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Aug 1, 2012

The Overshot Mittens by Carol J. Sulcoski


I know, I know, holiday knitting during the summer sounds ridiculous, but I'm sure some of you smart knitters have already started! If you have, you're ahead of me, that's for sure.

Last year I decided that I wasn't going to knit gifts for people; I was going to take a year off. I ended up knitting just a couple of hats for people, so I pretty much stuck to my guns.

This year, though, I think I might start knitting holiday gifts really early and make everyone a knitted accessory.

My plan is to knit several pairs of mittens, and I think I've found one of the patterns I want to use: The Overshot Mittens by Carol J. Sulcoski. This design should work for all of the ladies on my list.

The Overshot Mittens are a super cute color knitting pattern, with their Fair Isle flower pattern and other pretty stranded colorwork details. I really like the garter stitch ridges on the cuffs, too.


Another view of the Overshot Mittens by Carol J. Sulcoski

There's a lot going on in these little mittens, which is something I like about Fair Isle knitted accessories. The interest in the pattern keeps me going—I want to see what comes next!

And even though I usually don't knit the same pattern more than once, I think just changing the colors of these mittens will keep me interested enough to knit at least three pairs.

I'll do a black and white pair for sure, and then maybe gray and red. Blue and pink is cute, too. Or navy and white. I think I'll have fun choosing colors!

For the guys, I'll probably do something plain in a small gauge, probably a sport-weight yarn because fingering will take too long. I only have a couple of guy mittens to make, so I'll intersperse those with the Overshot Mittens. I can see my fall knitting take shape!

I think I'll kick off the season of mittens at my knitting group's summer retreat. I can probably get at least one mitten done that weekend. We're having another getaway in the fall, so I'll set a goal of having three pairs done by our fall retreat. I should be a mitten-knitting factory at that point!

Download the Overshot Mittens pattern today and start your holiday knitting early with me!


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pds290 wrote
on Aug 4, 2012 7:04 PM

This is the first year I've begun holiday knitting well ahead of time.  I've vowed to use up my stash before buying more yarn, so this year everyone is getting something handmade.  Several pairs of slippers are made and set aside.  Perhaps I'll try mittens next!

on Aug 2, 2012 7:08 PM

I'm in the process of making a scarf out of some homemade, handspun pretty blue and purple wool/silk blend yarn that I spun for my daughter who moved to England and got married to an Englishman many years ago.

Nurnanc wrote
on Aug 2, 2012 2:47 PM

Gift knitting for Xmas2012....I will be starting my 5th (Nikki Epstein) Xmas stocking; the one with the appliqued snowman and bobble snow.  Grandson baby Jack will join his brothers and cousins with matching stockings.  

starsongky wrote
on Aug 2, 2012 9:23 AM

No holiday knitting yet this year, but two years ago I started my holiday knitting on March 1st, and it was the only thing I worked on until late Christmas Eve! I knit three 5' x 7' afghans that year - a Log Cabin, a Mitered, and a Tessellated Fish blanket, one for each of my three kids. The pieces were small portable projects, the kids never knew what they'd become and I could swap back and forth when I got bored. I had the pieces done and started assembly November 1st. I ran out of time so I had to skip the outside borders, but I got 'em done and they love them!

craftyfoxx wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 6:27 PM

Socks, socks and more socks! Also working on some dish clothes, scarves, and a few hats. I've a lot to do before Christmas. I'm glad I took the advise of starting now.

NickiM wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 5:08 PM

$5.50  for a mitten pattern? Come on.

Yes, holiday knitting is underway .... which is why many of us want a KNITS HOLIDAY ISSUE  to come out sooner rather than the ridiculous late date it normally does. We have gifts to knit and NOT when we have a ton of other preparations to do in November and December.

Velvetpage wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 2:53 PM

I've started, all right!  I've already knit a <a href="">plum whimsy hat,</a>, a <a href="">raglan cardigan</a> for my niece, and then because it was so cute, a <a href="> to match.  I'm making a few dishcloths now, to wrap up a bar of artisan soap in and give as gifts to colleagues, and I have planned for a shawl for my MIL and a vest for my nephew.

I figure gift knitting is the best of all worlds.  I get to knit for a variety of recipients, I get to spread my yarn purchases out over many months, and then someone else gets to enjoy the results.

CherylJ@2 wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 2:23 PM

I always pick out paterns to do and see how far I get. And buy what I didn't get done. I have already made some scarves. And now ready to make socks, slippers and ect.

on Aug 1, 2012 2:21 PM

Yes, I've been busy since February knitting accessories:  two pairs of wristers, a lace scarf, and (so far)  one very manly glove.  Next up will be a pair of Jane Austen fingerless gloves and definitely these wonderful overshot mittens.

siouxian wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 2:19 PM

Just like Melsheljack I started in the Spring.  I played around with a scarflette design and all the "lesser" relatives get the prototypes, they are all done and packaged.  The "major" players they get hand knitted gloves - currently I am designing gloves with an all over geometric design, they are well under way.  Really "special" people will get a pair of Sanquhar gloves with their names in the band.  So, in theory sorted but just like last year I suspect I will be finishing something off on Xmas eve.

Happy knitting

CMA wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 1:17 PM

I haven't started knitting yet but my head is full of plans - a couple of scarves, some mitts for my sister who loves them, socks. Now I know I should have started earlier...I guess it's that urge that many knitters have to keep people warm plus the upcoming holiday season. Merry knitting to everyone!

kathleen57 wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 10:41 AM

My goal is always to start my Christmas gift knitting in June...this year I started in May because I am knitting my brother a scarf out of Jade Sapphire Mongolian cashmere. The scarf needs to be 60-65" long and this is lace weight knitted on size 1! I hope I finish for Christmas! One of my sisters-in-law is getting a Holden shawlette and the other an Ophelia nephew wants a Nordic sweater.....good thing I started early!

RPinto wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 9:39 AM

Hi everyone, I started my knitting in the spring and so far have made one slouch beret, one matching cowl and now working on a pair of matching gloves.  When my hubby is not home, I'm working on a cashmere & wool dress scarf for him.

Happy knitting everyone!

DJ Hendricks wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 8:37 AM

I'm knitting a sweater for my sister. It's the first time I've knit a piece of clothing for someone else, so I'm really nervous about getting the size just right. Fortunately, I was able to borrow her favorite sweater and get all the measurements from that. Hopefully, if my sweater comes out about the same size, I've got the perfect Christmas gift. The back is already done, and it looks like it's right on the money!

melsheljack wrote
on Aug 1, 2012 7:19 AM

I have been knitting shawlettes and cowls, my gift drawer is half full and for some unknown reason I started in the spring, my normal mo is to start in October or November!