For Christmas this year I decided that I’d make my mom a pair of gloves. I just didn’t expect them to be so damn hard.
For the past few years I’ve been crocheting a pair of gloves for my husband every year by Sue Norrad. They’re great gloves/mittens because they’re fingerless gloves with the mitten flap that comes up and over them that make your fingers all warm and toasty but still makes using your iPod and picking up dog poop something you can do without feeling like death.
I had every intention of making these for my mom. But then I looked at them and I looked at the beautiful yarn that I got from the yarn shop (and that wasn’t cheap yarn, and its Michigan made at Stonehedge Fiber Mill) and I had second thoughts.
I’ve been having issues with crocheting for many years now. I love my hooks and I love what I can do with them, but I also hate how clunky so many of my projects end up being. How undeniably chubby they look. I also hate how so many patterns that I see in the magazines and on ravelry look so childish or stuck so deep in the 1980’s that they look like they’ve been cuddling up with Cher. I taught myself how to knit last year in an effort to keep the gloomy Michigan winter from settling into my thoughts (it didn’t work and I wrestled with a good bit of anxiety and depression…only to come through it smiling and relieved) and I’ve been knitting ever since (with the occasional crocheting thrown in for good measure).
So I started to search for another pattern. A knit mitten pattern.
I found nothing.
So I pieced together a bunch of other patterns that I liked but that didn’t quite fit what I needed together and, and I made these mittens. Or I should actually say mitten since I’ve only actually finished the one. Heh.
Its knit on double points (size 8/5mm bamboo hiya hiyas) for the entire piece. I have never done something so complex by myself whilst making pretty much making it up as I go, on knitting needles, let alone of DPNs. Jeeeesus it was a little tricky. At least the thumb was.
The cuff is a k1 p1 and then I used the basic increase principle from Marie’s Plain Four Needle Mittens. I continued to use her format (though I tweaked it since I was using a thicker yarn on a fatter needle) up until the tip of the mitten and then I used my own decrease. I used what I’d learned from so many years of making Sue Norrad’s mitten gloves and all the stuffed animals I’d crocheted and just transferred it to my knitting. I used Marie’s thumb pattern with some more tweaking and then I sighed a hugh sigh of relief and put on my mom’s brand new mitten.
It took me a week and a half to gather the courage to start the whole process again and by that time Christmas was 4 days away so now these are delayed Christmas mittens. But whatever, she’s getting hand made wool mittens. I figure her fingers will be just as cold in January.
So anyway, those are my mitten(s). And that’s how I did
them it. But now my husband has made me fajitas. And I must depart to partake.
A blanket? Wha—?