Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stuffed Mittens

Today's post is just showing off a little: as promised last summer, TECHknitting has a new pattern published in a nationally distributed magazine. Specifically, Interweave Knits Holiday Issue contains a TECHknitting pattern for stuffed mittens, made a new way.

These stuffed mittens are loosely knit in the main color, using worsted weight yarn.  Once the mittens are finished being knit, they are turned inside out for stuffing.  Although these look like thrummed mittens (which have the tufts knitted in) adding the tufts afterwards makes it easier to add more of them: unlike when they're knit-in, tufts added afterwards don't interrupt the knit fabric's structure. Made extra large to accommodate all that stuffing, they are offered in sizes C,W,M (child's small and medium, as well as women's and men's).

inside and outside of the stuffed mittens
(inside out--at right--they look handy for dusting, don't they?)

The child's medium mittens featured here and in the magazine are knit from Brown Sheep yarns: the main color is Lamb's Pride worsted Mulberry M162, the contrast color tufts are Lamb's Pride bulky Prairie Goldenrod M240.

The fuzzy mitt to the right in the bottom picture is inside out, to show what the tufts look like once they've been fastened into place.  As you can see, stuffed mittens are massively insulated.  For kids, they would be perfect for a snowball fight.  For adults, these would be handy to keep in the car for when you have to scrape the windshield or touch the freezing metal of the gas pump--good for yourself and a great gift for anyone who drives in the cold.

Interweave Holiday Gifts magazine is currently on sale nationally until December 10, 2012, and is also available in a digital version. The copyright will revert to me by next year, at which time TECHknitting will publish the pattern (all four sizes).  However, if you don't want to wait that long, you might like to check your local newsstand or library for the instructions.

Here is the Ravelry link to see other photos of these mittens.

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Coming up next post, more in an Interweave Knits theme.  In the winter of 2010, Interweave Knits published an TECHknitting article on installing zippers in knitwear, a new non-sewing way. Although this blog has referenced that article and the accompanying video, the full text has not been reprinted until now.  The copyright has reverted to me, and the very next post will have the full text and illustrations of that method.  Free on the web at last.

Until next time, happy knitting! --TK


Eveline said...

that is so clever! They look real soft and warm. And also great for dusting!

Suzanne said...

Yahoo! I feel like school is back in session now that your garden season is over. Did you put up a lot this year?

TECHknitter said...

Hi Suzanne--Oh NO! The blog reminds you of school? I hope you liked school? (jk)

I actually gave up on canning food when I moved back into town. But we sure ATE a lot out of the garden, and the root cellar is still full of peppers, tomatoes and cukes. Best, TK said...

I would totally wear those mittens inside out. Love them either way.

Nic said...

That inside out mitten looks like The Lorax! or his beard at any rate.

Lovely mittens, good job!

Nic said...

Or on 2nd thoughts, maybe it's more like a Truffula Tree. ;-)

TECHknitter said...

hahaha--I never thought of wearing them inside out, except maybe for dusting. Maybe I'll wear a pair inside out as part of my halloween costume, to hand out candy when kids come to the door.

Cindy said...

Another great way to get insulated mittens is to wear two pairs - the inner one a bit smaller than the outer one. Growing up, my grandmother would always knit several pairs of mittens for me each year, with some room to spare. The previous year's mittens would be a snug (but still comfortable) fit and be the inner layer. The newer mittens were the outer layer. The mittens were knit in wortsted weight wool, at the end of a long session of playing in the snow, a bit of moisture would just be *starting* to get to the inner layer. When you got inside, you separated the two layers and hung them up to dry - separating them made them dry faster.

I was very sad when after about 15 years of this, my grandmother declared that she was "tired of mittens" (which is understandable, since she was by then doing this for five grandchildren), and stopped knitting them. I learned to knit about 6 years later.