On the Needles: Smitten With Knit Mittens

yaRRns By Feb 22, 2015 No Comments

The Winter we have all been waiting for has finally come to the Philly area and I have scores of hats, scarves, cowls but nothing for my hands. Do you know what it’s like to clear your car with one glove? Besides utterly ridiculous, it’s cold. Hella cold and I made it my mission to make mittens.

Using Ravelry I looked up three patterns that I could try with the supplies I had on hand and these are the three patterns I have been using. Super Funky Bulky Mitts by Amy SwensonLightning Fast Mittens by Hill Vintage and Knits, and Ulster Mittens by Lion Brand Yarn.

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I played with Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and Loops and Thread Cozy Wool to create the mittens. I like working with bulky yarn, it gives a lovely sense of satisfaction and works up quickly. Of the two I used, Lion’s Brand yarn is my preference. It’s a bit more sturdier to work with and remains soft, keeping it’s shape a bit better. Cozy Wool was a bit more soft and although both are labled “Super Bulky” the Cozy Wool felt a little thin.

I haven’t used Lion Brand Hometown yet but thought the orange would make a fun color for my next pair.



All three patterns are equally fun to use. I will admit that I started with the Lion Brand pattern but ran into trouble when it came to the thumb gusset. The Lightening Fast pattern stumped me with LLI and RLI (Left Leaning Increase and Right Leaning Increase) in spite of the instructions provided with the pattern. This video from Lion Brand helped me:


The Super Funky Bulky Mittens came out really huge but were perfect for Effin Guy. I liked that cuff was a little longer and went further up the arm.

See all completed works on my Instagram page (yes, yes…another click but I promise that it will be worth the click. I am also on Facebook as yaRRns  and invite you to like me there.

Supplies can be bought from Amazon or Shop Michaels Online (use my affiliate link to save 20% Off Entire Purchase including Sale Items).

Thanks for reading and keep warm.



I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.

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