I'm making some mittens! Tiny, toddler-sized mittens! The Basic Mittens pattern from I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Mittens is helping me create some adorable little mittens for my three-year-old.
They're lovely. I'm using #5 needles and some Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica that I have left from when I knitted mine. We're going to match this winter! I can't wait!
I first learned to make mittens this winter from the 36-stitch Mitten Pattern from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann . I really like the method of working the thumb holes by knitting a few stitches onto waste yarn, and then unraveling it later to pick up the free stitches. So that's what I'm going to do with these mittens.
However, the instructions in I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Mittens! suggest a pretty interesting construction that involves a little bit of moving stitches around and casting on some new ones that I would try if I was more adventurous. But since I just figured out how to knit mittens a short while ago, I'm sticking with what I know because I want these to be nice.
Working with the four needles is going along just fine, and things only feel too 'slippery' when I'm on the last few rows. There's an excellent tutorial here about working with double pointed needles, and I thought it was a nice refresher course to watch before I got started.
I'm working on my second mitt now, and I'll save the thumbs for last. I know that cold weather is a long ways off, but I'm excited about finishing these little mittens quickly. I want to be ready and I want to see these on my little girl's hands!