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Smitten with Knitted Mittens? Enter our Mitten Giveaway!

Jul 29, 2010

Do you love knitting mittens? Or are you interested in learning how? Knitting mittens is a little like knitting socks - with less worry about fit. Today we're super excited because it's launch month for the new season of Knitting Daily TV and we're celebrating with a free mitten pattern and special giveaway drawing for our readers and viewers. KnittingDaily.com is giving away three sets of finished mittens from the Smitten pattern collection, designed by Mags Kandis for Mission Falls, and one additional winner will receive the pattern booklet and 10 free skeins of 1824 Wool and 1824 Cotton yarn! You heard that right! Knitters in the blogosphere are familiar with yarn giveaways, but this time, we're giving away the finished mittens so you can enjoy and wear them right away (and have the time to knit a matching scarf before Fall)!

UPDATE August 5, 2010: We have our winners! Of the 125 comments, our random number generator selected Knitting Daily members Jean01, LisaR@39, Kelleigh, and Conniehen as our top four winners. Please join me in congratulating them. Ladies, check your Knitting Daily inboxes for instructions on sending me your mailing address. Thanks!

To be entered into our random giveaway, leave a comment on this blog with your favorite tip for knitting, wearing, or organizing your mittens. We'll randomly select four winners among the comments to receive one of these four fabulous giveaways. (Comments must be left by August 4th at noon EST to be entered in the random drawing.) What's more to love? It's yarn and mittens!

Download the Free Knitted Mitten Pattern - the Hena Mittens - from Knitting Daily TV Episode 505

Everyone's a winner today! If you love mittens, download the free pattern for the Hena Mittens, an exclusive excerpt from Smitten by designer Mags Kandis for Mission Falls.

Want more mitten advice? Check your local listings for episode 505 of the new season of Knitting Daily, where Shay Pendray demonstrates the Hena Mittens and some simple embroidery techniques that can be used to make your mitten projects (or any project!) more colorful and uniquely you.

Have you tried using yarn for French Knots or other embroidery stitches on finished knitwear? Don't forget to leave your tips in the comments and be entered to win our giveaway!

Finally, if you're a fan of designer Mags Kandis, you won't want to miss her new book Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet -- out in bookstores nationwide this August.

 


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gpliska wrote
on Nov 5, 2010 2:15 PM

This is not a pattern to make the flat mitten base it is a tutorial on french knot embellishment. Without the mitten pattern what do you embellish. I was very disappointed as I wanted to try to make and embellish the mittens.

rodeoknits wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 10:04 AM

I knit mittens at a much smaller gauge than the yarn calls for, much like socks. They wear better and are warmer. For example, on worsted weight yarns, I won't knit with a needle larger than a US 5 or US 6. This also seems to slow pilling.

jennknitting wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 9:45 AM

lately i've been doing fingerless gloves as gifts! they are super cute, and allow your fingers to still be nimble - this year i did matching sets of gloves + headbands for me and my sister, and last year did gloves + a hat for my aunt! maybe this year, my friends will get some mittens with ruffles on the end like the thrills ones above!

RachelK@18 wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 9:07 AM

I make my mittens a little big and wear  thin glove liners underneath. That way if I need to take my mitten off  for any reason, like to use the door key, then my hands stay warm.

Tishy wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 6:33 AM

My great aunt would knit my seven brothers and sisters and I mittens every year since we could stand in snow.  Granted, she lived in a retirement community in New England and would start as soon as she sent off the box of finished mittens at Christmas time, but they are treasured and as durable as the day they were constructed.

When one of my younger sisters and I were traveling with my dad and two of our brothers one summer, we had the pleasure of making a stop off at Great Aunt Francis' apartment to witness her knitting for the coming year.  Wow, is all I could say.  She gave me an appreciation for needle work that I tucked away to use today.  I am SO ready to make the Norwegian mittens with skulls for my son for this winter.

I would like to continue the tradition of mittens, however, with a new twist on styling and design.  Can't wait to get started!

KimP@25 wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 8:23 PM

Ooh how pretty,  I

TerriG@11 wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 11:22 AM

What a fantastic give away! I love to knit mittens!

Jenness wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 11:07 AM

These are adorable!  When starting cuffs I like to cast on with two needles using the provisional leaving an extra long tail.  I knit in the tail in with the entire first row.  This makes it aa bit more decorative and stretchy and I don't have to weave in the ends.  I just nestle the tail under an underside stitch or two and snip.

EloiseW wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 9:40 AM

I would love to win already knitted mittens.  Last year I knit a pair for my SIL and she said they were both right handed.  The pattern said to knit 2 alike.  I don't know what I did wrong.  Or maybe it is her hands.  ;)

Glennis wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 8:40 AM

I knit a lot of mitts.  Mostly mohair and wool and thrummed with mohair.  Keeps my family warm.  

on Aug 3, 2010 8:29 AM

I've not tried knitting mittens yet, but I'd love to give it a go.  If I were knitting for a small child I think I would try making a batch of "mix and match" mittens...6 or more mittens in patterns and colors that all coordinate.  That way the child would always have a pair available.

OzKnitter wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 7:40 AM

You need more than one pair of mittens to make it through winter. I have a "fingering" weight pair and a "worsted" weight pair. The temperature determines which pair I wear.

archercrafts wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 7:29 AM

I love knitting mittens!! Actually I am planning on knitting a pair for each family member this year for Christmas. The one thing I have learned, especially when  making them for children, is to use superwash wool or another fiber that doesn't felt. Learned that the hard way when my son used my mittens to play in the snow and the mittens felted down to the size of his hands. Live and learn.

takejoy wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 7:07 AM

I love making mittens and fingerless gloves. My tip would be to always make the cuff longer. Mittens are playful and fun and yes I knit a lot of socks and find mittens much easier!

CapeCodPurls wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 7:05 AM

LOVE mittens!  what fun to mix up colors and designs in a quick project!  Very gratifying making and also seeing the face of the recipient when they open the package.  SMILE!!

Carolyn@6 wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 6:58 AM

When knitting two color mittens ( pattern) I find a finger yarn guide really helps with tension and keeping the yarns untangled - - Plus when I put the knitting down and pick it up several days later - - the yarns are still in the correct order - - especially important when on ecolor appears above the other.

Jane GeorgeG wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 6:02 AM

I have only made baby mittens, the kind with no thumbs, would love to step it up a notch.

Diane@23 wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 2:20 AM

I find that a pair of socks take too long to complete and have instead tried to keep a pair of mitten or fingerless gloves on the needles for my "take along" waiting project.  Keeping the project in my purse in a zip-closure bag ensures that yarn and a project is always at hand whenever I find myself with a few minutes to myself.

Diane in Northern CA

MarjorieS@6 wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 1:13 AM

I love to knit mittens! When my boys were young I would make a basket full of identical mittens each fall. The boys would have plenty of mittens to change into when they played in the snow. Their favorite, and mine, had gaunlet style cuffs.

Midgie sews wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:13 PM

I have not knitted mittens before, but look forward to knitting these. When learning to knit with dpns and with circulars, I have been intrigued with watching socks come to life. My busy lifestyle and schedule only allows me to take a 'bite a day' at knitting some weeks, but that is how you eat an elephant, and my projects eventually get completed!

countryspice wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:51 PM

Most mittens get lost in the wash so take your favorite form of connecting knits such as a plastic stitch marker and clip them together.

If you make mittens for your children be sure to put their names in them so if they are lost on the bus or at school they can be returned.  As a former teacher I can't tell you how many students could not identify their mittens, gloves, jackets, and sweaters,

countryspice wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:51 PM

Most mittens get lost in the wash so take your favorite form of connecting knits such as a plastic stitch marker and clip them together.

If you make mittens for your children be sure to put their names in them so if they are lost on the bus or at school they can be returned.  As a former teacher I can't tell you how many students could not identify their mittens, gloves, jackets, and sweaters,

ClaudiaY wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:08 PM

Mittens are as important as my bag. I like to wear mittens which match my hand made bag and outfit.

KatharineS@3 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 7:51 PM

love the look of these, and if they are truly easier than knitting socks, I've got no excuse not to try them!  Once I finish the hat on the needles at the mo...

DonnaT wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 6:06 PM

Another tip: for children, it's always a good idea to connect the mittens with a cord that can be threaded through the coat sleeves.  You can use icord but I always found it faster to fasten the yarn (doubled is good) to one mitten & crochet a chain just long enough to stretch across the back through the sleeves (not up the arm, across the should & down the other arm - that would be way too long).  Then fasten it to the second mitten & slip stitch back across the cord to the first mitten.  That makes a nice durable cord that is faster to make than icord & less stretchy.  

DonnaT wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 6:02 PM

My favorite tip is, just like with socks, use a needle at least one & maybe 2 or 3 sizes smaller than you would normally use with the yarn, especially if you live in a really cold climate like Chicago where the wind comes whistling off the lake & right through too loosely knit mittens!

Laurijordan wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 5:08 PM

I like to knit both mittens at the same time, that way I know they're the same size

Pauline@18 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 3:05 PM

I knitted mittens,gloves of all kinds and all kinds of things in my days as gifts.

But I find the gifts given to the ones in need are so much more appreciative.

I sure would love to do these mittens this year for them.Those are really nice..I think my grandaughter and great grandson would also like a pair.

Markiesnana wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 2:12 PM

I starting making mittens for the grandchildren last year.

I like to add an extra 2 inches in length to the wrist area so their little wrists won't get exposed to the snow and the New England cold.

Glennis wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:40 PM

I have been a prolific mitten knitter for quite a few years.  My preference is to use natural fibres in the yarn (mohair, alpaca, or soft wool) and then I thrum them with mohair roving.  Nice and soft and very warm.

SheriB@4 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:38 PM

I love to make mittens and I like to make 1 mitten in each color of Lambs Pride and then mix/match sets for gifts - these have been very popular gifts and I have had many requests for "sets" of mixed/matched mittens.  The Lambs Pride colors are so beautiful and look great together.

conniehen wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:20 PM

Great minds must think alike.  I was in my local yarn store, Sophie's in Louisville KY & they had just gotten this patter book in & I saw the super cute designs and bought it.  I've never made mittens (i'm new to knitting) but the fun colors and designs made me buy it so I can try it.  Tks, Connie

2treasures wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:20 PM

I have only knit 2 pair of mittens but they were fun and very easy I'm inspired to do more. I'll have to wait to check out the book from the library. (our social security budget barely leaves me yarn money and no money for books)

alesia121 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:09 PM

looking forward to making the mittens! Thanks!

BarbaraF@3 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:04 PM

Cute mittens!

Lisaa21 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 1:01 PM

I've never made mittens yet. This looks like an easy pattern to start with!

NormalMom wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 12:39 PM

I remember how excited I was when I finished my first pair of mittens!  I thought thumbs were going to be sooooo hard.

MonikaM wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 12:31 PM

As an avid sock knitter, I'd love to begin making matching mittens for my family this year!!!  Like with socks, I think using the 'magic loop' method with both mitts on the needle at the same time, would ensure that there are 2 mitts each time!

MonikaM wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 12:27 PM

I've been an avid sock knitter for several years now ... and I've made some fingerless gloves in the past as well.  I think this year I'd like to begin knitting matching socks and mittens for my family so these patterns will definitely come in handy!!

nancyrae wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 12:07 PM

I knit mittens for charity. I generally use a very basic pattern, but I get bored with it easily! I would love to try something a bit more interesting! A good tip? crochet a long chain and attach it to each mitten. When the child puts their coat on, run the chain up one arm, around their back, and down the second arm.

GrandmaSuzy wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:41 AM

I think it would be neat to make a matching pair of mittens and socks. I haven't tried making mittens yet, but if they are as easy as socks, count me in!

Carol Y wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:34 AM

I wish I had a tip, but I don't. I really like these mittens because I think mittens should be fun and creative like socks. Even better than socks because everyone can see them!

SusanI@2 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:32 AM

Wearing Mittens....Drab coat and Bright, colorful Mittens...also so you can find them.  Just plain, drab colored ones won't do...

skinouye@hotmail.com

PamC@22 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:19 AM

Have never made mittens but have actually been wanting to learn.  Love to knit socks so sounds like I could handle it.  Love to wear mittens!  

audreyd22 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:00 AM

I love my new "lined" mittens.  I knit with a yarn I love and also with a ribbon of fleece and knit with both at the same time and end up with a pair of really warm fully lined mittens.  So warm and soft.

sontsunami06 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:59 AM

Only knit two pairs of mittens so far, but by far the best way to do it if you suffer from second sockitis or something similar is to do it two at a time on a circ.  I organize all my hand knit mittens and socks on a clothesline hanging across one wall of my art room with little clothespins.  That way they stay out of the way of the dog, they make pretty wall art, and I can see them all at once to decide which ones i want to wear that day!

Agarbe wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:54 AM

I am ready to learn a new technique after knitting sweaters and vests I am up for learning how to knit mittens and socks.

on Aug 2, 2010 10:43 AM

You've inspired me to start my first pair of mittens!  I've always loved the portability of socks - mittens offer the same advantage.

klg727 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:28 AM

I love knitting mittens!!!!

JackieH wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:25 AM

I love to make them for my grandchildren.

JackieH wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:24 AM

I love to make them for the grandkids.

on Aug 2, 2010 10:05 AM

Love the mittens!

Pbulatko wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:03 AM

I KNIT SOCKS ALL OF THE TIME AND i WOULD REALLY LOVE TO LEARN MITTENS NEXT.. HOPING i WIN

MaryjoO wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 10:00 AM

My tip is to search around and find a pattern that you really love -- whether plain or stranded colorwork -- and then just start to get a basic feel.  Then, after a pair, you can tweek the pattern to REALLY fit your hands (lots of help is available online on how to fit gloves/mittens properly).  I have narrow wrists but a women's large hand, so I always have to do some adjustments!

on Aug 2, 2010 9:57 AM

I like to have fun customizing the cuff. It adds a little somethin'-somethin' to a sleeve.

moilulu wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:54 AM

long cuffs make good mitts

Carol1Urban wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:51 AM

I love to knit and especially love making knittens.  I think they keep fingers warmer during the winter than gloves do.  Looking forward to seeing all the new colors and designs out this year!

Hege wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:46 AM

I'd love to win those mittens and the yarn :)

My tips is to knit both thumbs after the mittens are done.

mamajazz wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:42 AM

Those are some of the cutest mittens I've ever seen.  I'm a big lover of summer, but seeing those patterns makes me wanna get my winter on!!  Please please PLEASE...pick me to win the patterns and yarn!

mamajazz wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:42 AM

Those are some of the cutest mittens I've ever seen.  I'm a big lover of summer, but seeing those patterns makes me wanna get my winter on!!  Please please PLEASE...pick me to win the patterns and yarn!

dkelewae wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:41 AM

Mittens make the perfect gift for friends and family of all ages.  They're also wonderful to create and donate to homeless shelters.

ivy4holly wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:38 AM

these look like a fun pair of mittens to make.  thanks for offering the free pattern!

dianepag wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:35 AM

having poor circulation and Raynaud's syndrome, I use picks and gloves as soon as the weather starts to cool, sometimes even in the summer.  I keep a pair in my purse, in the diaper bag, in my running jacket... The more the merrier. ( and warmer )

SabrinaD@3 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:32 AM

Very pretty mittens! And thanks for the pattern, too.

PattiT@2 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:20 AM

I love mittens. These are works of art!!!  Who wouldn't want to win.  I love mittens, they are as adeictive as socks, thats for sure!!

NancyB@86 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:18 AM

My favorite tip for wearing handmade knitted mittens, is, when storing them in the drawer, after winter is over, I weave a single length of yarn between the two of them, and then tie them together.

Then, come winter, I can find BOTH mittens immediately.  No frustrations in searching around for the other mitten.

mmpelhham wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:15 AM

Great time to start knitting mittens before the cold weather hits. I am starting now so my grandson has plenty to wear and choose from.    The more fun they look, the more likely he won't loose them.

MissColee wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:12 AM

I love knitting mittens! but I also get second mitten syndrome... a version of second sock syndrome. So, I just knit whatever colors I want and stick random colors together. People like them b/c they're unique!

Tiffeny wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:12 AM

I have been knitting for a year now. I love it! I have plans to make mittens for some of my family for Christmas, and this is a cute pattern. The yarn would be lovely also! I believe I would try and magic loop whenever possible. I like to keep only one project going at a time, and when I am finished, it goes into a basket labeled with the family's name. Right now, I just finished sock monkey hats for my neices, and am about to start on the mittens, then the leg warmers. I love the fact that no one else will have the same, and they will be wearing something that I made them. Hopefully it will be something they will keep and pass to their children.

M. D.H wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:11 AM

My favorite mitten tip: make them ambidextrous, so you can make three out of the same yarn (especially for small hands) and they're both easier to put on, and easier to deal with when one gets lost.

Micha wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:08 AM

I would love to get these patterns! I made mittens as a gift for someone last year and they were absolutely luscious. I look forward to making some for my daughter. My best tip for mittens is to make them so they can fit either hand, and make lots of them for kids in case they are lost!!

LindaB@90 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:08 AM

Mittens are so fun and fast to knit. I like to knit mittens and a scarf to match.

Thanks for the fun contest.

on Aug 2, 2010 9:07 AM

Love this giveaway, especially the yarn! ; ) We store our mittens in felted yarn baskets....maybe a bit excessive, but beautiful and fun!

on Aug 2, 2010 9:06 AM

I made my first mittens last winter and they were so fun, fast and easy!

snwyowl91 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:05 AM

I still use the string between the two mittens that you pass through your coat sleeves. I know it is dangerous for kids but, it allows me to not lose one of my handmade favorites.

on Aug 2, 2010 9:04 AM

I like adding embroidery to mine and I have a plastic tub that is only for mittens/gloves, scarves and hats!

Micha wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:03 AM

I love these mitten patterns. I look forward to making some for this winter. Normally I make fingerless gloves, but these mittens look like too much fun. The best tip I have for anything worn on the hand is to make sure the wrist is plenty snug, not just for fit, but for comfort too.

KaytenK wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:03 AM

Knit mittens with two thumbs, add a face on top, and you've got puppets as well as mittens for kids!!!

ASDKids2 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:02 AM

Testing

KrisC@5 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:01 AM

Cute mittens!  Last winter I modified a mitten pattern to make the red "Olympic" mittens, but I forgot about adjusting the thumb opening for right AND left thumbs.  So my tip is to make sure your pattern has a right and left thumb opening.

ASDKids2 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 9:00 AM

When picking up stitches for the thumb, pick up an extra one on each side, between the last thumb stitches and the first hand stitch.  K2 tog on each side in first round of thumb.  This eliminates holes.  

LisaR@39 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:54 AM

Don't forget your local cold weather shelter, safe house, or children's center!!! Someone there would really appreciate a pair of lovingly handmade mittens!!!

Maggie@106 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:54 AM

The "Middle Eastern Cast-On" for toe-up socks works great for fingers-up mittens, and I enjoy converting patterns to this method. It lets me try on a mitten (for me!) to place the thumb and cuffs right where I want them, or try them on someone else who's being gifted with a custom pair. It's also well worth learning the "afterthought thumb"...some folks mark the spot with waste yarn, but I'm a "snip and ravel" type, that way I can custom-locate the thumb once the fingerless mitten is complete (and have the thrill of cutting my own work and living to talk about it ;-)

(Middle Easter Cast-On? See www.knittingdaily.com/.../toe-up-socks-the-middle-eastern-cast-on.aspx)

(Afterthought thumbs? see www.knittingdaily.com/.../27058.aspx and www.knittingdaily.com/.../31783.aspx

LisaR@39 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:51 AM

Don't forget your local cold weather shelter, safe house, or children's center!!!  Someone there could really use a pair of lovingly handmade mittens!!!

KendraY wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:50 AM

This is the year I make mittens and gloves.  I live in a new climate with more snow and I need warmer then I have so I have been looking at patterns all summer long.

barbara.nana wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:50 AM

Love knitting mittens.....  I knit lots for my grandkids, but most of my finished mittens go to my church's free store to be handed out to those in need.  I can't stand the thought of cold hands, especially on little people.

Knitting's always awesome; winning something is a bonus!

EllenM@36 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:49 AM

I LOVE Mission Falls yarn. I have made so many gifts with it.

My mitten tip is to put one in each pocket of my winter coat, so when I'm ready to go, my mittens are too.

Thanks for having this great giveaway!

Troy wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:44 AM

I would love to make mittens to keep my hands warm & some for family & friends; which would in turn make them wish to learn to knit as well.  Nothing screams "love" more than homemade items, especially around the holiday or just as a gift for giving.  What a plan.  I would win these & put to good use.  Great idea Interweave

laffertyct wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:43 AM

My favorite mitten tip is - always make three, especially when gifting to children!  We all know that snowmen eat mittens, as do school buses, lockers, etc.  So always make three so there's a replacement when they inevitably lose one!

Peace,

Liz

pldallewis wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:37 AM

I love to knit and have been wanting to learn how to knit mittens. My mom has knitted mittens for my kids and they are adorable. I have organized my mittens for the kids in a clear plastic container with a lid. I always fold over the cuff to keep the mittens together so they are easy to grab and go. I have wanted to knit my own mittens and look forward to trying them out.

sfaddies wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:35 AM

I have an 11 year old daughter that has Down Syndrome and she is ALL about mittens.  When it became warmer I had to hide them or she would wear them all summer...

kathi w wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:35 AM

Have never tried mittens.. some of these look fantastic!

KarenVR wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:33 AM

Mittens are a fun thing to knit without too much time/materials invested, and there is plenty of room to be creative too!

SusanR@141 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:31 AM

I have successfully knitted 2 pair of socks (ok, 1 pair was toddler sized!) and have been looking more and more at mitten patterns.  Maybe I just need to take the plunge with this pattern!

Jackie P wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:28 AM

I've never made mittens or gloves, but I'd sure like to give it a try!  These are darling!

ropergirl3 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:26 AM

I love to knit mittens!  I do find that when I knit them the easiest way for me to keep track of rows is to use one of those little spiral top notebooks.  Then I can mark rows and stitches for the mittens on the left and right side of the same page then put yarn use and notes on the back if I use it again!  

AmyJ facebook.com/amyshandmadevintage

fracksmom wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:25 AM

Fracks mom

Oh know it didn't ask for my name, the comment with the idiot mittens was mine

katzendog wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:25 AM

My favorite tip --when picking up thumb stitches, pick up and knit extra stitch on each side then knit 2 tog on either side on next row.  This helps prevent holes.

JulieB@47 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:25 AM

i like to make 3 mittens cuz you know one is gonna get lost:}

fracksmom wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:24 AM

Mittens are for wearing on those early morning dog walks, or for when you go somewhere late at night here in So Calif.  but when I go off to visit people where it is cold they are very handy to have in the suitcase.   When I was in college I mom made me idiot mittens.  When back when you crocheted a chain between the 2 so when you took off your jacket your mittens stayed with it.  No lost mittens

mccallsa wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:18 AM

I love knitting mittens! Great summer project! I use cics to knit them

Kaliko wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 5:50 AM

I like to organize my mittens by hanging them in pairs on picture frame wire on the wall when not in use.

DebbieB52 wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 4:16 AM

Living in New England means a constant need for mittens come winter time.  I try to keep all wet mittens on one of our radiators so that the next time someone needs to go out they have a nice dry pair of warm mittens to put on and face the cold.  Believe me when the temps dip close to zero nothing feels better than these mittens and the added bonus that they are hand-made with love doesn't hurt either.

JanetW@24 wrote
on Aug 1, 2010 9:46 PM

I started knitting mittens a few months ago and I am addicted! :)  

My tip is to knit in the round using the "magic loop" method with a circular needle, instead of double pointed needles.

Once you have a basic mitten pattern you can map it out on graph paper and design whatever mitten you want. The possibilities are endless.

Janet

nattyknit wrote
on Aug 1, 2010 3:35 PM

I am a knitting novice keeping to all things unfitted - scarves, market bags, baby blankets, with the occasional hat thrown into the mix.  If I can just learn how to make mittens to match my scarves, I will be the best dressed early childhood teacher on the block!  I store my collection of scarves and matching hats in one of those hanging sweater storage units.  There is a "shelf" for each color, very easy to find in the early morning.

sdixon2 wrote
on Jul 31, 2010 6:00 PM

i can't wait to knit mittens i can be pre-pared for winter even though it's still summer!

:-) :)

jac62 wrote
on Jul 31, 2010 10:20 AM

My sister gave me a pair of felted mittens for xmas a couple years ago and I

absolutely love them....I have never made mittens and as soon as I finish the

hats (2 - for a donation) I have going right now, I am making the mittens.  

emily@80 wrote
on Jul 30, 2010 9:30 AM

my tip is when you need a marker for your knitting and maybe to wrap that exta yarn left over from cast on take the plastic bread wrap flat twist holder.  wish me luck on the contest hope this makes the grade:) Emily 0n july 30 11:31AM

pipes wrote
on Jul 30, 2010 8:16 AM

No more drafty thumbs - my favorite trick when knitting mittens, I pick up an extra couple of stitches as necessary for the thumb.  I immediately decrease the extra stitches in the first knitted row and this eliminates some of the gaps than can happen when picking up the thumb.

JenniferM@4 wrote
on Jul 30, 2010 7:13 AM

My tip for making mittens warmer is to felt them. They're so warm and cozy!

Hauge wrote
on Jul 30, 2010 6:30 AM

When making mittens allow your self to play!

Try out new cabels, stranded patterns, textured knitting, you name it. Just try it out. And when you do it, consider: Do this pattern or a similar work fore a larger item, and the most important consideration: Will I ever finish a larger item with this sort of pattern or will it just be a new UFO in your stash.

You can also use up your leftovers!

BeckyB@22 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 10:28 PM

I have found I like making 2 mittens at once using the magic loop method, just be sure to make a left and right thumb!

ZassZ wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 7:23 PM

Well it never fails, when I walk out the door, I forgot either my hat, mittens or gloves, scarf, or an extra sweater.  I dislike having to unlock several doors to go back inside the house to get these things and then out again and lock up again, making me possibly late.  

I  plan ahead now by putting an extra hat, gloves, scarf, sweater on the bookshelf right beside the back door.  It's the last thing I see before I close the door and if I need anyone of these items, I just scoop them up.    

It has happened at times that a friend will have done the same thing I do, and now she is cold without her mittens.  I then either offer her one of mine to keep at least one of her hands warm, but mostly she'll suffer in the cold.  Now, I keep an extra pair of mittens in my trunk, and since they are "extra", my mittenless friend will warmly accept my offer to put on an extra pair of mittens and keep warm without feeling guilty and we all enjoy our little walks outdoors.  

MollyN@2 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 4:28 PM

when my children were small, i used to knit their mittens from a pattern that could be worn on either the left or right hand.  then, since they were children and frequently lost their mittens, i would always knit a third mitten....hey presto!  no more tears when their favorite mitten set got 'half-lost'!

MonicaT@2 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 3:33 PM

I made some fingerless gloves.  I would love to try my hand at mittens!

yogaticha wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 3:31 PM

I so desperatiely want to make some, but I'm scared of mittens.  Your comment that they are easier than socks (and I've made one pair of those) has given me the boost I need to try and tackle a mitten pattern.

So, really, I'm just commenting without any nuggets of useful information to share.  

Kati@2 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 3:23 PM

One of my first knitting projects was a pair of Fox and Geese pattern mittens -- but I made two right-hand mittens! I got a lot of grief from the other knitters in my family, but I wore them anyway.  Now, though, I take time to double check the placement of the thumb gore. :)

Anonymous@2 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 2:37 PM

Please enter me, I'd love to gift some mittens to Mom, and I've not been successful with knitting them. She claims the fingerless, thumbless doodads I finally handed her were "Wonderful", but honestly, I think she'd like her digits covered. If I gave her these mittens, she could hang the mitts I made on fhe fridge, next to that finger-painting I made fifty years ago.

jean01 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 1:17 PM

I like twisted rib and/or half twisted rib because it holds its shape better.  I also hate purling through the back of a stitch.  When knitting in the round I can just knit into the back of the knit sts always for half twisted rib.

However, when knitting flat or for a full twisted rib, here is my tip.  Instead of knitting into the back of a stitch to twist it, change how the stitch is made.  For english knitters, instead of throwing the yarn counter clockwise around the needle, just throw it clockwise.  You will see on the next row that the stitches are twisted so that knitting into the front of the stitch and throwing clockwise maintains the twist.  Easy!!

If you are a continental knitter, purling with the yarn picked up clockwise is actually easier than regular purling.  However, the knit sts take some practise as they want to fall off the needle when knitted this way.  At first, I just use my right forefinger to hold the stitch or the yarn.  Eventually, my hands find an angle for which this works.

This tip works on any garment -- not just for mittens!!

yogama wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 1:06 PM

mittens are so much fun to wear. we can be childlike without being childish. does life get any better than that? plus they are so much easier to knit that golves with all those fingers to deal with. here's to never being to old to sport mittens!

yogama39

Kelleigh wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 11:52 AM

If I have hat/scarf/glove sets, I fold the scarf with the gloves inside, and then put the scarf inside the hat so they all stay together.  I also have one drawer dedicated to my winter accessories.

If you have bulky scarves, put the gloves inside the hat and wrap the scarf around the two so you don't stretch out your hat.  Works for me.

I have yet to make my own gloves/mittens.  Will try with the free pattern you offered.  Thank you for that, by the way!

on Jul 29, 2010 11:05 AM

I haven't knit very many mittens having only completed my first pair last winter but I am ambitiously gathering patterns and stash yarn to make many more this winter. I love classic looks and bright colors so I tend to prefer crazy mittens worn with simple denim, wellington boots and a simple jacket. They add a little flair and personality to a classic look.

on Jul 29, 2010 8:50 AM

mittens are a perfect gift, especially when you live in the midwest! I love knitting them in wool, they're so much warmer than those acrylic, machine-knit ones! It's cute for kids to cross-stitch a bear paw pattern on the palm of the mitten ;)

LizzyK8 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 7:43 AM

How timely... i've been thinking of starting my winter pair...lost my others last winter. :-{

babyal wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 6:53 AM

I'm a knitting wimp. All of my projects have been regular geometic shapes, but I am collecting more ambitious patterns. This could push me over the edge into REAL knitting, instead of casting on and panicking. Here's hoping I can add mittens to my vlouminous scarf collection.

JanetM@12 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 5:54 AM

Just like making socks, it's easiest to create both mittens at once.  Instant gratification when you are done!