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I started making these mitts as a HPKCHC Quidditch project ages ago. I ran out of black yarn mere yards before the finish line and promptly lost interest.

However, I had a little black yarn left over from my beater headband and remembered these cuties.

The first glove was a bit big for me so I decided to decrease some stitches just before the black ribbing. This improved the fit quite a lot, so while I was on a roll knitting in my local park, I unravelled the ribbing on the first glove and re-knit that smaller too.


I carried the black yarn up the stripes to save on ends. There were still a fair few to do, but it wasn’t too bad.

Pattern: Simple Fingerless Mitts (free pattern!)

Yarn: Various scraps (mostly acrylic DK, some sock held double) from my stash

Needle: 3.5mm DPNs

Ravelry project page

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As always when knitting garments for hands, I was reminded that fiddling with the fingers and mitten shell is by far the most time-consuming part. However, for me it’s also the most worthwhile as it creates a very practical item that is less likely to be dropped and lost.

I made a few changes from my last Smartphone Friendly Mitts, creating a size in between the medium and large for a wonderful fit. I was amazed at the difference in gauge you get between knitting on 2.75mm and 2.5mm needles. These mittens, which are knit on the smaller needles, are noticeably warmer than my old Broad Streets. I really loved the last pair of mittens I made even though they are the tiniest bit tight. This new colourway should also go better with my red coat.


It was so interesting to read my notes on the Broad Street mittens I made. Just under three years ago, these were probably the most fiddly item I had ever made to that point. I certainly remember puzzling over a few things in the pattern. It’s nice to be able to see my progress in craft through this blog.

How I made my mitten shell:
CO 32 sts. I recommend tubular (great tutorial here) but long tail would also work.

K 11 rows

Divide onto two needles

Pick up 30 sts across knuckles of mitten. Be careful to make sure you pick up starting from the centre of the pinky or your shell will not hang straight.

With working yarn from ribbed flap, K across picked up stitches, dividing onto two needles as you go.

Knit across the stitches you just ribbed, joining to work in the round.

Increase one stitch in the ladder before the picked up stitches. K30. Inc 1, K to end. Place marker for beginning of round (64 sts total)

K for 32 rounds. Try on. You don’t want to start the star decrease before you’ve knit just past your pinky.

Star decrease

K6, k2tog around (56 sts)

K 1 rnd

k5, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd (48 sts)

K 5 rounds

k4, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 4 rounds

k3, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 3 rounds

k2, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 2 rounds even.

k1, k2tog* *rep to end of rnd

K 1 round

K2tog* *rep to end of rnd

Graft remaining 8 sts together

Then sew in the million ends.



Here’s how they look with the matching scarf.


Yarn: Bad Day by The Lemonade Shop

Pattern: Smartphone Friendly Mitts x Broad Street (free pattern)

Ravelry project page


I think sock yarn projects are ideal for travel knitting. Part of my holiday planning is always choosing a plane project. I feel like I have enough hand knit socks at the moment, so I decided instead to replace my old Broad Street Mittens with some snazzy new ones.

Here they are in Hong Kong after I cast on during the twelve hour flight. I’ve divided for the thumb and pinkie. I did this while watching Jurassic World, Mr Holmes, Johnny English, some episodes of Louis and one dreadful episode of Glee. I loved that show when I was younger.

On my second, shorter, flight I finished a couple of fingers but became stuck because I couldn’t remember how to do a tubular BO. I also destroyed my emotions with American Sniper and needed a nap afterwards. Being on planes makes me much more emotional than usual, but it was an interesting film.


I’m improvising a size just between medium and large and the fit is really good.

Pattern: Smartphone-friendly mitts

Yarn: Bad Day Might Sock by the Lemonade shop

Ravelry project page


A few weeks ago, I posted about some rainbow fingerless gloves that I’d started knitting. Here‘s where I managed to get to.

In progress rainbow mitts

Since I had to make this for a pretty tight deadline, I gathered all the colours and took them with me on a forthcoming trip to France to visit my dad. Here I am casting off the first glove in a queue at the airport. I love travel knitting, it really reduces my stress.

Casting off rainbows

So I continued knitting away on my mini break, and as I started to near the finish line, I realised something. A small knot of dread lodged itself in my chest, and slowly grew with each additional stitch.

So close!

Noooooooooooooo!

I ran out of black acrylic. Clearly I did something to anger the knitting gods.

Since I moved house, I seem to have misplaced these mitts. I’ve managed to locate some extra yarn that would do, just to give myself a sense of completion. I’m going to a festival in the summer and I’d really like to take these along.

Pattern: Simple Fingerless Mitts (free pattern!)

Yarn: Various scraps (mostly acrylic DK, some sock held double) from my stash

Needle: 3.5mm DPNs

Ravelry project page


Last week I found myself knitting another unexpected item, a very simple pair of fingerless gloves (mitts if you’re American) from a free pattern on Ravelry. Normally I try not to knit things especially for the HPKCHC but I was inspired by an  empassioned  post making it clear that a Lion victory at Quidditch could help us win the Cup and I found myself whispering “Gryffindor needs me!”  (Yup, that actually happened). Anyway, I decided that if I had to make something a bit boring, I would experiment with colour.

 
I have vague plans to make a rainbow striped jumper some time in the future. 


I could hardly be more pleased with how beautifully these mitten-glove hybrids knitted up. They look absolutely stunning in the beautiful Stray Cat sock yarn I blew half my bursary on last year.

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Hott. I couldn’t resist taking a few gloved glamour shots when the sun peeked out for a few minutes when I’d sewn in the ends.

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What? No, of course I didn’t go out and buy nail varnish especially so my nails would look half decent in these pics!

These are knit on smaller 2.5mm needles, giving a nice tight fabric to keep the wind out. I like the tight fit on the mittens too.

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Check out my Ravelry page for the original pattern, plus the mods I made to attach the mitten shell to the glove. I used the method adapted from the Broad Street mittens I’ve made before. It’s funny to realise that when I made those gloves, I hadn’t yet realised that pictures should be taken in decent light so that, you know, you can actually see the item. If you Google Broad Street mittens, I’m in the top three images and it’s a little embarrassing.

The only downside is that, having sworn off knitting fingers, I now want to make another pair of these to go with my red coat!


This week I decided to take a break from my big knitting and crochet projects and knit myself a new pair of gloves. I like to have a pair to keep in the pockets of each of my coats, for ease. These gloves will really complement my newish raincoat. Previously all I had was a massive men’s rain-tent that I obtained from an ex. Now I have a little women’s jacket that is just about smart enough to wear to work. Win. I suck at transitional dressing. Anyway, I have made good progress on the first glove I was pretty happy when I worked the thumb.

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The yarn is self-striping sock yarn from Stray Cat, a company based in New Zealand. I bought it via Etsy. The pattern is Smartphone Friendly Mitts, available on Ravelry. I’m not sure if any fellow Ravellers read my blog, but if you do, my handle is crafty-crusader. I don’t have many Rav friends even though I sing its praises constantly, to the boredom of most people I know.

I like the fact that these gloves fit very tightly. I have now nearly finished both gloves, so the next step will be to attach mitten shells that I can flip over to keep my fingers warm. I used to spend a small fortune on gloves each winter as I would have to take one off to use my phone, then drop it. Since I switched to convertible mittens, my glove attrition rate has dropped to nearly zero (famous last words). I should draw a graph.
I recently read a blog post about the joy of fingerless gloves. At the time I remember thinking ‘knitting fingers isn’t so bad’. For reference, making the body of each glove probably takes four to six hours. Each finger has been taking an additional hour. I will be joining the fingerless glove club after this project!