Saturday, December 19, 2009
With a few days left before Christmas, I decided to knit one more pair of mitts to accompany an already completed hat. After all, I have lots of wool left over, and with a bulky yarn, mittens should only take a few days. I decided on Phenomenon - modeled after mitts that Bella wears in the car accident scene of the Twilight movie. And from what I can see in this YouTube clip, they're a good facsimile.
The mitts are very long, almost up to the elbow, and the pattern features an interesting texture of crossed stitches on the inside of the hand. Initially I wasn't sure I'd like the finished mitts, but now I'm loving them. They're very comfortable and fit beautifully. The cable pattern is a very attractive detail. And the textured palm adds warmth and padding. These might be the perfect mitts for a snowball fight, and would also be good with a sweater and a down-filled vest.
The pattern instructions are very detailed and thorough - including line by line instructions as well as charts. It's definitely not mindless knitting; there's lots happening in every round and the crossed stitches can really slow you down. But if you've got the time, these mitts are worth the effort.