…Get them mittens knittin’,
‘Fore that snow starts spittin’,
Sorry. I have no idea why the iPod in my head defaults to the theme song from Rawhide when I’m tired. I’ve never even actually heard the whole thing.
At any rate, I’ve been hat and mitten knitting recently. As I mentioned last week, it got really cold really fast here–and my kids needed mittens and hats that were warmer than what I’d previously made them. Jeffrey loves his hat; Lexie prefers to use her hood…but they both wanted mittens.
I knit up Jeffrey’s first because he needed them more–Lexie was really only outside while we were waiting at the bus stop, but Jeffrey had outside recess at kindergarten. I did have a few days grace to get them done, though, because it was so cold and windy that they weren’t even taking the kids outside for recess. Since I’d knit his hat in Spud & Chloe Outer, I decided to see if maybe there was a mitten pattern for that yarn…and I was thrilled to find the Outsider Mittens, a free pattern posted on the Spud & Chloe blog. I whipped ’em up quickly–in fact, I happened to time myself in making the second mitten, and it took me less than 3 hours (even with several interruptions during that 3 hours).
Jeffrey wore them to school today for the first time, and he loved them. I got a kick out of watching him show them to all of the kids at his bus stop.
Lexie’s mittens are almost done, and I changed it up a bit for hers. Since she’s not wearing her pretty blue hat, and her coat is pink and brown, I decided to make what I’d originally planned to be her second set of mittens. This set is being knit with Cascade 128, which is the yarn I used to knit the rose for Lexie’s hat. Lexie’s unfinished hat, I should say–it’s the one that will coordinate with the one I knit my knitworthy niece. I think she’ll be more likely to wear that hat, anyway.
Since this yarn is bulky weight, not super bulky like the Outer, I needed a different pattern. I settled on Lion Brand’s Easy-Knit Mittens (it’s a free pattern, but you’ll have to register to access it)…or rather, a variation of them. The pattern is written to be knit flat, but I preferred to knit in the round. It didn’t take much modification; I’m knitting the smallest size so I cast on just one extra stitch for the ribbing. A warning: I wouldn’t knit this as a first pair of mittens, because the pattern has some flaws (for example, it sort of skips from picking the thumb stitches back up to the top of the thumb, with no indication that you’ll want to knit a few rows in between)–you’ll need to be able to fill in some blanks.
But the pattern is quick and simple, and I decided to spice it up a bit with color. I used both of the colors from the rose, putting one of them in the middle as a wide stripe. And then, for the second one, I alternated the color placement:
Cute, huh? The 2nd mitten is almost done…and just in time. We’ve got snow forecast for tomorrow!