Geranium Glittens (Modified Broad Street Mittens)


Pattern: Very Modified Broad Street Mittens from Knitty
Yarn: Knitpicks Sock Garden, 100% merino sock yarn, 1 ball ("Geranium")
Needles: Crystal Palace US 2 DPNs, set of 5

This pair of convertible mittens should have been easy. It was my third pair, and I was using a pattern many others have used before. Easy, however, they were not. For the most part, the trillion mistakes I made were due to my own inattentiveness. Message - don't try to modify an already quirky pattern unless you plan to pay attention to what you're doing.

Anyhoo, there are two (maybe three) main areas of modification. First, the Broad Street Pattern is made for giganta-hands. Why are mitten patterns so often written for one size? The world may never know. Anyway, I started out by casting on 40 stitches instead of 48, and the numbers worked out pretty well from there.

BTW, there's a mistake in the Knitty pattern - when you increase at the end of the cuff, you're supposed to *k4, inc 1* rather than *k3, inc 1*. I did all my increases, including those for the thumb gusset, by doing *k3, kfb next stitch*.

I also worked only 10 increase stitches for the thumb gusset instead of the pattern's 14. The numbers for each finger are slightly different, too - instead of picking up 15 stitches per finger (7+8), I ended up doing 12 stitches per finger (6+6).

The other main difference is the method of decrease on the flap. I hate star decreases for mittens because they end up looking asymmetrical to me, and nordic decreases look pointy. Instead I did a gathered sort of increase like so:

K flap even until two rows or so above index finger length (you will have to eyeball this). Then:

Row 1: *k2tog* repeat * to * all the way around.
Row 2: K even
Row 3: *k1, k2tog* repeat * to * all the way around.
Row 4: K even
Row 5: *k2tog* repeat * to * all the way around.

You'll now be left with 6 or 7 stitches. With a yarn needle, run yarn end through all stitches and pull to draw together. This produces a nice rounded tip. Although they get a little bunchy with fingers inside, I still prefer this effect to an uneven or pointy one:

I named these mittens "geranium glittens" because this shade of Sock Garden really does look like the geraniums in my window, and will, I'm sure, keep me a bit happier through the grey months once I finally wear them next winter. Though the pattern was a nightmare in some respects, I have to put in a plug for the yarn - very easy to work with and the color works up beautifully and not too uniformly. And my total cost for this project was $3.99!

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Posted by jess at April 10, 2005 11:57 AM

Super cute. I love the colour!

Posted by: caro at April 10, 2005 12:48 PM

I'm in love with the geranium colorway! I'm glad you worked out the problems with this project because the end result is super cute.

Posted by: Karma at April 10, 2005 2:01 PM

Wow, a phenomenal bargain! Love that colorway, too. Might have to look into that....

Posted by: Norma at April 10, 2005 2:56 PM

Mmm, that's a great color. Nice job.

Posted by: Alexandra at April 10, 2005 5:11 PM

I was inspired by you to look at the Knitpicks site and fell in LOVE with the sock garden colors. I ended up ordering pansy, and it is SO awesome! I can't wait 'til I have time to actually USE it!

Posted by: kristiface at April 11, 2005 9:30 PM

those look great. when i tried to make these, i ended up giving up because they were coming out too big... maybe i'll give them a second chance- the color is super as well.

Posted by: Yifaa at April 11, 2005 9:52 PM

The colour is gorgeous!! Those will be so cheery in the winter :-)

Posted by: Prim at April 12, 2005 5:25 AM

I love the color! I am so in love with Sock Garden. I must order some.

Posted by: jillz at April 12, 2005 7:28 AM

Those look great! It's such a cheerful color...

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Posted by: countrywide home loans at July 8, 2005 2:36 PM

Thanks for posting yout modifications, I love KP's sock yarn! Gonna knit a pair for my son!

Posted by: Kitty at October 19, 2005 10:44 PM

I'm so glad I discovered this mod before I got too far along - I've decided to suck it up and frog what I have, instead of spending too many hours on a pair of mittens that don't fit me. It's annoying, because it's taken SO LONG just to get this small bit done; after having frogged the already-started mittens that had been sitting in a drawer since I had trouble fixing a dropped stitch with the teensy gauge months ago. I'm pretty experienced, but didn't feel confident enough to attempt to modify the (already difficult) pattern myself. Now I'm working with your blog and the knitty pattern side by side.

Posted by: Kelly at June 10, 2006 2:27 AM

I found a link to your site on craftster, regarding the broad street mitten. Thank you so much for posting your results with a size modification, I too have small hands and as a fairly new knitter to the world of things with size applications (e.g. gloves, socks) I didn't even know where to begin!

Posted by: Elfkid at October 6, 2007 6:55 PM
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