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Archive for December 19th, 2008

Toe-Up Mitten Pattern!

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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A No-Swatch Design to Fit as you Knit

Maybe you cannot stand one more gauge swatch, or you want to try something new. Maybe you want to “make up” some mittens on the needles without a strict pattern. Toe-up Mittens are for you! (OK, they are really knit tip down, but they start the same as my First-Time Toe-Up Sock pattern.)

Construction: Tip down on 4 double-pointed needles (3 holding, 1 working); begun with stockinette rectangle. Afterthought thumb.

There are many photos to walk you through new techniques here. It is possible to breeze through a pair, especially for knitters who have used DPN’s before. With thicker yarn, these are much faster than socks!

These are fun, fast, and take very little yarn. The one mitten in photo at left was made with less than one 50gm ball of Aran-weight Nashua Vignette, a wooly washable/dryable yarn with a tube structure (tiny I-cord). So you need 100gm or less for a pair of Aran-weight ladies’ mittens.

The photo at right is Noro Silk Garden, worsted weight wool/silk blend in a singles (one ply) structure. Hand wash. Luxury and warmth in the same gift!

You can get the pattern now in my online shop. I usually mail out paper copies with a $1 shipping fee. However, if you make a note to me in your check out process (there is a box for notes) that you want a PDF, I will email you an attachment within 24 hours and refund your shipping charge. My cart is inflexible and does not allow me to remove the shipping when you check out, but I’ll be right on it.

The pattern allows for knit to fit, so they will fit a child to an adult male. There are notes for standard mitten sizes if you can not get a measurement from the intended recipient.

I hope that some of you are as excited about this pattern as I am. No “Join without twisting” in this design!