March is for Mittens

Another mailbox jackpot. Opened my box to find Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. I ordered it from Amazon solely for the Mitered Mittens pattern. I fired up my US 7s and cast on with my Knitpicks Bare Kool-Aid-dyed yarn. I knit this much while I was at birthday dinner day at my sister’s house today:

I love them. This pattern makes me like my yarn more than I did before. I’ve come to accept the purple. It’s not as bad as I thought.

I had cast on 48 stitches, as the pattern stated, but after knitting a few inches, I thought the mitten would be way too big. My gauge was a bit off, but I was on the greater side of the stitches-per-inch count, so my mitten should have been smaller than EZ planned. Oh well. It was BIG, so I frogged and started again with 40 stitches. Perfect. It’s going to have a nice, snug fit.

Although this patten is easy – simple to knit and simple to memorize, I’m getting a little nervous. The thumb. I’m frightened of the thumb. No, I’m not worried that it will be a wacky, way-too-long, no-human-ever-had-a-thumb-like-that thumb like my friend Yankee Lagniappe knit. (Boy, I wish she’d posted a picture of that. Thumbs up, girlfriend!) I’m afraid because EZ tells me knit the entire body of the mitten and fasten off. Then she says I should do this:

Try on, snip 1 st. at joint of thumb, unravel in both directions to release 15 sts, pick them up on 3 needles, blah blah blah.

Okay, she doesn’t say the blah part, but snip? Snip? Snip a stitch in the middle of my pretty mitten? Is she nuts? I’m not snipping anything. Instead, I’m going to try her other method – the thumb trick. As I’m knitting the body of the mitten, she tells me to use a piece of contrasting yarn to knit 7 stitches at the place I want the thumb to start. Then I put those 7 stitches back on the left needle and knit as normal. Later, I’ll go back, pull out that yarn, and use the stitches to knit the thumb. That still sounds scary, but at least there’s no snipping involved.

Here’s a view of the inside of the mitten with my 7 stitches with waste yarn.


Okay. I did that. I might need some help from SnB friends on Thursday night to make this work.

Bed time. This lose an hour thing has messed me up. March is for mittens and messed up sleeping.

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3 Responses to “March is for Mittens”

  1. mad knitter Says:

    Oooh, I love the yarn, love the mittens, and I’m sure you will do fine on the thumb!!! It’ll work out great :).

    I can’t stand the change in time, either :(. Everybody gets out of whack. Hope you slept well!

    Miss you!

  2. acambras Says:

    Ha! I did take photos of my “Thumbs-Up Hitchhiker Mitten” before I frogged it. I think they’re in my “Ugh” section on Ravelry.

  3. WifeMomKnitter Says:

    I was going to suggest that you use the waste yarn method and then I scrolled down and saw that you did. I have had to do that twice when I knit the Fetchings. If you need help, let me know. It’s a bit scary, but not as bad as just cutting your knitting. Eck!

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