They are done! My submission for the A Verb to Keep You Warm‘s Smitten Mitten contest on Rav. I used Anna Zilboorg’s top down mitten technique from her book Magnificent Mittens. I fell in love with color-work mittens last winter while knitting my own pair from her book and a pair for my sister. Now I gave myself the time to chart out my own pattern.
I have been tinkering with mitten charts for quite a while, but this contest really made me sit down and think about a mitten that would be both fun to knit and to chart out. Not to mention fun for the child (for they are a child’s mitten) who is wearing them. I have a book of black work motifs. One of the square motifs in it was a maze. That got me thinking. Why not create a maze on the back of a pair of mittens? If you follow the Chartreuse line there is a answer that will take you from the cuff to the tip.
The palm of the mitten is knit in simple stripes. I tend to prefer the hidden thumb mitten as opposed to the sore thumb mitten, so the hidden thumbs follow the same stripe as the palms.
I used a braided edging to finish them off. I am so pleased with the way this pattern turned out. They will be gifted to my nephew who lives in the North East and I am hoping to have enough time to chart out a maze band for a hat to match.