Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mo' Mittens

Cosy Quilted Mittens
(aka Frost Buster Mittens)

About a million years ago, long before the internet made communicating ideas a hundred times more easy, we designed a pattern for mittens. Those mittens match the Cosy Quilted Cap. In The Beginning, they were called Frost Buster Mittens. Catchy, eh? Years went by and we busied ourself with other things. Eventually, we prepared the pattern in .PDF form, so we could just shoot it off across the ether and not have to worry about printing and postage. However, up until today, we hadn't found a home for it. Today, spurred on by Kate and Maria, we've made it available on Craftsy. To that end, you can find the Cosy Quilted Mittens Pattern here. Back in the mid-'90s, it sold for $8.95 and today, almost 20 years later, it costs $5. from Craftsy. We think that's reverse inflation :) and a pretty good deal.

The Cosy Quilted Mitten pattern is pretty simple, but very unconventional. In a nutshell, you knit a picture frame and 2 quilted panels. You insert the panels into the hand. The only real skills required are patience and a willingness to do handwork. Somehow, we think handwork isn't as popular today as it was then. However, maybe there are some die-hard handworkers out there who will appreciate it.

"Hands Up, Pardner!"
(no husbands were actually harmed in the photographing of Cosy Quilted garments)

While you're checking out mittens, we'll remind you of the Oddball Mitten Pattern, which is similar. The quilted panels have been replaced with knitted blanks. All very unorthodox, but very pretty. If you're tired of the same old, same old, you'll find a refreshing change in this take on mitten-making. Also $5. available from Ravelry.  Edited on November 15, 2016..... For now, this pattern is no longer available due to the fact that it's a really, really odd way to go about mittens, and I just don't have the time to defend it. :)  Maybe some day.......