Monday, February 22, 2010

The Last Christmas Gift!

This weekend, I finally finished my brother's flip-top, flip-thumb mittens. I could have had them finished a couple weeks ago, but really needed my brother's thumb handy, to make sure everything fit.

He had tried on the prototype at Christmas, so knitting the hand/mitten part was easy. The thumb still puzzled me, though, so I knit two variations. After he tried them both on Friday evening, I cut the thumb tips off, and redid both.

So - in the end, I knit 3 mittens and 5 thumbs, but ended up with something we both liked.

Fliptop mittens
It was raining outside, so we couldn't take pictures with snow.
I should have at least made my brother put on his coat!


Construction of hand: Nuttinbutknittin's Glittens
Final thumb: Glenna C's Podster Gloves
Colorwork patterning: My own, but nothing fancy - 2x2 squares and some straight lines. The fanciest thing about them is probably the twisted rib cuff!

Yarn: 4 colors of Cascade 220, which is my favorite mitten yarn. I like it for color work, and it makes nice, warm, water-resistant mittens.

Needles: Size 4 DPNs for the cuffs, glove insert, and mitten and thumb tips; size 6 DPNs for the stranded work.


Bezzie said...

I dig! And I've never seen flip top mittens with flip top thumbs! Nice!

Chris said...

Those turned out very cool - they're a lot of fun!

And I finished the last Christmas present over the weekend, too. Must've been something in the air. ;)

Steven said...

Awesome gloves! And I love that you knit five thumbs. I can so identify with that.

Janelle said...

Those look GREAT! I almost embarked on knitting something similar for my 5-year-old, but in the end I chickened out and bought a $4 fleece version at Target (which is good, because he wore them about twice before deciding they impeded his hands too much). Yours may inspire me to knit some for next winter - for me.

Rebekah said...

those are really nice. I love the colors, manly but fun.