Mittens and gloves are great little projects you can use to easily infuse your personality into your accessories. There are lots of ways to make these projects unique, from adding colorwork or cables to throwing a bit of lace onto a spring pair of mitts.
Kathryn Fulton offers 25 options for gloves, mitts and mittens in her book Vintage Knit Gloves and Mittens: 25 Patterns for Timeless Fashions.
About the Book
- Pages: 108
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 25
- Skill level: 7 are rated easy, 12 intermediate and 5 for experienced knitters
- Sizing: most are sized for adults, but there are some for kids and one for babies as well
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: none
- Publication date: October 2013
- Publisher: Stackpole Books
This book is all patterns, and it starts out with a basic mitten pattern sized from child small to adult large. This is a great little practice pattern (written to be worked flat on two needles or in the round) if you've never knit mittens before, and it's a great place to jump off from if you want to knit coordinating -- or matching -- mitts for the whole family.
There's also a basic glove pattern that uses a slightly textured stitch pattern for a little more interest but could also be worked in plain Stockinette if you want a quicker project.
The rest of the patterns show different ways to decorate mitts and gloves, including mock cables and real cables, stripes, stranded knitting, intarsia, textured stitch patterns, even a bit of lace. The book offers a nice variety of patterns, but I'm not sure what makes them vintage, unless vintage is meant to be a synonym for classic.
I really like the Frostrosen Mittens, which use a classic two-color snowflake pattern (there's also the Oslo Mittens, with a similar but more detailed pattern worked in lighter weight yarn. Other standouts include the Plaid Gloves, which look like you'd imagine with such a name; the Checkerboard Mittens, worked in a colorful Fair Isle pattern; the September Gloves, which use a mock cable eyelet pattern on long fingerless gloves; and the kid-sized Snowball Fight Mittens, with a basic cable on the front and long cuffs to keep warm whatever outdoor games you're playing.
Vintage Knit Gloves and Mittens is a great place to start if you've never knit mittens or gloves before. The basic patterns will inspire you to embellish them or choose some of the more dramatic patterns in the book to keep you and your family warm and colorful throughout the winter season.
Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy. This publisher also published one of my books, and one of my projects has a cameo in it, but all opinions are my own.