I don’t know if there’s a paid pattern I’ve gotten more use out of than my Thrummed Mitten Pattern from Briggs and Little. I’ve previously written about these uniquely Canadian (Newfoundlander, specifically) mittens, how warm they are, and how simply joyful it is to see them inside out and all the fluffs that make them so very warm.
My sister recently asked for a pair for herself, and I thought it would be an excellent addition to her birthday present. A visit to Toronto with a friend brought us to Knit-o-matic, and they were selling thrum kits from Fleece Artist. I chose a lovely soft blue for her mitts, pleased with my choice. When I got home and really got into the mitten, I was even more delighted to see that the roving was nearly identical in colour to the yarn. My previous mittens have had a stark contrast between thrum and yarn, resulting in ‘polka dotting’ on the mitten:
But when the yarn and fleece are nearly identical, the mitten appears more solid, more uniform:
As I said, this simply delighted me. Now, it did make it a challenge when the gusset increases messed with the stitch count, and seeing the previous row of thrums is helpful in trying to maintain the thrum pattern. A challenge, but not impossible.
If anything, I’d say the matching yarn/thrum makes for a very mature looking mitten.
And they are still very, very warm.