Mittens, they’re a small, a portable project and quick to knit. Do you have a pattern you knit over and over? It works. You know exactly how to do it because you’ve done it so many times before. Or do you download different mitten patterns to try something new? A new stitch pattern, a different yarn or a different way of doing them? It can make knitting mittens an adventure.
These are mine. A new pattern: Any Gauge Mittens, Top Down
They start at the top, yes, the top. That way you can dive into your stash and pick up any ball of yarn and get started right away. NO SWATCH. I love that.
Work increases until they are the correct size. GAUGE DOESN’T MATTER. In fact, nowhere in this Top Down Mitten pattern is it referred to. Not once.
If they’re for you, knit until you can fit your finger tips into the mitten top.
You also get to knit the thumbs from the top too. That’s the exciting part. It’s knit as a giant I-Cord on two double pointed needles. Quick, really quick.
Check out the Video: Any Gauge Mitten, Thumb
What do you do with all those ladders? You hook them up with a crochet hook, just like a dropped stitch. It’s magic!
Video: Hooking Up the Thumb Ladders
I’m experimenting with videos as you can see. Ha, it’s a learning curve for sure. I’ve made videos to go with each section of the mitten knitting. You’re getting all the info you would get in an Any Gauge Mitten, Top Down workshop. Let me know if this works for you.
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2 thoughts on “Any Gauge Mittens, Top Down”
Great. Are they ambidextrous? I like to do 6 identical mittens for grandchildren – as they loose them one at a time, they still have a pair.
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I’m afraid they aren’t ambidextrous. There is definitely a right and left hand. If you want an adventure you could try Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Mystery Mittens. You can knit a pair and a spare.