Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Reversible Fingerless Mittens

Pattern: Reversible Fingerless Gloves
Designer: Cotton & Cloud
Materials: Knit Picks Merino Style
Amount: (1) 50g ball 'Nutmeg', (1) 'Fedora' (dark brown) and assorted colors
Needles: US6 bamboo DPNS
Cost: $2.79/ball approx. $5.60 plus assorted colors for stripes
Size: small
Start Date: Oct. 21, 2009
Finish Date: Nov. 4, 2009

I would have been done much sooner, but started on the Koolhaas pattern when I had the second mitt completely knit minus the thumb and grafting. I was too excited to get started and I really should have finished the mitts first.

This was a fun project. You knit up two mitts that are stuck together at the wrist and then turn one in so they are double sided and there are no seams. The pattern has an adorable flower embroidered on the solid side. Mine has nothing because these are going to be for a guy. I intend to make an accompanying girl's pair with the flower.

The crochet cast on was a new technique for me and the tip for using a contrasting color really makes it easier later on when you take the cast on stitches out in order to pick up stitches for the other side of the glove.

The instructions for these mittens are well worth the money. They have incredibly good detailed instructions with color photos, illustrations, and even video links that show you how to do each technique. So if you haven't attempted these techniques before, this is a great way to learn them. I wasn't sure which size of needle to use, so I e-mailed the designer, Kyoko, and she was very helpful. I did find a few typos in the instructions and I've been meaning to send her an e-mail on those.
PG 1 Needles: "4mm (US5)" my double pointed bamboo needles say 4mm = US 6 and Kyoko clarified that US 6 was probably the right size
PG 2
Figure 4: MIL says "inserting the left needle through the back" instead of "through the front"
On last "On next row" it says you'll end up with "38" sts for the small size instead of 36 (this messed me up the first time and I actually unravelled it without thinking because I thought I had done something wrong).
ssk says "as supposed to k2tog" instead of "as opposed to k2tog"
tbl "through back loop" is not included (I forget what that means sometimes)

This is the grafting which is the final step to join and finish the top edges of the glove.

These mittens are really quite clever. My only issue (not with the pattern) was that my dark brown yarn knit up quite a bit bigger. I used the whole skein. But the nutmeg color didn't. So my dark brown is a bit wrinkly when turned in to the inside of the mitt, but it doesn't really matter. If you have small hands like me, you might try a smaller needle if you want them to be a little more fitted.


  1. I love the tutorial! Perhaps I could do the same with fingermittens (it gets cold here and I need my tips warm).

  2. OK, I LOVE the mittens but I equally love your photography. Carola, can you tell me how you take your product photos. Did you set up a lightbox?

    Would you like to come and make wreathes with us after Thanksgiving? I'm going to be putting an email together soon and I'm gonna add your name to the list!!!

    Hope you all are fully recovered,

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