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DebbiOH
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
525 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2008 :  04:06:13 AM  Show Profile Send DebbiOH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just like most everyone here I have single balls of yarn as leftovers from projects completed (or not!) So now I'm on a "mitten mission"
I have a pattern that I've used over and over in the past but wondered if there were other patterns that some of you thought were fun to make up.

I love to make small items, socks and mittens, etc in summer.

~Debbi~NW Ohio

lella
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  08:52:30 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, Debbi. There are some small patterns in a book called (I believe) Not Just Socks, and the author recently published another book along the same lines. The patterns are all for sock yarns; though admittedly not odd balls they would work for them and be cute. I have the first book and want to buy the second soon.

Zippiknits
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Clara
queen bee

USA
4403 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2008 :  1:00:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh yes, Sandi Rosner wrote those books - they're excellent! Also, in terms of having a one-book-does-it-all foundation of basic mitten patterns, I'd go for Robin Hansen's book Favorite Mittens.

Clara
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Suzanne C.
New Pal

17 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2008 :  04:59:08 AM  Show Profile Send Suzanne C. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A second vote here for the Robin Hansen book(s). Actually the best of all worlds would be to get your hands on her original two books- Flying Geese and Partridge Feet and Fox and Geese and Fences. They have been condensed into the Favorite Mittens book. I cannot count how many pairs of mittens I've made from these books over the past 20 years, but it is a lot!
Another good source of mitten patterns are vintage booklets from the 50's and 60's. They are easily and inexpensively found on ebay or from Vintage Knits-

http://vintageknits.com/osc/index.php?cPath=21_35

If you feel really daring, there is always Selbuvotter!
Suzanne


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purlthis
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USA
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Posted - 08/21/2008 :  07:28:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a super old mitten pattern booklet from at least the 50's, if not older. It's in the public domain if you'd like a few, I can dig them up.

Rachel
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kcknitnut
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USA
32 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2008 :  07:32:47 AM  Show Profile Send kcknitnut a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love the sock idea. I have another project for LOTS of leftovers that was picked out by my DGD. It was in the Vogue Knitting Mag several yrs ago. 48 squares are made from point to point,enlarging from 2 sts to 30sts and decreased back to 2 sts. It is suggested that yarn change be made at the 30 sts,so you can use LOTS of different yarns. All done in garter st. The best part is that you can take it anywhere,just like socks for past-time knitting.
Happy Knitting.........KC
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scraffan
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Posted - 08/21/2008 :  08:40:43 AM  Show Profile Send scraffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
favorite mitten pattern = the sideways mittens. I can whip up a pair in a weekend.
favorite glove pattern - sideways gloves.
I have pictures of the gloves in my flickr account
www.wildyarns123.com/
Karen
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queenmaxine
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USA
472 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2008 :  10:54:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit queenmaxine's Homepage Send queenmaxine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My current mitten obsession is Terri Shea's Selbuvotter book and I intend to use it as a stash busting exercise. Other than that, there is a pettern in One Skein Wonders (the first one, I think) That is felted with a non felted cuff that I have used. I have made Malabrigo sets with this mitten pattern and the My So Called Scarf because I know I can get a set from 2 skeins.

My blog is not strictly knitting, but there are occasional WIP updates and frustration or bragging rants as I am a new knitter.

www.nolanoni.blogspot.com
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fibreon
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USA
11 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2008 :  10:46:27 AM  Show Profile  Send fibreon a Yahoo! Message Send fibreon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My very favorite book is Magnificent Mittens by Anna Zilborg (sp?). It is out of print and sells on ebay and amazon for prices over $100. They are beautiful mittens with lots of color and embellishment. I wish Knitter's magazine would consider republishing this book.

Kay Wagner
Danbury CT
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queen of the east
Seriously Hooked

Canada
877 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2008 :  2:52:00 PM  Show Profile Send queen of the east a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most of my favorite basic type mitten patterns are from 1940's era pattern books I inherited from my Mum. The patterns are written for a plain mitten but there are pages of little charts for different patterns to knit into the mitts, deer, bunnies, squirrels, all kinds of motifs.
I love two books in particular, Knitting Fair Isle Mittens& Gloves by Carol Rasmussen Noble and Handplagg Til Bunader og Folkedrakter by Heidi Fossnes. Handplagg has a pattern for some felted gaunlet style mitts covered with stunning traditional Norwegian embroidery.
My absolute favorite pair of mittens are the Poetry Mittens from the Jan/Feb 08' issue of PieceWork magazine. I loved wearing them last winter, in fact I am looking forward to having them on my hands again soon.

Ann in Montreal
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hillstreetmama
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USA
3448 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2008 :  3:16:25 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I reworked a pattern from the 70's - it was knitted flat, and I use DPN's. I also changed it so it fits MY hand. I add in cables, or whatever stitch tickles my fancy at the moment. It was trial and error as to where to put it so that it looks centerd on the back of my hand, but I think I've got that down pat now. I also have the Favorite Mittens book, and love to read it for ideas.

Jan
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KathyR
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New Zealand
2969 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2008 :  3:46:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I prefer knitting fingerless mitts. There are heaps of free patterns for these on the net.

KathyR

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
My Blog
http://www.flickr.com/groups/kr_members/ (Roselea Fibres)
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shirlucky
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10 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2008 :  03:12:38 AM  Show Profile Send shirlucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For using scraps I like Newfoundland Mittens. They are pretty and interesting to
make. One pattern is at

http://creativewhimsy.wordpress.com/patterns/newfoundland-mitts/
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jtamsn
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USA
1684 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2008 :  1:09:55 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I make lots of mittens for charity and relatives. My current favorite mitten pattern is from a "Cottage Creations" leaflet called Projects for Community Knitting by Carol A. Anderson. Got it in one of my LYS. I like it so much because you dont increase for the thumb gusset, instead you continue the "gusset" stitches in rib, place on waste yarn, continue to knit the mitten. When the mitten is done you take the stitches from waste yarn and knit the thumb in rib to the decrease. With the thumb in ribbing it seems thicker and thus warmer.
judy
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orangeknits
Warming Up

USA
64 Posts

Posted - 08/25/2008 :  6:15:53 PM  Show Profile Send orangeknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone for all the info..... I've been wanting to knit some mittens myself. Thanks again
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DebbiOH
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
525 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2008 :  08:46:38 AM  Show Profile Send DebbiOH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey,
My husband is at home today and said a box came for me. I told him to open it and it contained a book for making mittens. Which one of you saintly people sent me a book? I'll find out more about it when I get home and will keep you updated. I'm so excited.

~Debbi~NW Ohio
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linda knits
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22 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2008 :  11:39:52 AM  Show Profile Send linda knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like this post. I have been making mittens to go with a bunch of hats I made. My favorite ones are basic mittens by Ann Norling.
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ElraTyln
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USA
14 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2008 :  11:34:57 AM  Show Profile Send ElraTyln a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like the Fetching gloves from Knitty. They are my first fingerless gloves or any gloves at all and they are turning out really nice :)

Ravelry: ElraTyln
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busygirl
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New Zealand
1673 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2008 :  1:02:10 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KathyR

I prefer knitting fingerless mitts. There are heaps of free patterns for these on the net.



KathyR

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
My Blog
http://www.flickr.com/groups/kr_members/ (Roselea Fibres)



Kathy,

I have printed out a few patterns for fingerless mitts from Ravelry, and plan to knit some during the summer when the weather is to warm for working on large projects.

Leslie

My Blog
http://au.360.yahoo.com/abreyleslie
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/busygirl/
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KathyR
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New Zealand
2969 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2008 :  3:47:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
I have printed out a few patterns for fingerless mitts from Ravelry, and plan to knit some during the summer when the weather is to warm for working on large projects.


You'll be all set for when the cooler weather comes, Leslie!

KathyR

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
My Blog
http://www.flickr.com/groups/kr_members/ (Roselea Fibres)
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DebbiOH
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
525 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2008 :  06:53:14 AM  Show Profile Send DebbiOH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I posted that my husband said I had a package with a knitting book and then I never posted what the book was. Someone, probably on this list, sent me Charlene Schurch's Mostly Mittens?. I hadn't seen this book before, and the thumb construction is new to me. Many of the techniques are new to me. So let me say a blind thank you to whoever was thoughtful to send the book. I apologize for not writing sooner, but I have a summer cold that will not let go of me. It's taking forever to get back to my old self. Ok, done whining,,,,,couldn't help myself. Actually the cold has given me permission to sit in the evenings cuddled in my favorite chair and knit and watch old movies. I'm in the middle of that Andrew Hardy series. Good old fashioned stories.

~Debbi~NW Ohio
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