Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Mittens

I'm done shopping for Christmas gifts for my nephew. I got him three books (The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Mitten by Jan Brett, and Winter in White by Robert Sabuda), a children's Nativity set, and a T-shirt from Threadless. Of course, I also had to knit him something. I decided that every child needs at least one pair of red mittens.


The pattern is from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. If I haven't mentioned it before, I lurrrrrve this book and think every knitter should own it. It's an invaluable resource. The yarn is Paton's Merino Classic, which is another great resource. It's a lovely, soft, but hard-wearing basic yarn. I use it all kinds of projects. I used size 6 dpns at a guage of 4 stitches per inch; I made the smallest size, so it was only 22 stitches around each mitten. They took no time at all, and I'm very pleased with the results.

In other Christmas knitting, I'll probably do another pair of socks for my sister. My brother and his girlfriend will most likely get scarves, but I haven't decided exactly what to knit yet. I plan to spend the rest of this evening watching DVDs and knitting--a little slice of heaven. Until next time, keep those needles clicking.

4 comments:

Lynette said...

i love the Threadless site. great job on the mitts. i have grand plans to knit items for christmas also (in my head). i'm not sure how well i'll be with executing them.

Urban Domestic Goddess said...

Thanks! Yeah, I'm trying not to get too bogged down with Xmas knitting. And did I mention that Threadless is awesome! I've gotten lots of amazing, too-cute T shirts for the kids of my friends.

Dawn said...

I have bought lots of t-shirts though threadless for my family. Love them! I hadn't heard of that book....it is exactly what I need! I was search for hours this weekend to find just a plan mitten pattern that had lots of different sizes. It is on my wish list now!

Urban Domestic Goddess said...

Dawn, you will love that book! It has basic templates for sweaters, vests, cardigans, socks, hats, gloves, and mittens. You pick your gauge and size and the numbers are all there. It's a great resource.