23 pm
  5. [...] this morning on a matching hat for my Backyard Leaves Scarf. That makes a full hat, scarf, and mitten [...]

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