Sunday, March 23, 2008

FO: Wallpaper Mittens

Can we talk? Seriously, why aren't you knitting these mittens? According to Ravelry, you're not, and I don't understand!


I love these mittens. They're simple and graphic, they look sharp (but imagine them in pink and brown! swoon...), the knitting is straightforward -- and pssst, you know what? The pattern includes a blank mitten template so you can design your own. I know there are an awful lot of tempting mitten patterns circulating these days, and maybe where you live you don't need mittens anymore; I'm still working on Vinterblomster, but I think these Wallpapers are going to be my go-to mittens this spring.


I used the recommended Reynolds Soft Sea Wool and 3.25mm needles, but I could have gone down a needle size. If you're looking for ways to conserve yarn (I always am), you should know that you can probably get away with just one skein of the main colour, especially if you're willing to knit the thumbs in one of the contrasting colours. And of course you could use sport-weight leftovers you already have for the contrasting cuff lining, since it takes a very small amount. OK, my new mittens are ready for their close-up:


I get my comps questions on Tuesday morning, so I'm hoping to also finish my Gilmore Vest before then -- just five more rows of neck ribbing and then a tubular bind off. Then, while I'm writing my comps, there will be less knitting and just one project: Ene's Scarf. I've wanted to knit this shawl since I first saw it in Scarf Style. Those of you who have already knit one will know what this picture is about:


(That's the number of stitches you cast on -- with yarn held double, no less.) I'm using thrift-shop sock yarn for this shawl. I'm not 100% sure I'll have enough, but I think I will: two 50g balls, plus two partial balls (45g and 20g), and according to my calculations, this is just under 700m.


I'm pretty happy that I found a very sweet little melamine kitchen scale on my last thrift, just a week ago. Melamine is my new obsession, but that's another topic for another day. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Oh, I almost forgot: how do you pronounce "Ene" (as in Ene's Scarf)? Ennay? Eenah?

27 comments:

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Love the foam numbers! LOL... Sean only have foam alphabet - where are the number from??

I love your Wallpaper Mittens, gotta make me some (in queue!) LOL.

I forgot to drop off your magazine the other day (wednesday) due to the rain :( I will get it back to you tomorrow, I'm heading into the city for my OB apt, and will either ring the bell if you're home or drop it thru the mail slot? Thanks again for loaning it to me!

whistlepeaknits said...

The mittens are awesome! I was in love with them when Veronik started posting about them but I already have two pairs of mittens and a pair of gloves and I rarely wear any of them (strange wool rubbing phobia) so I couldn't justify another pair.

Maybe someday though.

Octopus Knits said...

Great mittens! That scale is so cute (and perfect for weighing yarn). Have fun with Ene's Scarf (I have no idea how you're supposed to say it, but in my head I pronounce it "en-nay").

Maggie said...

I say "een." Not elegant, but then neither am I! :)

Love the mittens! I'd be knitting them if I didn't have other 2 pairs already in my queue (not Ravelry queue, but my mental queue!)

purlparables said...

I say "een" too. I have lots of mitten patterns I want to make, but it's just not cold enough here in Virginia... I keep trying to convince the future Mr. Knitter that Boston would be a good place to live.

melissa said...

love those mittens!

Steph said...

I have the yarn and the needles for Ene (which I think should be pronounced "Thibodeau" - Radio Free Vestibule anyone?) - but I do not yet have the gumption to cast on 375 stitches.

Love the mitts - heading to the pattern in 3, 2, 1...

Anonymous said...

Those are pretty mittens...
In my head I've always said "eenee" as in "eeny-meeny-miny-moe" but that's just my guess, I really have no idea.

Jessica said...

I asked Nancy when I took a class from her a few years ago. It's En-eh. It's a great project. I loved knitting and wearing mine. Now, sadly, it has a gaping hole in it. :( It may be beyond my skill to repair.

melissa said...

i always thought it was "een."

cute mittens! just what i need, another cute mitten pattern to tempt me.

Katie M. said...

Great mittens! I wish I had more time to knit ... or could bud little knitting clones or something. Perhaps dissertation clones would be better? Good luck on the comps!

Michelle said...

I am sure the Wallpaper Mittens will be in everyone's queue now! I started mine, but haven't gotten past the cuffs. I think I need a different needle size...

Good luck on the comps! How exciting! You will rock them.

regina said...

I LOVE those mittens! Good luck with the comps.

gleek said...

very cool mittens! if i were into colorwork i would totally be knitting them :)

yaiAnn said...

Pink and brown.. now you're talking!

Anonymous said...

The mittens are GREAT! They remind me of a combination of the Herringbone mittens and the Matrix mittens.

Good luck with Ene! That is a lot of stitches, but at least you decrease as you go.

Beth (big geek)

Anonymous said...

I love those mittens. I would make them for myself but: A) I am a selfish knitter and 95% of the stuff I make is for me and B) it was 80 degrees here yesterday. What does that tell you? Ha ha. I'll never wear them. Except if I visit someone in colder climates.

Stacey at toomanyscarves

Nadia said...

Very nice!

Elizabeth said...

I love your new mittens - so pretty, and great colors. I wish I needed mittens down here in TX!

Allison said...

The mittens are beautiful! The color combo is perfect :)

Kwana said...

The mittens are awesone! I have to get up the nerve to try.

ingrid said...

Hmmmmm. You've got me dreaming about pink and brown wallpaper mitts now.

Katie said...

Yay, Josh Ritter T-shirt! And nice mittens. :-)

17th stitch said...

Honestly, I love the main part of those mittens (and great color choice, BTW! makes the pattern really snap) but the lack of detailing on the thumb and wrist just don't make the sale for me. When I had to pick a mitten pattern, I ended up with Bird-in-Hand instead (way cool thumb, and those braids and vines on the wrist cuff? Awesome!)

Dr. Steph said...

OMG, why? Why! Why am I not knitting those mittens? Off to queue in ravelry. They're so pretty.

Meem said...

Those mittens are FIERCE! I finished one Anemoi mitt and am dragging my needles to start the second. I'm very impressed with all of your recent finished objects!!

molly said...

Love those mittens and I am very impressed with your FO lineup!!