Mittens in May

It is better not to make mittens in a hurry ... Let’s make them in May; let’s take our time over them; let’s venture into new approaches and designs; let’s enjoy them.
— Elizabeth Zimmerman, Knitter's Almanac, p. 53

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s call to arms, or rather, hands, couldn’t be a more fitting motto for the fun we’ve been having over in our Boost Your Knitting KAL this month. We’ve been exploring the joys of the tidy tubular cast on and working up Sarah Hatton’s terrifically textured Totally Tubular Mittens.

Those mock cables! Photo © Jesse Wild.

Those mock cables! Photo © Jesse Wild.

We’re just over halfway through the KAL, and there are so many finished pairs to admire already! Several people have taken their cue from the pattern photos and modeled their finished Totally Tubular Mittens with an obliging succulent:

There’s nothing fishy about  MarileeRD ’s cherry red mittens!

There’s nothing fishy about MarileeRD’s cherry red mittens!

GeezLouise ’s Totally Tubular Mittens with jade

GeezLouise’s Totally Tubular Mittens with jade

Dsews2 ’s totally tubular take!

Dsews2’s totally tubular take!

After undertaking April’s stunning but large Sterlyn Shawl, BYK knitters have really been motoring through these Aran-weight mittens. They really do work up in no time! The beauties below were all worked up in four days or less (and look at all those tidy, 1x1 rib edges!):

Soupdragon ’s brilliant blue mittens!

Soupdragon’s brilliant blue mittens!

Speedy  NorthernFlicker  whipped this gorgeous pair up in just two days!

Speedy NorthernFlicker whipped this gorgeous pair up in just two days!

KayStar  knit these lovelies in  Fyberspates Vivacious DK  to end up with smaller mittens!

KayStar knit these lovelies in Fyberspates Vivacious DK to end up with smaller mittens!

With fourteen days to go until June’s Boost Your Knitting KAL kicks off (the pattern will be released June 3rd), there’s still plenty of time to get a pair of Totally Tubular Mittens (or any other project using a tubular cast on) onto and off the needles, ready and waiting for Autumn temperatures—or, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, ready to wear now! I’m hoping to cast on my own pair in the next few days … as soon as I can decide which colour of Something to Knit With Aran to use (the pattern requires just two skeins). I’m leaning towards Mustard, but have several contenders …I want something that will brighten a cold day!

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