Cashmere Convertible Mittens (aka Glittens) with Pattern Modifications

Pattern: Modified version of Patons Convertible Mitts Yarn: School Products Worsted-Weight Cashmere Needles: Crystal Palace DPNs, US 5 Recipient: me

Notes: A lot of you have been asking me lately what happened with those glittens I made months ago, from a very modified version of the Patons pattern with which I made Clayton's honkin' huge convertible mittens. By the way, the Patons pattern came in one size: honkin' huge. So I set out to make a pair of glittens pour moi, scaled down for my nearly childlike paws. The result is what you see above, and I will try to reconstruct the modifications I made, and reflect on what I'd do differently.

What went right:

Smaller thumb / thumb gusset: I continued the thumb gusset increases until there were, I believe, 10 stitches between the 2 purled stitches rather than 14.

Shorter palms: I omitted a few rows from the palms once the thumb gusset was complete. I think I knitted 7 rows even above the thumb gusset rather than the 10 specified.

Stockinette fingers: Rather than ribbed fingers, I went with stockinette, which I thought looked better and made the fingers a bit tighter.

Shorter, more rounded flap: Rather than alternating decrease rows with even rows, once I began decreasing I decreased every row. This eliminated the flipper-like pointy shape of the original pattern and made the flap shorter overall.

What could have gone better:

Wrists way too loose: for some reason, probably because I was paranoid about the fingers being too small, I cast on the 48 stitches called for in the pattern. I think a combination of the pattern and the ultra-soft yarn means the ribbing on this pair is really loose, and as a result the wrists are annoyingly loose, which you can sort of see in this photo:

I think I could have gotten away with casting on 40 instead of 48, and having the fingers be 2 stitches more snug (though they aren't as loose as the wrists).

Thumb / thumb gusset still too big: I think I picked up two too many stitches from the palm when I started the thumb, which meant the thumb was only 2 stitches smaller than the original. My thumb is just not that chubby.

So the bottom line is that because of the looseness of the wrist and thumb, I find myself gravitating toward my old thinsulate-lined, non-homemade gloves more often than I do my glittens. I'm thinking of frogging these to correct the problems, but probably won't get around to it till next fall.

By the way, Clayton ADORES his glittens. I have been told multiple times by both him and his girlfriend that they are his most prized piece of indoors-outerwear. If you're making convertible mittens for a man, I still think the Patons pattern is just about as good as it gets for worsted-weight yarn. As for us delicate lasses, we'll just have to keep trying.

Additional views:

Here's a shot of the closed glitten:

Posted by jess at March 7, 2005 6:08 PM

Those glitts are beautiful! I ventured onto your site looking for a yoga bag pattern (which was great by the way) and now I'm here and I love your site. Tres bien!

Posted by: Theresa at March 7, 2005 6:15 PM

Your Glittens are just gorgeous.
Great job!!!!
Thanks for psoting them and the modifications.

Posted by: Dorothy at March 7, 2005 6:57 PM

i swear that i own a pair that looks exactly like that, bought at banana republic a few years back. they were ridiculously expensive. tres chic, darling!

Posted by: semaphoria at March 7, 2005 7:02 PM

great job! your glittens look great! i don't know how you're keep them clean.

Posted by: lynette at March 8, 2005 4:39 PM

i was first inspired by your glittens...but found this pattern to actually go by for making my own pair (thanks also for the tip on school products cashmere!):
it's a great pattern because it's for two sizes (sm/med and med/lg) and even gives info. how to size specifically to your own hands. i made a pair and they were perfect for wee woman hands!

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Posted by: credit check at July 8, 2005 3:46 PM

I love these! I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping you'll get my message and give me some advice. I have been really wanting mitten gloves, but I'm a little overwhelmed by the Broad Street pattern. Is this Pattons pattern any easier? Your imput would be greatly appreciated...

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