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 Swenson, Lightning Fast Mittens by Hill Vintage and Knits, and Ulster Mittens by Lion Brand Yarn.
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.
Thanks for reading and keep warm.