Good morning and happy Tuesday! I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but if you knit any Christmas gifts, you had to be thinking about Christmas weeks if not months ago. If you are just thinking about it now, well, your options are limited. Mittens and gloves are the perfect down-to-the-wire or even last-minute gifts to knit. They’re small, so they take less time to knit. Being small makes them easily portable too, so you can bring them with you and work on them anywhere. You’d be surprised how quickly a row or two or three here and there throughout the day really adds up. There is plenty of time to make several pairs between now and Christmas.
Don’t let not knowing someone’s specific hand size or measurements deter you. It is certainly helpful information to have if you can get it, but not a complete showstopper if you can’t. In Knit Mitts: Your Hand-Y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves , Kate Atherley provides some expert guidance on using individual measurements to make mittens and gloves that are going to fit like custom made mittens and gloves should. The author also provides sound advice for working without measurements and using the charted ranges of sizes for adults and children.
If you like a healthy dose of math with your knitting, Knit Mitts: Your Hand-Y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves will not disappoint you. Using just the basic mitten pattern and the basic glove pattern that the author provides, you will be able to customize them to fit anyone, and add in your own design elements giving them an extra personal touch. Sizes and measurements and all the relevant numbers are provided in extensive, easy to read charts.
If you have done mittens but have been hesitant to try gloves because the fingers intimidate you, have no fear! They are not as intimidating as they may seem. They are fairly easy compared to the hand and all the shaping required for a proper fit. But please don’t let that deter you either. The basic glove pattern in Knit Mitts: Your Hand-Y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves includes a diagram that makes sense out of the shape of the hand and where to measure.
These basic patterns are also the foundation of the many different and beautiful mittens and gloves also included in the book. Each pattern includes instructions for multiple sizes, and all the pesky math has been done up front. That brings us to the giveaway portion of this post. Have a look though the gallery below of the mittens and gloves featured in this great book and leave a comment below about which is your favorite. A winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator, and that lucky commenter will receive their very own copy of Knit Mitts: Your Hand-Y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves .