Between stitches on the various versions of the baby blankets that I’ve been working on, I have also completed a new pair of warm winter mittens.
I chose the Jack-in-the-Box mittens from Knitting New Mittens and Gloves. The mittens have an normal top and an interior cuff. This allows you to have access to your fingers for things like unlocking the door, punching in the code on the garage door, and other tasks where you need some level of dexterity.
The bright pink button is to keep the top flap closed. I dug through my button box to find them. I had some super cute sheep buttons, that I was going to use, but they were a little big and I wanted to be able to button and unbutton with ease. Plus, I think it adds a nice splash of brightness to the mittens. I added some length to the cuffs, but otherwise knitted the pattern as written.
The mittens were knit with Malabrigo Worsted yarn, a super soft, hand dyed merino wool. It is one of my favorite yarns to work with. The colorway is SFO Sky, a blend of whites, grays, and blacks. A little dreary perhaps, but a good universal, go with everything color that goes with my green winter coat and my red fleece coat.
The mittens have now been tested, in a very snowy Wisconsin December and have proven themselves to be cozy and warm while doing everything from driving to work to making snowballs.