I went to a workshop last December to learn how to knit these fabulous mittens that have a fuzzy lining.
It was fun, and the mittens are pretty, and if you live near me and like knitting, I highly recommend going to The Bobbin Tree the next time that they hold a workshop. Also, they have some lovely yarns.
All the thrummed mitten patterns I can find use a reducing process at the fingertips that leaves the end un-fuzzy. Since it is always my fingers that are cold, I wanted to figure out how to carry the pattern all the way to the end. Wait! Let me show you what I’m talking about.
Less yay. :(
So I decided that on my next pair, I would reduce in the round instead of with that squared off tip and Kitchener Stitch (I’m sure there’s a technical term for those two approaches. )
I will assume that you have a thrummed mitten pattern already, so this is only after the mitten has been knit to the appropriate length (just past the pinkie finger, they seem to suggest). I also assume that you already know how to knit, since this is more of a proof-in-principle than an actual pattern. Really, I just want to be able to make the other mitten match, and I had to write it down anyway, so I thought it might put it somewhere that it could help somebody else, too.
Back to the needles!
On the next thrumming row (mine was a thrum-k3 all around 44 stitches) reduce one on alternating thrums.
Row 1: Something like, ssk-thrum-k3 all around. This made for an odd number of reductions, but that’s OK. We’re going to fix that before the next thrumming round.
Row 2: Knit (including whatever you’ve been doing with the thrums all along. My instructor told us to knit into the back of them to hold them in more securely.)
Row 3: Reduce on all of the alternations that you didn’t do the first time. That is, k5, k2tog, k4, k2tog (or however it works so that you wind up with a repeat for the next thrum that will go t-k2 all the way around. I seem to have a k3 in there somewhere.)
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: thrum-k2 all around.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2
Row 7: Reduce ~1/4 of your remaining stitches evenly.
In my case, I took out 8 of 33. I found a great calculator to figure out how to distribute your evenly spaced reduction here: http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/EvenlySpace.html
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Evenly reduce the same number as row 7 +/- 1 (if you need to come back to an even number of stitches. I reduced 9 on this row to leave me with 16 because I’m fond of the grafted closing instead of the drawstring through the remaining live stitches.)
Two extra rows of fuzzy goodness! You’re welcome. (You know who you are.)