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« on: November 27, 2011 06:50:33 AM »

I love horseback riding. I love it slightly less on a lovely day like this
when my hands are freezing. I'm an outdoor nerd so I have lots of great mittens for cold days - not so many suitable for riding.
I decided my unlined leather riding mittens needed a pair of wool ones to go underneath, and knit these:

I pretty much winged the pattern, inspired by the Norwegian mittens with thumb gussets and pointy tips. Started with 56 stitches in DK yarn, can't remember which needles I used. Knit the ribbing 2x2, increased to 60 stitches, started a simple checkerboard pattern and began making the thumb gusset. The finger is made by putting 18 stitches aside while finishing the rest of the hand, then knitting it like you would when making gloves. If I remember correctly I cast on 6 new stitches so the finger has 24 stitches.

They look kind of silly lying there on the table, but the fit is perfect on my large hands.

I made them not matching on purpose because I had so  many scraps to use.

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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011 07:28:55 AM »

I like them! And I did not notice they did not match till you mentioned it in your post.

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011 08:06:51 AM »

These are really great! I've never seen mittens like this with the pinky finger compartment Smiley. I really like the checkboard too. Oh and your riding photo is GORGEOUS.

« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011 01:37:54 PM »

Thanks, both of you!
The mitten style with a separate pinky finger is often used in riding mittens where I live (Sweden). Riding in regular mittens works but it'd harder to use the reins properly, at least when riding English style which most people around here do. I've also seen mittens with a separate index finger for hunters and photographers.

I guess you could say they kind of match - they both have the same colours, just in different places!

« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011 01:44:38 PM »

Holy fantastic mittens, Batman! They're gorgeous! Which is kind of a shame, since they'll be hidden in your leather mitts most of the time Tongue

« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011 04:44:58 PM »

these are AWESOME! :-)
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2011 04:01:20 PM »

Those mitts are absolutely gorgeous!
I am totally fascinated by the checkerboard pattern.

I've never seen riding mitts - only trigger finger mitts.
Many thanks for posting this. I will try to interest the person who knits mittens for me.

« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2011 01:57:36 AM »

Holy fantastic mittens, Batman! They're gorgeous! Which is kind of a shame, since they'll be hidden in your leather mitts most of the time Tongue

You got me thinking about those clear sneakers some sock knitters wear to show off their socks - it couldn't be too hard to invent clear shell mittens! Or at least ones with a clear top and a leather or wool palm. Maybe not the best for riding, but they could be worn with other wool mittens on windy days. *runs off to experiment with plastic*

The mittens are extremely warm inside the leather ones, and they stay warm even if I get my hands wet when filling up the water barrel for the horses. They are also less clumsy than regular mittens when handling bridles and halters and rugs.

Ficklephonebug: Thanks!

Jane2: Thanks! I really hope your mitten knitter gives it a try!

« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011 10:54:58 AM »

how cool - nicely done!

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