The cuff I showed you in the last post is, as you no doubt figured out, a mitten cuff. The mitten is being knit from Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the “Tart” and “Composition Book Grey” colorways on a U.S. size 2 (2.75mm) needle.
Here’s the first mitten, completed:
As you can see (if you click on the photo to enlarge it), I am knitting a quotation from an Emily Dickinson poem into the mittens. The other mitten will have the rest of the line.
While I realize that this quote is a bit morbid, I have always loved the poem. I charted these mittens out quite a while ago and never got around to knitting them.
I am, of course, calling the design “Morbid Mittens.” They will certainly not appeal to everyone, but I’m not knitting them for mass appeal. Still, I will write up the pattern and make it available once I’ve completed them.
I spent a long time picking out the colors. I knew I wanted red for the lettering, and the Tart colorway (a red that has some black in it) is perfect — exactly what I envisioned. The background color was a tougher choice. I didn’t want black — too dark. But I wanted something gloomy. I was a little concerned that Composition Book Grey would be too dark for a good contrast with the red, but I am very pleased with how it looks now that I’ve got one mitten done. I think the color combo is nicely gloomy, but still has enough contrast so that the words are legible to anyone who looks closely enough.
Also, I love the way these two colors look together on the palm!
Speaking of Mittens
Thanks for all your nice comments on my Camp Loopy mittens! A pattern is forthcoming.
Because knitting 2-color mittens is a bit of a pain on the commute, I started another project, this one with a tubular cast-on:
“It’s tubular, dude.”