I’m fascinated when I see a traditional garment worked in an entirely different way. How did they come up with this idea? Was there a process the designer has gone through to make this breakthrough? Is it a breakthrough at all? I mean do we need to work this garment in some strange way? Was it just the whim of a designer with too much time on their hands?
I know, they are just there to mess with my head.
This is the beginning of a mitten. “Yeah, right”, you say.
How does this turn into a mitten?
It’s a mitten cast on in the oddest place. I have no idea how this came to be. You might have guessed that this is a design by Elizabeth Zimmermann. She called them Sideways Mystery Mittens .
When you fold this weird garter stitch thing you get a mitten. I was truly amazed the first time I knit these.
But after knitting several pairs it was “ho, hum, so what”, ha, ha, NOT. They are still amazing no matter how many pairs I’ve knit.
Then I modified them of course because I just can’t let well enough alone. I added short rows to the back of the hands, I felted a pair, added stripes to another and then made them in different weights of yarn and sizes. I never figured out how she came up with the idea in the first place. A mystery still.
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