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This month I’m blatantly showing off for my monthly craft of these Winter Mittens:
Will you stop reading this blog if I say, “Yeah, I know I’m awesome”?
I’m not actually that cocky of a person. But I do love these mittens and am very impressed by my ability to make them. This was my second colorwork project, the first being a pair of mittens I made to Will. Everyone says they are great, and Will wears them all the time, but I just see my too tight knitting and inability to read a chart when I look at them:
Picture’s not too bad, though. But anyone who has created anything knows you are your own worst critic.
These mittens were made with a free pattern and 4 colors of Wool of the Andes Sport. You can see all the colorways on my Ravelry page by clicking on the link in the heading. The first mitten I used size two double points for the ribbing and size 3 for the body of the mitten. For the second mitten, I used size twos for the whole thing on accident and once again we face the problem of being your own worst critic. I can see and feel the difference and it bothers me. On the bright side, though, I like the second mitten better.
Officially, this pair of mittens took me almost 8 months. However, I had just finished Will’s mittens (the ones pictured above) when I started this and after making 3 colorwork mittens I needed a break. Each individual mitten only took about a month.
Color work takes a lot of getting used to. I learned using this technique and found the video to be incredibly helpful. I love the way the inside of the mittens feel. I still have a lot of practice needed, but I’m getting there. The basics of the technique, however, become second nature after just a few rows.
I have worn these mittens every day this winter since I made them. I’m not crazy about the thumb placement, but they are nice. They are so warm and the colorwork makes them even thicker than normal knit mittens!
If you are interested in seeing other knit and crochet projects I’ve made, you can check out my Ravelry profile.
Have you ever made mittens before? If you would like to try making mittens, but want a simpler pattern, this is the first mitten pattern I ever made. It is great because you can make them any size!
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