I knit up these mittens quickly during the last days of July. The pattern, a tried and true Elizabeth Zimmerman from The Knitters Almanac, suggests knitting them in May, when the winter is a fading memory and it's getting too warm to have piles of wool on your lap. It's good advice. Before you realize it you have something special to tuck away for when the cold winds blow again.
The pattern itself is simply a paragraph, describing the basics (number of sts. to cast on, approx. length to top of mittens, etc.). No frills, no row-by-row instructions; your only guide being a leap faith that if you just follow her advice the mittens will turn out well.
I modified the thumb gussets using Kathryn Ivy's instructions and love the way they turned out.
The wool for these mittens is one of the skeins I hand painted in late June. I am pretty excited to see the skein knit up, and even more excited that there wasn't any weird pooling! I also think these would be great looking in a yarn with really long color repeats.
The mittens fit well, snug with enough give to be comfortable. I think I could even squeeze in an upcycled cashmere sweater lining. Sounds divine, no?