Of course, I immediately wrote up the pattern, then turned to my library/yarn room for some suitable ingredients. I wanted to make the first set for my friend Michael, and I know that his winter coats are all in dull earth tones. Ha! There is a single ball of dark grey worsted-weight wool, and two possible contrast yarns in dark red, and dark bright red in a similar weight. If I were efficient, I’d have taken pictures of each stage, but there you go…
There are three things that make these mittens different than the usual:
They are in garter stitch (i.e., all knit stitches, back and forth in rows) rather than stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row).
They are knitted vertically (wrist to fingertips) rather than round the wrist and hand using double-pointed needles or magic loop (circular needles).
They are knit flat, then assembled afterwards in mirror image. Here’s the flat pattern:
It took me about two days to knit both mittens, including a tension swatch to make sure I was using the correct weight yarn and the right needles. Also, I printed out the pattern, and marked it off row by row, as otherwise it’s easy to get confused (because this is such a different shape than I usually knit). The men’s size worked well for Michael who has average sized hands, and now I’m working on a pair in the women’s size for myself… in my favorite teal, of course. My next pair will be in cotton, so I can see how they work out for oven gloves.