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Ravens in Snow Fingerless Mitts

My Ravens in Snow fingerless mitts are now up on Ravelry.

These mitts are, really, a total redesign.  I’ve used a different cuff, I’ve switched to my favored thumb gusset, and I modified the motif to work with the smaller ‘canvas’ of the back of the hand.

Although the full mitts — a design I still really like — were published in September 2011, the actual design was proposed and completed around a year earlier, in late 2010, making them really one of my earlier designs.  I was trying to work within the confines of traditional Nordic mitten construction, which, I learned, is not my favorite.  I like a round top to mitts, rather than the pointy top, for example.  And I like the type of thumb gusset (a little offset for comfort, forming a triangular wedge) I normally do, rather than the waste yarn thumb gusset.

I think (hope!) the fingerless version is a bit more refined, more elegant.  Comments?  Which do you prefer?

Oh, heck, I’ll bribe people to comment.  Comment which mitt you prefer & why, in this post, by midnight PST June 19th (that gives me time to pick a winner before heading off to TNNA), for a chance to win a copy of either the fingerless version or the full version of Ravens in Snow.




22 comments… add one
  • Annika June 14, 2012, 11:06 am

    I think they’re both wonderful, but I’m so glad for the redesign because these will actually be useful to me here in SoCal!

  • Linda June 14, 2012, 11:15 am

    I think I prefer the fingerless version as it would be more useful in our Scottish climate, plus who wouldn’t want to have such delicious looking mitts. 😉

  • Robin Lemke June 14, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Wow, so beautiful! I love Ravens. My name is Robin, so feel like a Raven is my edgy alter ego. 😉

  • Lilie June 14, 2012, 1:27 pm

    I like fingerless mitts because doing all those fingers on a circular would be a pain in the butt. 🙂

  • I.H June 14, 2012, 4:23 pm

    They look great. I do not know how to do stranded knitting yet, but I want to learn because of all the nice patterns.
    I would guess the fingerless version is easier to make, and could probably be worn both inside as well as outside.
    But I must say that I think gloves with stranded knitting are very nice. They look so complicated, and classic (my grandmother had several pairs of gloves with nordic pattern).
    And I also prefer thumb gussets instead of “waste yarn thumbs”.

  • Corvidae June 14, 2012, 4:57 pm

    I love these — I have a thing for ravens and crows (hence the name), so these are particularly appealing to me! I also love the fact that you’ve done a regular thumb gusset rather than the afterthought thumb. I have never found those to be a good fit for my hands. I look forward to making a pair of these sometime soon!

  • Bridie June 14, 2012, 4:59 pm

    The lines on the fingerless mitts are definitely cleaner than mitts and I like them as you don’t have to remove them to do complex stuff!

    If you have big hands (as I do) ‘proper’ thumbs look much nicer

  • Lacekitty June 14, 2012, 11:57 pm

    I like them both! I love that you used a regular thumb as I have rather big hands for a girl 🙂

  • Rachelle June 15, 2012, 1:57 am

    I prefer the fingerless mitts; possibly it’s just the colour but they’re really cute.

  • Susan W June 15, 2012, 10:24 am

    I prefer the fingerless mitts because I like the cuff detail.

  • InJuneau June 15, 2012, 12:23 pm

    While I like the new version as a possible option for me, I’d been thinking about knitting the full sized ones for my husband. So, not sure I really have a preference!

    (InJuneau on Rav)

  • Nancy W June 15, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I LOVE the fingerless mitts – it’s the cuff that got me.

  • Kathy June 16, 2012, 2:22 pm

    My vote is for the fingerless mitts. They are so gorgeous!

  • Kathy June 16, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I vote for the fingerless mitts. They are gorgeous!

  • Ann June 16, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Those are so very beautiful! So delicate looking!

  • Linda June 17, 2012, 11:22 am

    I am partial to fingerless mitts in general and this is no exception.

  • Lina June 18, 2012, 9:16 am

    Oh my these are just perfect! I love the color and the pattern. Great job! 🙂

  • Lina June 18, 2012, 9:18 am

    Oh and I prefer fingerless as I love a good pair of fingerless gloves. 😀

  • lindaran (on Rav) June 18, 2012, 12:41 pm

    My favorite? That depends. This design is beautiful and would be fabulous in any of the patterns. I favor fingerless mitts for fall and spring, but definitely need a full mitten for winter. Anything to keep my fingers warm! I do agree with you about the traditional Scandinavian shaping; I’m just not fond of the pointy mittens. I’d love to try out your revised pattern!

  • Kathy June 18, 2012, 2:42 pm

    I love the fingerless mitts. Beautiful! I also love the cuff and the gusset. Would make lovely Christmas gifts, of which I have many to make. Thanks for the chance to win a pattern :))

  • fiametta June 19, 2012, 9:39 am

    These are beautiful. Very delicate. I definitely do not favor pointy mittens (but I also have no reason to wear them in SoCal), so the mitts are much lovelier to me.

  • Joy June 19, 2012, 2:14 pm

    I love the design of the fingerless mitts best! esp the cuff 🙂

    That said, the yarn you used on the mitts is pretty awesome looking.

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