Knitting a good thumb gusset has been my achilles heel for some time. I could never quite get the hang of it: too long, too wide, gaping holes, you name it: I just could not knit a nice, neat gusset and thumb for mitts!
I decided after Christmas that my first goal for 2011 would be to conquer the dread gusset, and after knitting about a bazillion mitts (seriously, you should see all the rejects that are lying around!) … I finally got it. Yay!
This finally allows me to finish several new designs for fingerless mittens, but the first (above) developed as a result of the prototype mitt that I knit (and knit and knit) during the last month.
I sometimes find it difficult to come up with a great name for patterns (and have a naming suggestion contest on Facebook when that happens – the person suggesting the name that I end up using gets a free pattern!). This wasn’t the case for Belgique. I love the texture for these mitts – reminiscent of waffles! Waffles … Belgian Waffles … Belgique!
This pattern is a fun knit – there’s enough variety that you don’t want to drop from boredom. A twisted rib stitch pattern combined with reverse stockinette smoothly curving at the wrist and fingers. A simple gusset and thumb. A little more challenging knit, this is a great project for someone wanting to expand knitting in the round skills.
You can knit these up using DK or sportweight yarn (I’ve even used worsted weight). Hand dyed semisolid yarn is sheer perfection (shown above in Wool Candy Fondant 100% superwash wool, dk weight, in “ice blue”).
p.s., the sweet little heart is also available for order right here!