My favorite way to knit mittens is to begin with a thumb. I begin at the tip of the thumb and work increases until the thumb fits on my thumb. Then I work straight until the thumb fits my thumb. I put the thumb onto waste yarn and put it to one side. Then I begin at the tip of the mitten and increase until the mitten fits over all my fingers. I knit until the mitten fits to my thumb. I knit the thumb in with a three needle bind off, then I work to the rib and finish the mitten. The thumb looks like an afterthought thumb.
There is a picture of a partially complete mitten at
How fun! And easy! This would be great for making mittens for my kids. No swatching involved. Just pick up and start. It's like a toe-up sock. Knit to fit! Wonderful and thanks for sharing!
Are there any instructions???
I too would like some instructions. This sounds interesting but I need a guide or at least I think I do:-)
I have some basic instructions on my blog. You can find it at http://juliesyarnshoppe.weebly.com/knitting.html
The link didn't work for me.
Sorry about that. Try the link in my first post (at the top) - it does work.
Julie, the link in the post here didn't work for me, either, but I used the one at the top of the page.
I really am intrigued by your cast-on method. I'll have to try that next time.
And what a wonderful template!! To plug your own colorwork scheme in!! That is so well done and very generous. I love it! Thank you so much!
edited to add: Julie, I had read your post here, went to your blog and read some more, then later that day someone asked me about kool-aid dyeing on Ravelry so I linked her to your instructions... then a couple days later we go into kool-aid dyeing conversation here in the Dye-a-Long and linked to your website, but had already forgotten how I'd found you in the first place! Lol. I just realized it right now. :) So, anyway, if you're interested, the Dye-a-Long conversation here on KP is HERE. You may have some words of wisdom you want to add. :)
I've never seen a mitten done this way. Very interesting!
Same here - very interesting indeed! Will give it a try sometime soon. :)