Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beginner Easy Cable Mittens

Pattern: My Own - Still Designing
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes - Blush
Needles: Size 5 dp's

I'm scheduled to start teaching a mitten class next week at my local recreational department. I need one more person to sign up to make it happen!

As a very young girl of 13, I knitted my first cable mitten (with a different style thumb). It was a bright orange and was to be worn to my local high school's football games. We were proud "Tigers" and always wore black and orange.

I couldn't find a mitten pattern with all the features that I wanted so I am writing my own. It really is not rocket science. I do want to present to my students a nice booklet with a glossy 4x6 picture of the mitten on the cover.

Most mittens using worsted weight yarn are on size 6 needles. I'm using size 5 as I wanted a tigher knit providing additional warmth.

The students at my mitten class will be learning how to cast on properly, measure for a comfortable finished mitten, an afterthought thumb and have a choice of two mitten tips. One is the classic "rooftop" requiring a kitchener finish and the other a more rounded top.

I also experimented with the mitten below which has a cable cuff with a picot crocheted edge. I decided to go with the pink mitten as this one, the cables will be somewhat hidden by a coat sleeve.
I always enjoy teaching knitting and don't consider it a job till it's time for the paycheck to come in.

I'm already thinking about my next class for next fall. That one will either be Magic Loop socks or a moebius scarf. I'd also like to have a Christmas stocking class, stranded knitting, etc., etc., etc. Can you see why I have so many things on my needles? I just love it all.

I can actually go to bed at a decent hour tonight. The inauguration is over, the balls are over but I don't have an excuse to just sit there and knit.

I think I've been using my camera as a "one size fits all". I better check my settings as the pictures are not as clear as I would like them to be.

Happy Knitting!


  1. These mittens are so nice! I enjoy knitting cables. What a nice pattern you're creating, & so creative of you to want to design a booklet for your student. I can't wait to hear more!

  2. Your mittens are lovely, Joansie. My knitting skills are still rather limited. I'd love an opportunity to be able to take lessons from someone like you. How fortunate for those in your area. I hope you get a full class!

  3. I'd like to try your beginner mitten. That's something I haven't knit yet and yours is the prettiest pattern I've seen. Have fun in you class, your students will love this!

  4. I'd like to try you mitten. That's something I haven't knit yet and your is the prettiest pattern I've seen. Have fun in your class, your students will love this!

  5. I love both of the mittens. I hope the class fills up.

  6. Those are working up very nicely! You will share the pattern, right? ;)

  7. Both mittens are lovely! But I think you're right, the pink one will show to better advantage. Good luck getting that last student (or maybe even more!) signed up.

  8. The mittens are great! Hopeyou get lots of students and have a lot of fun!

  9. I hope you were able to get the last person needed. If I lived out that way, I would sign up for sure. :)