Thursday 6 January 2011

Alpaca mittens

I have knitted two pairs of mittens in Schachenmayr Alpaka - both in a herringbone pattern. Mine have a trigger finger and from some angles look like Nightcrawlers hands. The other pair were a Christmas gift for H's mother, who likes to have her fingers free when she is driving.

My mittens are probably the warmest mittens I have ever owned - even in -20c they were very warm and cozy, even with the separate index finger. The herringbone pattern adds to the warmness since it makes them effectively double layer, there always being a thread of the opposite colour behind the stitch. The reason for the tridactyl design is that I like having the use of my hands, but gloves are colder than mittens. This combines the best of both worlds.

Christmas Gift Mittens