Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
[lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II]

Another knitting class starts this weekend—we will make warm, woolen mittens. These mittens offer the knitter an opportunity to work twisted-stitch patterns on a small project. Traditional twisted-stitch knitting is worked with all knit stitches twisted (knit in the back of the stitch) although purl stitches are worked as usual. It is also characterized by sumptuous cables that usually cross only one or two stitches at a time.

Additional details include the palm gusset which adds ease into the palm of the hand where it is needed rather than into the thumb as is often done. The mitts are finished with a double-knit technique that creates a smooth edge. The pattern is both charted and described round by round. I’m putting the finishing touches on it now.

These items are knit using
sock or sport weight yarn
and sock needles.
200 yards for the mitts.
350 yards for the mittens.

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