Friday, January 19, 2007

My First Mittens

I was nervous when a friend asked me to make her mittens. I had offered to make a shawl and she had counter-offered with mittens. She had been on the look out for good mittens at the store but had not been able to find any. Could I make her mittens?

I had never made mittens before and I thought that crocheted versus knitted mittens would be a bit too drafty. I consulted the Queen who said that as long as the stitches were small, it should be okay. So I accepted the challenge and said I would make mittens.

We searched the web for mitten patterns but didn't find too many good ones - crocheted ones, that is. She finally decided on this basic mittens pattern.

I will preface the rest of this post with a couple of details:
1 - I'm still new to reading patterns.
2 - I expect patterns to actually be complete and make sense.

Thus, I was tharted with this pattern. I didn't think the pattern was clear at all and the measurements for the women's small were WAAAAY too small - or I have abnormally large hands. I'll admit that maybe - just maybe - it was me and not the pattern...but I doubt it. If anyone has tried this particular pattern, leave a comment or send an email and let me know if it's just me.

Here's the finished product:

Hook Size: G

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in

  • Blue Mist
  • Dark Rose Heather
Pattern: Basic Mittens

I made quite a few adjustments to the pattern but I didn't write them down for posterity. I knew while working on it that it would be my LAST time using this particular pattern. Just because a pattern is for charity doesn't mean it has to suck. For a list of other crocheted mittens patterns, click here.

I don't have any more mittens on my to-do list right now, but I am hoping to make a pair of fingerless gloves for myself. My office gets really cold, especially where I sit. There's a vortex of cold air in my cube. Really - I'm not making this up. I'm in a cube by an interior wall and I'm no where near a window or a vent. Just a cold, cold vortex. Any good crochet fingerless glove patterns would be appreciated.


The Queen of the Snow Cows said...

The crocheted ribbing is blowing my mind right now. And problems or no I think the mittens came out wonderfully. (Was that english?)

I will agree though, that there are an abundance of craptastically written patterns out there, especially for beginners. Lion brand completely confused my aunt with a crappy crochet pattern that she PAID for. It took a lifetime crocheter awhile to figure out what was going on.

Sam said...

The ribbing was suprisingly easy to make - you just crochet into the back loop instead of under both loops. I'll show you when you come down in May.