Here you can see the inner and outer layers of the mitten.
I was flailing around a bit this weekend trying to figure out where to put my knitting energy when, while cleaning up, I found the above lone failed mitten. Perfect small project to crank out to completion, or so I thought. The first attempt was a fail because I made them too big and my brilliant idea for making them double layered with an angora liner (ooo bunny warmth!) was poorly thought out. I started with a provisional cast on thinking I would simply undo those stitches and begin a second mitten that would mirror the first. This is the same method I used when I sewed a pair of double layer mittens out of felted sweaters a few years back. But, after trying the idea out the cuff got too bulky and stretched out funny on the folded edge where the two layers met. So, I frogged back and did a stretchy cast off on the cuff with a new plan of picking up stitches on the inside above the cuff to knit the second layer. Well, that idea also crashed and burned leaving me with a too big single layer mitten - exactly what I didn't want.
In come Ravelry to the rescue! I knit double knit coasters a while back and the thought occurred that I could use the same construction method to make the mittens. I love that Raverly has such great search options and I could choose to search this specific construction method, as well as what I wanted to knit. Most of the patterns that appeared in my search had two color patterns which looked awesome (I love this one), but weren't a good fit for the handspun yarn I was using (You may recognize it as leftovers from that yellow hat. That's right I'm making a matchy-matchy set - yay!) Then I ran across this pattern, which was a simple single color on the outer layer with a liner - perfect! It's more of a recipe than a pattern per se, but still really easy to follow. Now I'm finally on the right track, a slooowww track, but the right one. You see you knit the one row in the outer color and then work back around in the opposite direction in the liner color. It has no formal gusset for the thumb. Instead you knit in a scrap piece of yarn which you will undo after you complete the body of the mitten, picking up the now "live" stitches to knit the thumb in the round just as you did before. The only tricky thing is to remember to make a right AND left mitten as this style makes the mittens hand specific.
I wish you could feel through the internet how squishy soft these are, but alas you'll just have to trust me the resulting fabric is fabulous! The only downside to this project is that I cannot just crank them out like I was hoping for, but the end product will be just what I want and that's what matters most.
Joining in with Rachel for Yarn Fanatic Party, Nicole for Keep Calm Craft On and Ginny for Yarn Along.