Almost warm hands

The current series of blog posts is focusing on hands. OK. The last one and this one is not exactly a series. But on this little blog, it’s close. My last post was all about mittens. This one is all about mittens that are missing their fingertips. They’re almost as warm as mittens.

These are Aimee Alexander’s Farm to Market Mitts. I’ve posted about Farm to Market a number of times, since this is the 7th pair I’ve knit. This time I used Plymouth Yarn’s DK Merino Superwash. The yarn has great stitch definition even in its DK version.

These are totally fun to knit. At one point in the cabling you need to use two cable needles. But don’t be daunted by that. It’s easy peasy. You will be putting one set of stitches on a front cable and another set on a back cable, and you simply work the cables in the order the pattern directs. The palms of the mitts are stockinette.

The instructions are arranged very helpfully, with both line-by-line and charts. Plus an extra chart tells you what round of the cable chart you should be on as the mitt progresses through the thumb gusset increases. Very useful for keeping a distracted knitter from goofing up.

Next is a new pattern to me, Nici Griffin’s Escape Mittens. I used the same Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

The mitts took only 44 grams of yarn and worked up totally cute! They look kind of shrimpy off my hands. But even my large hands fit very comfortably in them because the stitch pattern is super stretchy.

Excellent pattern, very clearly written, with both charted and line-by-line instructions.

Sensibly, the palms of the mitts are smooth stockinette.

Today I’m apparently in a tell-it-in-purple world. The next pair is Clara Parkes’s Maine Morning Mitts. A freebie.

I didn’t think I had enough yarn to finish these in my purple leftover Queensland Brisbane, a lightweight bulky. So I started with wine colored Brisbane. It worked out rather cute.

Off the hand, these guys look a bit like two Saguaro cacti. Skinny. Ungainly. Prickly. But slip your hands into them and they stretch to wonderfully cozy.

You probably already know the little trick for keeping your ribbing color changes nice and crisp?  If you just join the new color and rib away the first round will have half ‘n half stitches (half one color, half the next) in the purl sections. But if you knit all the stitches of one round in the new color, and then start ribbing, you avoid the dreaded split-color purl stitches.

Yesterday it was 93 here. Today’s almost as hot. Much of the United States is suffering under dangerously high temperatures. And I’m writing to you about how to keep your hands warm in chilly weather. Think cool. Knit warm.

5 thoughts on “Almost warm hands

  1. What a beautiful collection you have going there! Congratulations! Would you be willing to help with a question on the Escape Mittens? When working the Right one, the note in red mentions possibly starting the thumb gusset at the beginning of the said rounds. Then the notes for that portion (I’m assuming) are in red on those rounds. Does this mean I do the portion in red FIRST, and then do the rest of the knitting instructions for that round? Thank your for any help you can give. And thank you for the other pattern names in the above photos! I’ll look into them! LOVERLY! 😉

  2. @Mom7Plus…Thanks for your kind comments on my mitts. I didn’t try to adjust the position of the gusset stitches on the right mitten. I worked my mitts with 4 doublepoints and I didn’t find the positioning of the gusset to be any kind of problem. But I took a look at the pattern and I think your interpretation of how to work the red type is correct. Honestly, I don’t understand why there’s any need to make it “easier” though. Is it maybe easier on magic loop? That’s a technique I’ve only very rarely used. Sorry I can’t be of more help. The designer is on Ravelry as BeanieBoatNici. Here’s here page: Maybe you could try private messaging her through Ravelry with your question.

  3. Also…Mom7Plus, the pattern gives an email address on the first page. You could try contacting the designer by that route also.

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