In December, I decided to finally tackle a thumb gusset. Or, mittens. I’ve made my share of fingerless gloves but I thought it was time to knit a finger. Thumb gussets didn’t seem too daunting, though knitting actual gloves scared me to death. Too many fingers! And so, baby steps. For a pattern, I turned to the ever-trustworthy Tin Can Knits and their Antler Mittens.
Here’s the story….
This project actually began with the yarn. While in Colorado in October, I visited the LYS in Estes Park, the Stitchin’ Den. There, they had a local yarn from Willow Creek Fiber Mill. I was instantly intrigued by their Everything Yarn base, which uses leftover fibers from the milling process to produce a very unique yarn.
But what to make with such a bulky, uneven yarn?
Thankfully, the lovely knitters at the Stitchin’ Den had a sample of the very yarn I wanted to buy knit into Tin Can Knits’ Antler Mitts. So there was my answer. This pattern would teach me how to knit a finger, a thumb gusset, and test my cable powers.
Pattern: Antler Mittens by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Willow Creek Fiber Mill Everything Yarn
Colorways: 13 (Grey with a hint of lavender)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 2 weeks
This pattern was a lot of fun to knit. I handled the cables well, I thought, even though I usually don’t love cables. I think they work well with this pattern, though!
The thumb gusset was a breeze but the problem I had was closing up the thumb tip. The yarn is so bulky that it made the fingertips a bit too pointy. But that’s the yarn. And speaking of yarn, this Willow Creek yarn is very warm. I wore these mittens several times in January and February and my hands were nice and warm.
This pattern definitely made me believe I can knit mittens – and eventually full gloves….though the thought of all those fingers still scares me! But this is a great beginner mitten-knitter pattern!