A warm finish

Yesterday morning, as I was sitting down to finish the final mitten top on my Podster mitts, it became rapidly and sinkingly clear that I was not going to have enough yarn left to finish. I was going to have about enough to make it halfway up the mitten top, and that was it.

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However, this was not the end of the story. One of the reasons I had grabbed this particular skein of yarn (other than the super awesome colour, and the cashmere content), was that it was already wound up into a ball. And I recalled that, one of the reasons it was already wound up into a ball was because I had used it about a year ago for some swatches. So, if I could find the swatches, I was good to go.

Lo and behold, sometimes sticking your swatches in a bag and stuffing into the back of your stash pays off in unexpected ways – because I did indeed find the swatches, and one of them happily gave its life (well, half of its life, actually), so that my mitts could be complete. (The other swatch is going back into the bag. You never know when I might need it.)

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I’m happy to report that not only are my mitts a lovely and useful finished object, but that I’ve given the original pattern a bit of a sprucing up. It is largely the same, with a few improvements. My original pattern has given 2 years of good and faithful service, but I felt it was in need of some tweaks. The most significant one is that the smaller size is truly a smaller size; I wasn’t happy with the relatively small size differential between the S and L, and now there is a true inch difference in circumference. Size Small will fit a hand 6.5-7.0 ins in circumference, Size Large a hand 7.5-8.0 ins in circumference (At least, at a pattern gauge of 8 sts/inch.) I’ve also changed the ribbing from k1, p1 to k1tbl, p1, but this could always be adjusted to your own preference. Heck, do k2, p2 ribbing! Do no ribbing at all on the fingers! Go crazy.

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The pattern is still available for free, and may be found in my Ravelry Store, or here on my blog as a PDF. I’ve done this pair in Tanis Fiber Arts cashmere sock, and the originals in Dream in Color Smooshy, but just about any fingering weight wool would do – if you’ve got a sock yarn stash, you’ve got a skein of yarn for this project. It uses about the same amount as you would use for a pair of socks.

Every so often I receive a request for advice on how to make this pattern to fit a child. This is indeed an adult pattern and I have kept it sized to fit small and large adult hands, so most teens would likely fit this range. However, if you are interested in knitting this for even more wee hands than that, I would recommend doing a bit of quick calculation of hand size x stitch gauge per inch, and modify your cast-on and thumb gusset increases accordingly. You might wish to simply eliminate the fingers altogether and just do one fingerless mitt cuff where the individual fingers would be.

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In any case, I hope your weekend is enjoyable, and that your knitting is close by! Catch you next week.

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26 responses to “A warm finish

  1. They are lovely. They look like a pair that I made last year for my mom http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/convertible-mittens-3 …and then of course had to make some for myself, added in the thumb holes to those ones. So nice with the thumb holes!

  2. They are indeed a cozy pair, and practical! I do my thumb a bit differently than some other versions, not as a full flip but as more of a sneak-in-and-out spot. But it’s great that there are so many options for us. ;)

    G

  3. Eliane

    Hi, Glenna! These mitts are very beautiful! I’m very curious to known about your progress in the Longbotton Cardigan. I live in Brasil, I love knit, and I love your work very much!

    Eliane

  4. Serenova

    These look amazing. I’m definitely adding the pattern to my Ravelry queue. I’ve watched you work on these and I very much want to make my own pair.

    Now the only question is what kind of yarn to use! :)

  5. Love them! Great color!

  6. Really nice mitts, thanks for sharing the pattern.

  7. Cathi b

    These are beautiful. Love the color. Thanks so much for the free pattern- I’ve added them to my to-do list.

  8. very pretty mitts — so glad you found enough yarn to complete them!

  9. FoFo

    Nice Gloves!!! I’m glad you found the swatches and were able to finish them!

  10. Emma

    I’ve had these in my Ravelry queue for ages, they look lovely. Must be so nice in cashmere!

  11. I knew there was a reason for saving swatches. The swatches save us! These look great. Thanks for the tweaks, too!

  12. Your gloves are great. I usually end up frogging my swatches and using them for the project at hand.(no pun intended lol)

  13. Wow! I’m making them right now! Mine are in green. I have pictures on my blog. I am enjoying knitting them very much. I have an hour long commute and that is when I work on them the most.

  14. Robby

    These are gorgeous! And just the thing for my niece who is living in a cold, wind swept place, but needs to be able to manage keys, etc. from time to time. Off to find it on Ravelry. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Cindy

    I love your new Podsters…I would like to learn “fingers”…pretty color too!

  16. pip

    Beautiful mittens… and very handy for using a mobile :)

  17. Thanks for making this neat pattern available! It’s on my list, for sure!

  18. That really is an amazing color. Beautiful.

  19. Very cool pattern! I have some fleece mitts like this that are superbly handy…but these are way cooler.

  20. Sherri

    Love the gloves and wanted the pattern but didn’t see the link to download it…what am I missing?

  21. woolythinking

    Hey, Glenna? I went and looked on Rav, and the link to download this pattern isn’t on the pattern page. Also, I clicked on the link in this entry to get the pdf, and it claims the pdf is there, but the pdf doesn’t actually load. Help?

  22. I’ll double-check this when I’m connected next!

    Thanks,
    Glenna

  23. Kim

    I’ve been wanting to make these for a while now! As soon as I finish a pair of socks I’m going to cast on for these. Thanks for the great pattern!

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  26. Knittwittowo

    really beautiful :)