Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter Mittens

Vogue Knitting Mittens

I no longer subscribe to Vogue Knitting (rav), but I will occasionally purchase an issue through the ipad app. When I saw these cabled mittens I knew I had found my winter handwarmers.

I took advantage of the eat sleep knit black friday sale. among other things i came away with 2 skeins of madelinetosh vintage in glazed pecan. when i got the yarn in the mail, it wasn't quite the color i was hoping for. it's more of an orangey-brown and i was aiming for a mustard-y color. i think the hue still works with my grey coat fortunately.

The mittens were very fast to knit and only took me a couple of days. I used #6 knitpicks options. If I were to make changes, I would've skipped the i-cord cast-on (which to me isn't worth the extra effort) and i wouldn't have made the cuffs quite as long. it also bugs me that the interior cable on the palm side is not centered but leans more to one side. i shortened the thumb by a few rows because it seemed absurdly long and i also turned the mittens inside out and finished them with a 3-needle bind-off rather than grafting because i was feeling lazy.

The pattern doesn't have any mistakes but it's typical Vogue. there are 2 different charts to work from and you have to keep track of both charts and the gusset increases at the same time. so this is definitely one to pay attention to and not let your mind wander. the cable pattern is pretty easy to work and makes a wonderful texture. i did not use a cable needle.

The design is quite beautiful and looks nice in the yarn I chose, but they're not perfect. The cuffs are so long that i have to put on my mittens before my coat and they are not easy to remove. i think that this kind of cuff length would work better with convertible mittens that you don't have to take off to use your fingers. also, they aren't warm enough. i sort of knew this going into it but i was in denial. i may need to go back and retroactively add a lining because there is no way these mittens are getting me through the cold months. but they are very pretty and i'm not unhappy with them.

Vogue Knitting Mittens

7 comments:

  1. Are you guys getting mitten-worthy weather yet? We aren't--so lightweight mittens might be the way to go with the lame "winters" we've been having lately!

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  2. They are beautiful!

    Kay

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  3. Wow, these are really pretty! Maybe they'll work well for in-between days when it's not bitterly cold out.

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  4. These are so stunning. The cables pop in the color you chose. And kudos for having the patience to stick with the pattern!

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  5. i love these so much, beautiful color (though it wasn't the mustard color you hoped for) and beautiful pattern! you always give the best reviews of the things you make. i do wish they were warmer for you! nuts!

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