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  • knitting1105 2:20 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baby mittens, dog themed mittens, thumbless mittens   

    Tiny Hands 

    Tiny Hands get cold too.  This pattern for thumbless mittens was made a few years ago for baby Ria.  I knew that a certain Colorado Baby-to-be would need these also.

    Pattern: Nordic Baby Mitts
    Pattern Source: Free from Knituition
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull, teal blue and mint green
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 11/?/17
    Date Finished: 11/20/17
    Finished Dimensions: baby 6-9 months

    Next, I decided to try my hand at designing a pair of mittens, ones that the parents would love.  Had to be dog themed of course.  I had a lot of fun with this, and would love to publish the finished pattern.  For years, I have been on the search for a good knitting pattern template that I could use.  If there are any suggestions out there, it would be much appreciated.

    The first mitten took a bit of trial and error, both in getting checkerboard pattern that worked and minimized dealing with long floats.  I am really happy with how they turned out, these are a bit bigger than the first, and I also opted for inserting a string to tie them on with.


    After looking at the photos, I feel that they both would do with a nick soaking and drying flat to even out the stitches.  So excited to gift these.


    • Diane Hamilton 3:29 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky little girl! These are adorable, I like the pink ones the best. These are perfect stocking stuffers!

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      • knitting1105 5:26 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, they are planned as stocking stuffers.


    • Elaine 4:59 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love these. What a fun way to do baby mitts 😀

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  • knitting1105 12:46 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Girl’s Weekend 

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    I have not posted a lot recently, as I have been knitting the same pattern over and over again.  For last weekend’s 3rd annual girls away retreat, I made a pair of fingerless mitts for everyone in attendance (Free pattern here).  As the list grew and grew, I had to knit faster.  Luckily there were not any last minute additions.

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    It was so much fun to give these out.  I laid them on my bed and invited everyone in to choose a pair.

    A glove toast!

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    The weekend was at a beautiful house on the shores of Lake Michigan.  My first step into my home State in over a year (the longest time away ever).

    A weekend of great friends

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    Amazing food

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    And a few drinks…

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    So much laughter. Until next year…

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    • natas75 1:00 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely idea. It seems like you all had a blast..

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    • Diane Hamilton 2:48 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like a lot of fun with good friends and I bet they loved their fingerless mitts, what a thoughtful gift. I miss Michigan and the beach too. Hope to be there this summer for a trip to Mackinac Island.

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      • knitting1105 3:11 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        This was a lot of fun, and the mitts were a big hit. I want to join you on Mackinac Island if possible.


    • Erin 3:25 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful pics–looks like tons of fun! And I love the mittens–thanks for sharing the pattern!

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    • Michelle Metes 11:00 pm on December 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like it was a Good Time, Frances! Need to start knitting my fingerless mittens, again. Friends have been asking for the pattern where you do a cable stitch on the back of hand section. Will look around for another pattern, but I do like yours! Cheers

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  • knitting1105 1:15 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Koigu sock yarn   

    Variations on a Theme 

    Lately I have been making fingerless mitts almost exclusively. These are all a variation on my pattern for Koigu Twisted Mitts.



    Last week I sent out a pair to my son Ethan and his Girlfriend.  They are both in school, without a car, and out walking or biking a lot.  I thought that these would come in handy.





    I have made this pattern so many times, that it is intuitive.  And, it is fun to change it up a bit.  Uses a lot of my leftover sock weight yarn, all you need is about 50 grams total.  Recently I have been making some that are smaller, as I realized that not everyone had big mitts like me.  A very easy take-along pattern to use.  In conjunction, when I have ribbing top and bottom, I use the tubular cast-on and tubular bind-off.  Both of these have been covered here and here.

  • knitting1105 11:27 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Keeping Warm Indoors 

    My daughter has very cold hands in the winter, and her office is definitely not over-heated.  When she told me that she had to type a bit, then sit on her hands to warm them up, then type, I knew she needed some fingerless gloves for working.  Last year I made my husband a pair, and he now brings them back and forth from work (need to get a second pair for him also).  Even though I had been promising her flap mittens, I thought that these were in order first.

    A simple pattern.  Since I am a numbers person, all multiples of 4.  Adjust lengths as needed…


    • Use a fingering weight yarn of your choice
    • Size 1 needles
    • Cast-on 48 sts, join in a round
    • K2, P2 for 24 rows
    • K 12 rows St st.
    • Increase for thumb gusset as follows:
      • K 23, PM, inc 1 st (by lifting up bar below)
      • K2, inc 1 st, PM
      • K23
      • Knit next round plain (26 sts, 4 for thumb)
      • Increase row by doing one increase inside each marker
      • Knit 1 row plain
      • When there are 22 sts for thumb, place thumb sts on holder after st st row
    • Knit hand portion, CO 2 sts at thumb area (48 sts total).
    • K24 rows st st
    • *For top of mitt, Purl 1 row, K 1 row (to obtain garter st pattern) for 8 rows, last knit row is the bind-off row*
    • Put 22 sts from thumb on needle, CO 2 sts at opening and K 4 rows
    • Repeat * to* as for top of mitt.
    • Andi 10:51 am on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Those look nice! Have you thought about making it available as a Ravelry download?


      • knitting1105 1:21 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I would love to make this a free download. I just need to figure out how to do that…


    • Diane Hamilton 2:47 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea–wondering if I could make these? Still not very good at reading patterns. I started my first knitting class–she is just having us practice, practice, practice. I am anxious to start on the project.


      • knitting1105 8:07 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You surely could make them. Once you have finished your class, these are an easy project. I hope you get totally addicted to knitting! I need a cohort in the family.


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