Striped Mitts

The other day we talked about sewing stripes – how about knitted stripes? These striped mitts are a pair, but they’re not exactly the same. Does that bother you? Normally, I like my pairs to match. I don’t usually choose asymmetric designs, I like balance and order.

However, these mitts were just too cute!

And warm. Normally, I wear leather gloves when I bike to work. I wore these the day I finished them and wow are they ever warm! It was snowing the first day I wore them and even with the little flip-top hole, my hands were toasty.

I love the high-contrast turquoise and grey. The turquoise was left over from My First Sweater and the grey was left over from Mr Sewaholic’s birthday hat. So they were basically free mittens! (Plus a couple of weeks’ work.)

Pattern is Shipyard Mittens. Easy to follow, quick to make. I like knitting stripes, there’s something about reaching tiny goals over and over again, like changing to the other colour of yarn.

While I love the fun colours, I do admit they’d be a lot more versatile in neutral colours. I have to think before pulling them on and decide if blue stripes work with each coat or outfit. My daily gloves are brown, and go with everything. I’m thinking of tan and white for a second pair – something a little more basic.

The one thing I wasn’t sure on was whether to use yarn or thread to sew on the button. It didn’t specify in the pattern, and I figured that knitters always have yarn on hand, but might not have thread. So I went with yarn. (Which is correct? Or are both acceptable?)

Cute, right? Last year I wore gloves on my bike until June, so even though summer’s coming, these will still get a lot of use! (As long as I choose jackets and outfits that work with bright blue stripes.)

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39 Responses to Striped Mitts

  1. Camille April 6, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    I love non-matching stripe patterns! Great for socks too. Blue stripes match everything. :)

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Thank you! :) Blue stripes match a lot more things that I originally thought – grey, black, denim, tan, brown – red even!

      • Lorraine March 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

        I love stripes too. However, I’m knitting stripped mitts on four needles and the stripes don’t line up. What am I doing wrong

        • Tasia March 11, 2014 at 9:07 am #

          Hi Lorraine! I don’t know, do you mean when you change the colours there is a jog? That’s normal, there is a method to avoid it which I haven’t tried myself. Here’s a link and that blog has a ton of really useful knitting tips. Hope this gets you pointed in the right direction!

  2. Steph A April 6, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    They are so cute!!! It’s really more fun to see mits that don’t match exactly, but you know they belong together. My Oma made us dozens of house socks (short, just above the ankle) instead of slippers, using up her yarn remnants. They were terrific, nothing was a mirror match, but by using the same colours and similar embroidery patterns, they looked right together. I feel it’s more creative this way.

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      Thanks! Sounds like you had a lovely collection of handmade house socks, what lovely gifts! I like the idea of similar patterns as a pair too, as well as stripes. It’s more creative and the best part – you don’t have to choose which colour is the dominant one, each colour gets to be the main colour on one side!

  3. Claudia Altamirano April 6, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Hi Tasia!, I Love your mitts!,Thank you for posting :)

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      Thank you!

  4. Lauren April 6, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    You can do either. I usually find yarn so bulky that I use thread, but you can also take a strand of yarn apart and just use one ply or however many plied are appropriate to the button holes.

    These are super cute, and I love the colors!

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Thank you! Good to know I can do either, yarn or thread.

  5. Ashley April 6, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Tasia- these gloves are just perfect! Although I was mostly THRILLED about the unnaturally warm winter we had here in Atlanta this year, it didn’t inspire much time creating cozy knits, and I am disappointed that the items I DID create were seldom worn! I’m sure your mitts will get MUCH more use up there! And I think the mis-match is adorable- creates some visual intrigue!

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Ha, yeah, that’s one good thing about living here. We get to wear wool and cosy accessories! Everything I’ve made has been well worn already.

  6. Lauren April 6, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Cute! I love those kinds of mittens – the flip-tops are so handy. I used to wear them a lot when I was a smoker haha but I still love them as a non-smoker – love the little breeze you can get hehe

    When I sew stuff on my knitting, I use thread. I think it’s a little sturdier. But the yarn certainly looks better.

    Also, I don’t think you should worry about matching your outfits to gloves – with pretty stripey gloves like that, they should stand out! But I say this as the person whose cycling gloves are black with skeleton hands printed on the top… sooo yeah, those don’t match anything :) lol

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      They’re handy, for sure! I actually wish there was a way to close that palm-opening when it’s cold out, it feels weird getting a breeze down the inside of your hand.

      Thanks for the tip on sewing with thread on knitting! I wondered but wasn’t sure where to find the answer. And wanted to get my mitts finished, too and thread was all I had..

      Black with skeleton hands, I know what you mean – where it looks like bones! If those go with everything, then so do blue stripes! :)

  7. Christine April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    So cute! I love how they match without actually matching. Makes me want to dust off my knitting needles.

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks! :)

  8. Stacy April 6, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Tasia – these are lovely. I’m so jealous that you knit so beautifully. It’s on my list of things to learn. These really are beautiful. Nice work.

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’ve only been knitting for a year (almost exactly a year now!) so it’s totally possible to learn quickly. So many great tutorials and videos online!

  9. Jane April 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Very cute! Makes me want to get knitting for our upcoming winter. Better pull out the yarn :)

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Thank you! They’re relatively easy, too!

  10. Ginger April 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    These mitts are so cute! There’s something so rustic about hand-knitted items that it doesn’t really bother me if things aren’t perfectly symmetrical (although my striped items looked much neater when I learned how to do jogless stripes). Slight “imperfections” are part of their charm!

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      I need to figure out jogless stripes! This one has the stripe jog in the middle of the forearm, so you’d see it when the hands are palm-side up. I agree, I like the non-matching pair, it has charm!

  11. Jo April 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    So cute, yay! I love gloves :)
    I am learning to knit currently! Actually we’re doing a co-hosted cardigan sewalong on my blog and if anyone wants to try knitting their first cardigan, come and visit! It’s all very exciting you know. Ooh Tasia you should join us, lol :) (Bet you’re too busy!)

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Oh fun! Knitting is great, the perfect complement to sewing. I would love to join a knit-a-long if I had more time! But thanks for the invite! That cardigan is really cute and works perfectly with summer sundresses, I’ve thought of making it myself one day!

  12. petitejosette April 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    these are really cute! I love that they don’t match, it makes them more special! THanks for pointing out the pattern I’ll keep it in mind!
    I’m also working on stripes currently – a spring nautical scarf based on this pattern

    did you cut the yarn for each color or just carried the yarn over ? I guess the second option would make sence since it would be on the inside and wouldn’t show. I will have to weave in all the loose ends when I’m done with mine !!

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      I just carried the yarn over – it doesn’t show and there’s only a little bit of distance between each colour change, so it works well. I didn’t even think of cutting the yarn each time, that would be no fun working all the ends in.

      Cute pattern! Are you doing the tassels? They’re great! The stitch pattern is neat too.

  13. Alice April 7, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Love these! I like “fraternal” pairs of things, especially with socks, mostly because it’s a way to get around “second sock syndrome”. :D

    As for sewing with yarn or thread, I always use yarn. If it’s too thick I do what another commenter said above, I untwist it and use only one or two plies. A benefit of using yarn over thread is that with time the wool will felt into your fabric and make it less likely to come unsewn.

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Good idea about untwisting the yarn if it’s too thick. It was a bit thick going through the needle and button’s holes!
      Fraternal twins, cute! That explains it well :)

  14. Meredith April 7, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Those are so cute! I love mitts that have the option of being gloves. I’ll have to make some for myself!

    I usually use thread to sew buttons on my knitting, too. I think it’s stronger, and it’s definitely less bulky.

    Thanks for sharing such a great project!

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      That’s what I thought – thread might be stronger! Thanks for the feedback!

  15. Alessa April 8, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Lovely mittens! I really like the irregular stripes and the complementary placement! How did you manage the colour changes? I’m a bit weary of knitting stripes if I have to weave in lots of ends…

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      I just brought the yarn upwards to the next row, you know? Because the stripes are narrow, the yarn only floats across a few rows and then it’s getting used again.

      I hope that makes sense – there is no way I would want to work all those ends in either! I feel like that would be way messier than the thread-loop in between the rows..

  16. Chloe April 9, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Totally love the gray and turquoise color way. I would almost change my wardrobe for it. What concerns me is whether knitted fabrics are not more slippery on the handlebars than leather? Maybe it depends on the handlebars.

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      It depends – my handlebars are black plastic, not super grippy but not too slippery either. I like my leather ones for grip too, but like the warmth of wool. It’s a trade-off! They’re not so slippery that i would be worried, but it all depends on your bike I’d guess..

  17. Becky April 9, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Those look great! I’m a northern bike commuter too, and far and away better than anything I’ve tried from a fancy bike shop is my pair of hand knit, 100% wool, flip-top mittens. I have foam grip tape on my bike, so the wool is not at all slippery. To attach buttons I use thread because I feel like I can knot that up sturdier, though if you slightly felted the yarn that should be durable too – it certainly is cuter on the buttons you used!

    Speaking of buttons does anyone have experience making buttons out of clay? I’m having a hard time finding a large number of affordable buttons in the styles and colors I want for two projects (curtains and a knitted jacket) so thought I would make some. FIMO? Sculpey? Will they be strong enough? Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      I’ve never made buttons before – I have seen clay handmade buttons at my favourite button store so they must be all right? I’d be more worried about breaking them, and possibly the weight of them on a garment. Good luck!

      Good tip about slightly felting the yarn. I feel like they’re not under a lot of strain so they should be ok!

  18. Ash April 10, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    These are so cute! I completely agree with you about knitting stripes and have been knitting striped baby hats for friends lately like they’re going out of style; changing colors every two rounds is just enough variation to keep my attention! When I sew buttons or snaps onto my knitting, I usually split the yarn down to one or two plys, AND toss in a strand of like-colored thread for stabliity. That way, it looks complimentary because it’s in the same yarn color as the project, but it’s got a little extra somethin’ somethin’ securing it :)

    • Tasia April 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Oh, what a good idea! Thread plus yarn. Thanks for the idea!

  19. barny April 11, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    wow! Im in love with them! I laughed because they are sort of toned down colours, but it depends who your talking to I guess! :)

    Is the thumb hard to do? i’ve never done fingers on a glove before.