Mittens in the Round

Hello all. I am getting the hang of knitting in the round. I just completed the first of a pair of mittens done on double pointed needles. At first, things felt very clumsy and awkward. But I got better and more confident as I went along. The top of the hand where the decreasing began went extremely slowly and I had to rip back several times and start again. Very frustrating to say the least. The other problem I had was a big hole where the thumb and the hand join. The helpful women at the yarn store showed me a few tips on minimizing this hole. Anyway, the nice thing about the mitten was there was not a seam to worry about when I was finished. Yahoo! I keep on learning with each project. I think the next mitten will be easier. Happy knitting to all of you. Onward to spring and warm weather....Cullen

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ronhuber's picture

Congratulations, Cullen. I am sure you will never be sorry you learned to knit with dpn"s. The mitten is beautiful and isn't it wonderful to knit something so practical. My hint for avoiding the holes is pick up more stitches that asked for and decrease in the first round. I am sure there are many more ways of doing it. Great knitting.

Really like the color and great job!!!

Mnjack's picture

Nice job. You will like knitting in the round more & more, especially since you never have seams. Keep up the good work.

davidUK's picture

You could try Elizabeth Zimmerman's Thumb Trick. You knit to where you want the base of thumb to start proper. Then take a different colour of wool and knit 3 or 4 stitches depending on your gauge. Then, put the different coloured stitchesback onto the left needle and knit with the proper wool as if nothing had happened.

Then when you've finished the mitten, pull out the stradn of other-coloured wool and 6 or 8 stitches will appear at the top and bottom of the thumb. Put these on some double pointed needles and pick up a stitches at each end and knit into the back of them. You'll have 8 or 10 stitches to knoit a thumb.

There are details in the Knitter's Almanac and knitting without tears

All the best


AKQGuy's picture

I agree with Ron. Atleast that is how I correct for that problem in both mitten gussetts and sock heel gussetts. In fact, don't consider them extra. Write your own pattern and consider it just your way...

WillyG's picture

Hooray!! Congrats! I love the color you chose, and your knitting looks lovely.

I'm knitting mittens as I read this...they've become a favorite project of mine, as they are very quick, very practical, and open to a ton of color and style possibilities. They can be complex or simple, and they only use a small amount of yarn. On top of that, I think there's something about mittens that tend to be a bit... dare I say...endearing. Of course, that makes them a great gift option.

Kerry's picture

Well done. Now you'll be ready for socks.

Yes...very well done! I also have the issue of the hole by the thumb so I need to pull out the EZ books and look up what DavidUK was referring to. I just finished a set of Twined Knitted mittens and it was tough going getting that hole closed!

And as Kerry said...socks should be in your future too!

Craig's picture

I use to love knitting with DPS until I learnt the Magic Loop Method, so much easier and quicker.
Great job on the mitten, make sure you have enough yarn for a third mitten, one always seems to go missing.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

For mittens, I often cast in 4 or 5 stitches extra and decrease them down to make a gusset over the web at the thumb. I then do the same when working the thumb itself. [Similar to the underarm gusset on a sweater.] It gives the mitten some ease and helps eliminate the "hole" problem. I thought I unvented it but later found it in a German publication from the 1930's. Nice looking mitten. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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mr.cullen's picture

Thanks to all of you for your support and technical tips on closing the gap between the thumb and hand. I will take a look at Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Knitter's Almanac" and learn how she tackles this problem. Happy knitting....Cullen