Thursday, January 08, 2015

keeping cozy

 Old Man Winter is making his presence known here in Chicago. Brrrr! Temps below zero, windchills in the -20s. At least we have sunshine and a nice coating of snow! It's hot cocoa and mitten season at last.

I knit these cozy mittens for my soon-to-be sister-in-law for Christmas (yay!). They're from Martha Stewart's website, and you get the feeling that the designer or editor wasn't familiar with standard knitting patterns -- very odd instructions, abbreviations, and formatting, but the mittens themselves were fun to knit. Clever construction. You knit them flat, and you start with the thumb and work the mitten sideways, if that makes sense. There's a bit of origami at the end, and you finish up with a crochet seam. You're supposed to crochet around the cuffs, too, but I was down to the wire for holiday gifts, so that didn't happen.

pattern: cozy mittens, Martha Stewart Living
yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers
needles: Brittany US 6 (4.0) birchwood straights

I recommend the pattern if you want to try something different, don't like fiddling around with DPNs for mittens, and don't mind some unusual directions!

P.S. Here's a photo from the Martha Stewart website that shows the construction:


Jeanette said...

I have been reading your blog from the beginning and really like it. I saw the Martha Stewart mitten pattern a few weeks ago and would like to try it. The pattern is indeed unusual, but it looks easy. I need easy as these would be my first mittens. Stay warm in Chicago. This may be a duplicate comment as I'm not sure I'm doing it correctly. If so, perhaps you can delete the extra one.

Stephanie said...

Those mittens look great and very interesting! I think I just might try them!

Caffeine Girl said...

That is just bizarre construction for a mitten, but the result is very cute.

I actually love DPNs, so I'm good with the traditional way.

Gillian said...

Very interesting! They turned out really well.

Valerie Fedas said...

I love these mittens. Trying to make them, stuck o the ending of each row. Any help please? :)