Holiday knitting: Steampunk mittens

Hello!  I hope this post finds you relaxed and happy after a few quality days with friends and family.  I was really happy that we could enjoy Christmas dinner with my brother and his family.  It’s nice to share this time with loved ones.

Today, I release a quick project for your holiday knitting pleasure:  Steampunk Mittens.

You may notice this is a refinement of an earlier mitten design, still based around the decorative cuff.  The delicate picot cuffs and dark yarn of this design gave me a strong impression of  Steampunk dress.  I decided to give them that name.

These are knitted in Zealana Heron, a worsted-weight (10 ply) yarn which includes some of the warmest fibre known to man – possum.  It is knitted on smaller needles than usual for gauge to create a thick, insulated mitten.  The possum fibre in the yarn blooms when you wash it, which contributes significantly to the insulation factor.

The mittens are knitted in the round, and grafted together at the top of the hand.  The thumb is picked up after and knitted on to the body of the glove.  You can also crochet the picot cuff edging and skip this step in the knitting.

This pattern utilises a provisional crochet cast-on, backwards loop cast-on and Kitchener stitch.  I’m sure that many of you will already be familiar with these techniques, but if you’d like a tutorial, I recommend these YouTube videos for provisional cast-on, backwards loop cast-on and Kitchener Stitch (thanks Jenni for pointing this one out).  There’s another clever way to provisionally cast-on straight on to your working needle – have a look at this link.  I think I’ll be trying that next!

The link to my pattern page is here, or you can buy it here for NZ$3.

Materials needed:

Yarn:  2 x 50g balls Zealana Heron
Needles:  4mm DPNs
Size E (3.5mm/size 9) crochet hook for provisional cast-on

I hope you enjoy knitting them!

9 thoughts on “Holiday knitting: Steampunk mittens

  1. What pretty little mitts! Some day I’ll figure out what possum yarn is like. My North American possum and your New Zealand possum are VERY different animals so the thought of possum yarn intrigues me. Thanks for the video links! And Roly (spelling?) looks cute as ever in his tree 😉

  2. Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Thank you for the lovely pattern for the mitts. Think I will start my next years Christmas list already!!

    Guess who might have a job a day a week in the new wool shop???????

    Happy 2012 xx

    1. Thanks so much for your support. 🙂 I think you’re right – it’s never too early to start knitting gifts. Oh!!! A yarn store job!? Go you!

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