Saturday, February 14, 2015

FO: Rainbow Thrummed Mittens

Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers!

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I have completed the first pair of my kids' "warmest mittens you'll ever own" mission. We absolutely love them. I worked the pair magic-loop style, which really is the only way to go when you have 3-4 pairs to make this season. I think that since I now know how to knit magic-loop style, all of my objects will start to be worked this way. It's easier than dpns, and it insures that a full pair gets knit (and not orphaned), assuming that it gets completed in the first place. ;)
I am currently working on the second pair, with diagonal color patterning. 
Pattern: Thrummed Mittens by Joan Janes      
 Size: Child
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers Worsted Weight Wool, less than 1/2 a skein used.
Roving: Red, orange, yellow green, blue
Method: Magic-loop
Needles: Size US 5
Started: February 3rd, 2015     Completed: February 8th, 2015
Mods: 1x1 ribbing, 1 more increase for thumb, less decreases for mitten shaping

Do I even have to mention that your hands will be snuggling up with puffs of clouds in these things?

Adding the thrums is easy. It's controlling the mass within that can be a bit of a challenge when making a pair. I like to knit my thrum row, then shove them inside the mitten so they are out of the way, and tug on the thrums on the following row as needed.  Otherwise, the roving will wrap around your working yarns in magic-loop and aggravate the heck out of you (or me, at least) if you leave them up. It's a cute rainbow mess inside. Love.
I still need to find or buy a fabric shaver. I can't imagine where my old one ran off to. It's kind of necessary for this project. 
I photographed these before making the I-cord, but there is an I-cord strap that can be buttoned on to the inside of the mittens. I didn't want to attach them permanently. Cords are a MUST for hand-knit mittens. I can't bare the thought of loosing these. 

These mittens should fit for another year or so. I knit these only on size 5's because I didn't want the fabric to stretch too easily with the roving thrums. It does result in a slightly smaller size, but hey...I don't want these to be too massive for my tots. 
Have a very happy Valentine's Day.