Handspun Mittens :-D
The last time I made mittens for myself was in college. Which means these mittens are probably 10 years old. I had never made mittens before, and I didn’t own appropriately sized double pointed needles, so I knit them flat. And I knit them waaaay to small. So, being me, I improvised and added in a strip of blue along one side to make them wearable.
However, the acrylic yarn really didn’t do much to ad stop the wind, so a couple of years later, I lined them with extra flannel from a quilting project. And yaaaay! I had warm mittens that fit. However, I was ready for a change after all this time, and I finally set aside some time to knit myself a pair of mittens with wool and alpaca yarn I spun from my own flock.
The yarn I used wasn’t ideal for mittens, it was the final skein from my Bit of Funk sweater. This was a double-ply so that the sweater wouldn’t be too bulky. For mittens, I’d prefer to use a triple-ply. But I also wanted to use up this yarn before I moved. And I thought the thin yarn would be made up for in the two layers I was using.
Two layers? Why yes. I knit the outside of the mittens and then I picked up stitches inside and knit a second mitten inside. Technically, I could have just double-knit this, but I find that double-knitting takes me longer than just knitting two layers separately.
For the top half of the mitten, over my fingers, I made the lining layer out of Lightening’s triple-ply yarn which was delightful to work with. This is the same skein I used for my daughters’ Shetland mittens.
After the knitting portion was complete, I free-handed some embroidery in with the alpaca yarn to help hold the layers together and add a little beauty. I’m quite pleased with the way the flowers turned out. I am still considering adding a few beads here and there, but in the meantime, I’m wearing this quite a bit. I’m also considering sewing some leather patches over the palms to give them a bit of extra grip while shoveling all this dreadful (and beautiful) snow we’ve been getting.
No pattern out for these since I believe there are plenty of other free mitten patterns and they are easy enough to draft yourself for your own hands. Feel free to shoot me an email or find my on IG if you need any tips or help.