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Quick Knits Project Notes Week 5: Colourful Mittens

Posted by Odessa Reichel on

Today we've paired up some lovely yarns with some great mitten patterns. As we said in our newsletter this week, bright mittens are such a joy on dreary winter days and this makes them a great gift. Everyone needs mittens during our cold prairie winter. We've paired a couple of yarns with a couple of patterns this week and have all the info as well as some tips here. Until next Monday, December 7th, the yarns we're featuring are all 20% off, no discount code necessary!

Mona knit the Antler Mittens by Tin Can Knits using Noro Ito. These great cabled mittens are made a little more cheerful with the gradual colour changes of Noro Ito. This wool yarn is warm and great for mittens.

  • These mega sized balls of yarn have enough yardage to make 2 pairs of the largest sizes or a pair of mittens and the matching Antler Hat pattern. There's even an Antler Sweater! All three patterns have a range of size from babies to adults.
  • Tin Can Knits makes great resources for their patterns, like this how to cable guide.
  • There are also some fantastic tips in their Let's Knit an Antler Toque blog post.
  • Not feeling cables? The World's Simplest Mittens are always great. With Ito We suggest knitting the worsted weight version. You could also use Noro Ito to make the thrummed mittens below!
  • This yarn is also beautiful in the Nightshift as some of you may remember from our fall knitalong. It's reccomended to pick two balls and switch which is the background and which is the "bump" colour every section, after looking at projects on Ravelry we concluded there are no bad combinations to be made!

Odessa knit the Easy Mittens with Thrums by Debi Wilbur using Cascade 220 which we have in Solid and Heathered colours with some Ashford Corriedale, which we have in 100g solid colour packs and 100g mixed colour packs. She paired a dark heathered charcoal colour with some neon thrums for bright fun mittens.

These mittens are the ultimate in warmth with a knitted wool outer layer and a soft warm fibre inner. This is achieved by knitting some fibre along with your yarn. On the outside you see mittens with a fun dot pattern but turn them inside out to reveal all the fluff!

New to thrums or need a refresher? Here are some tips and tricks:

  • Popular on the east coast, adding thrums to your mittens adds a fleecy lining to make double thick mittens. They're perfect for dog walking, chilly mornings, toasty hands while ice skating or tobogganing or just a walk around the block.
  • Using a non-superwash wool or mostly wool blend like 100% wool Cascade 220 makes for better thrummed mittens. Over time the fibre and the yarn kind of melt together to create a cold weather shield. When you first wear these mittens they are very puffy, but that goes down as you wear them and the fibres felt together (don't worry, you want them to!) from the friction of being worn.
  • If you haven't made or knit with thrums before, this post has some great photos, it's the one Odessa referenced when she first tried thrums and is probably the closest to the method described in the pattern other than being a little thicker - You probably want your thrums a little thinner to avoid needing additional fibre. Unless you want them extra stuffed! Ours are an example of a generously thrummed mitten.
  • If you are going a little thicker on your thrums, make sure to make them a little less thick in the thumb otherwise it can be hard to wear.
  • Here's also a classic thrum FAQ from the Yarn Harlot.
  • Odessa used a colour pack for her thrums. When you do this you can place them randomly or in some sort of colour order. She went with a rainbow of stripes.
  • It's best to sit down and get your thrums ready before you start knitting. Put on a tv show or a good podcast and start pulling and twisting your fibre into a bag or container so when you're knitting you don't have to stop and make more.
  • This pattern comes in one size. If you need more sizes or want to make kids mittens, the Classic Thrummed Mittens and Kids Classic Thrummed Mitten Patterns by Dubbele Dutch Crafts have a couple more sizes and more in-depth instructions and videos. If you're a new thrummed and need some extra help this is a great pattern to get.
  • You can go bold or tame with your yarn and fibre choices! Grey yarn and lavender thrums, red yarn with bright yellow thrums or a purple with neon brights, there are so many good choices that you might have to make a couple pairs.
  • Thrummed slippers are also quite popular like the Cadeautje slippers by Ysolda Teague or the Thrumbelina slippers by Michele Bernstein. You can search the thrum tag on Ravelry for lots of patterns incorporating this technique.

Check back next week to see our next Quick Knit of the Week!