Those cold winters call for more than just any kind of mittens. Thrumming is a technique that incorporates pieces of fiber/roving into your knitting creating a soft, insulating layer between you and that winter chill. These quick, cozy mittens will keep your hands nice and toasty until you can make it to your next cup of tea or hot chocolate. In this class, you’ll learn a bit about fibre, a bit about the technique and cast the mittens on to try it out yourself! You’ll have a new skill under your belt and your new favorite winter mittens on your needles!
Technique Requirements: knit/purl, cast on/bind off, increase/decrease, working in the round, have knit a few accessories
Cuff Gauge: 22 sts x 24 rounds = 4 in / 10 cm in 1x1 ribbing
Body Gauge: 17 sts x 24 rounds = 4 in / 10 cm in stockinette stitch
For general reference, I'll be using Aran-weight yarn with 4.5 mm (US 7) needles for the cuff and 5.0 mm (US 8) for the body.
With aran weight yarn and suitable needles to obtain Cuff Gauge, loosely cast on 32 sts using the long-tail cast on method. Place beginning of round marker and join in the round careful not to twist the sts.
Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * until end. Repeat Round 1 until the mitten cuff reaches about 2 in / 5 cm or desired length.
Change to larger needles required to obtain Body Gauge and knit 1 round.
Next Round: K4, M1L, *k8, M1L; repeat from * three times, k4. (36 sts)
Knit 2 rounds. Keep these sts on the needles and bring to class.
Abbreviations: k - knit, p - purl, M1L - make 1 left, sts - stitches
In addition to your homework, please bring 40g roving in a contrasting color that goes with your yarn, some waste yarn and a tapestry needle.