Mittens aren’t exactly linear.
Unlike socks, where the knitter starts at either the top or bottom and just plows on through, Mittens always need a detour for the thumb. Gusset or set in–I’ve done both–they always mean knitters need to circle back and enclose the thumb.
This only enforces the basic truth of sock, glove, and mitten knitting: reaching an end doesn’t mean you’re done. Either you’ve reached the end of the hand and you’ve got a thumb to go; or worse yet–you’ve finished the left and you’ve still got the right to go.
Which brings me to an embarrassing admission. I’m not sure how it happened, but in following the directions for a left mitten I somehow ended up with a right. I think it had to do with how I handled the fingertip end–I don’t like round-ended mittens so I opted to kitchener stitch it up. I find the kitchner stitch gives the right balance between a pointed/flat mitten tip and the bunchy drawstring approach. I suspect this foible means I need to be extra careful which stitches I kitchener (is that a verb?) next.
The fit–even if it is snug–is very nice. A tailored, close-fitting mitten that doesn’t bunch up or make it impossible to grasp your car keys. Well done!
Two extra bonuses today:
1) “Colin Smith” and “Gina“, according to the trusty random math at Random.org, each of you has won a copy of an Erica O’Rourke novel from our February Authors Who Knit feature–please email me at allie [at] alliepleiter [dot] com with your snail mail address so we can arrange for shipment
2) Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a little non-fiber art: a shot of me at the Chicago Auto Show in a car decorated entirely by Sharpie markers.