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Topic: good pattern for convertible mittens/glittens - SANS ugly seams?  (Read 1677 times)
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subloke
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2007 12:21:06 PM »

I made 4 (yes FOUR) pairs of flip-top mittens for Christmas presents this year.  For the flip-top part I used a combination of instructions for Knitty's Broadstreet and Magknits' Urban Necessity.  The stitches for the fliptop part are picked up from the body of the hand so they look like the knitting just goes in that direction when the fliptop is, er, flipped up...  Cheesy

Basically, after the hand was completed I went back and figured out where on the back of the hand I wanted my top to start.  I figured out how many stitches around the hand was at that point, cast on half of that number and picked up the other half from the hand.  Then I joined those stitches in the round and knit the top.  Make sure the mitten hangs below the work while you're knitting the top, so that you have the top going the right direction.

(I don't know if that's helpful to you or not.  If I've missed the point of the question, I'm sorry!  )
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bijou_raoul
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2007 12:32:42 PM »

^I've made a few pairs of my own and that's exactly how I've done mine. ^
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toothy
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2007 12:40:59 PM »

I use a similar technique to Subloke and Bijou except I determine where I want the finger hood to start and make a stitch every other stitch across the back of the hand and put the made stitches on a holder (a contrasting piece of yarn or string).  I then knit along as I would for gloves. 

When I've finished whatever I did for the fingers (complete fingers or half-fingers), I go back and pick up the stitches on the holder and cast on however many stitches are needed to go across the top of the palm and knit as if I were knitting the top of a mitten.

You can do this for any mitten pattern and if you're masochistic, you can even keep a pattern consistent glitten body to mitten top so the flap is fairly inconspicuous.
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subloke
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2007 12:46:21 PM »

I use a similar technique to Subloke and Bijou except I determine where I want the finger hood to start and make a stitch every other stitch across the back of the hand and put the made stitches on a holder (a contrasting piece of yarn or string).  I then knit along as I would for gloves. 

After I had completed about 3/4 of the mittens I thought about trying this.  If/When I make another pair (for ME!) I think i'll try this.  Thanks for the reminder!
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2007 01:26:32 PM »

There's a pattern in Handknit Holidays (I know, you don't want to buy a book, but maybe it's in the library?) for some convertible mittens. I haven't tried it yet though.
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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2007 05:25:43 PM »

How about knitting until you get to the part where you want it to end, then cast off the front half (or slightly less than half) on the palm? Then next time you come around, cast on the same number and join - would that work? You could even make it ribbed before and after the hole, just on the front.
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amey
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2007 08:30:14 PM »

I've done the handknit holidays one with Kathmandu Aran (the recommended yarn was WAY more expensive).  HEre are the pictures:

closed: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v158/amey311/knitting/?action=view&current=100_4119.jpg

open: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v158/amey311/knitting/?action=view&current=100_4120.jpg

showing the flap:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v158/amey311/knitting/?action=view&current=100_4121.jpg

I just realized I didn't take pictures of the back of the mitten to see how the flap attaches.  Someone (illegally?) posted the instructions on how the flap is made here: http://annie-knits.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_archive.html - scroll down to March 1.

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bemaha
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2007 09:28:59 PM »

I've done the handknit holidays one with Kathmandu Aran (the recommended yarn was WAY more expensive).  HEre are the pictures:

closed: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v158/amey311/knitting/?action=view&current=100_4119.jpg

open: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v158/amey311/knitting/?action=view&current=100_4120.jpg

showing the flap:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v158/amey311/knitting/?action=view&current=100_4121.jpg

I just realized I didn't take pictures of the back of the mitten to see how the flap attaches.  Someone (illegally?) posted the instructions on how the flap is made here: http://annie-knits.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_archive.html - scroll down to March 1.



Thank you! I have two skeins of the 'Bark' colourway in the Yarn-Formerly-Known-As-Kathmandu-Aran that'll make a lovely pair of these. Now to find the book at my library...
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2007 07:06:55 PM »

here is one i just winged:


i held together two strands of caron simply soft..i think i used US10.5dpns/circular needles for magic loop.

after i completed everything but the hood, i picked up a little more than half the stitches on the top of the hand and then cast on the rest of the stitches for the palm side, joining the round with the first picked up stitch.
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tamagotchi
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2007 07:34:00 AM »

here is one i just winged:


i held together two strands of caron simply soft..i think i used US10.5dpns/circular needles for magic loop.

after i completed everything but the hood, i picked up a little more than half the stitches on the top of the hand and then cast on the rest of the stitches for the palm side, joining the round with the first picked up stitch.

oooo, thanks!  I like that this is generating so many great ideas.  don't you love these knitting dilemmas?
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