August 24, 2008

Mighty-Mini Mitered Mittens


Mighty-Mini Mitered Mittens modified by me from EZ's Mitered Mitten Pattern (May), Knitter's Almanac.
Knitted in small amounts Cascade 220 Wool, light pink, chambray, and avocado.
Knitted on US size 3 Addi turbos using Magic Loop.
Ravelers see them here.

Go ahead.  I dare you to say that five times fast!  Mighty-mini mitered mittens, mighty-mini mitered mittens... I told you guys I loved this pattern!  It took me less than four hours to cast on my second pair, only this time I decided to knit some winter mittens for Lulu.  That's what the 5th Chapter of Knitter's Almanac is all about anyway, right?  Getting ahead on mitten knitting so when the blizzard's blowing little fingers aren't frozen?


After finishing the first pair I knew I wanted to knit another, only this time modify the numbers to fit a child's hand.  I did a few quick measurements, let Annabelle help me pick out some yarn, and was blocking the first a few short hours later.  Once again I used Grace's sore thumb modification, but increasing to 9 stitches rather than 15.  Other than that I cast on 36 stitches and knitted 6 rounds in garter stitch before switching to the mitered pattern.  I also changed colors after every 6th row, (easier to remember!) and started the top decrease at 6.5 inches to allow for some growth.  I measured from the side edge of the mitten to the tip of Annabelle's pinky and rounded up.  Once I got to the decrease I switched to a funky contrasting color and finished the thumb is the same.  The great thing about the sore thumb is that you can customize it to fit a little thumb, and I made mine about 1.5" long.  These should work great for Annabelle this winter and hopefully next year as well. 


These are certainly toddler mittens and you would need to do some larger calculations to fit a larger child.  But that's the great thing about Elizabeth Zimmermann!  She gives you some perameters and says, "there you go, now go create!"  It's so much fun reading her patterns, especially when you're as addicted to line by line instructions as I am.  I like her laid back approach to knitting, and I love her utilitarian view of it.  But it's a testament to her great sense of practicality when you surf through 4500 versions of the baby suprise jacket, or 450 versions of mitered mittens!  I can't imagine a better gift than an adult tomten with a hood or a February baby sweater for a baby.  No doubt about it, EZ rocks!

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Jodi  DATE: 08/24/2008 05:23:46 PM Super cute! Annabelle looks very pleased to wear them, too. EZ is a true knitting goddess.
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Jen in KS  DATE: 08/25/2008 12:17:43 PM Mmmm!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: SweetP DATE: 08/25/2008 03:44:20 PM So cute!! Love the stripes ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Myriam DATE: 08/25/2008 04:29:13 PM i don't know which i like better, the adult or the mini! They both great!! I have almost all EZ's book and until now i have just browsed through and enjoyed it as reading but seeing your mittens really makes me want some for me-but i am one of those that likes the line by line or at least 90% line by line (but i am getting there) You did an awesome job!!!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Leslie  DATE: 08/25/2008 07:08:03 PM These are cute, too! Of course, the adorable model distracts from the mittens...but you knew that already, didn't you? :-)
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Stacey_CrimsonPurl DATE: 08/26/2008 05:07:54 AM Too cute!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: monique  DATE: 09/12/2008 08:31:27 AM after reading this post i caught this crazy urge to knit a pair of mitts. i chose my kureyon yarn i bought this summer and i just love knitting with this yarn. i will post later to show the progress of my first mitten. i am posting here especially to say i tagged you for a challenge contest.itis for a very good causeso if you have a moment, visit me and follow the link ! thanks ! blessings :)

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