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Braided Mittens for Mom

November 10

As it cools off here in Cleveland, I want to make sure my Mom has something warm on her hands when we take her outside. I had a blast making these mittens for her. The color looks great with her bright blue eyes.

I often wear my hair in a braid down my back. By using the braided cable in the mittens, I’m hoping she’ll be reminded of  how much I love her when she wears them.



Because of Mom’s stroke, one hand has problems with swelling. We couldn’t get commercially-made mittens to fit over that hand. I’m grateful I can knit, so I could make the mitten for that hand wider. A nice custom fit!

In the process of making these, I found another handy use for lifelines. I’ve used them in lace projects, but it only now dawns on me that they’re a good way to mark the beginning of shaping for mittens’ tops and socks’ toes.  I put the lifeline in when I thought the mitten was long enough, then proceeded with shaping the top. The mitten was still too short. I measured the deficiency so I’d know how much extra knitting would be needed. Fixing the problem was a simple matter of ripping back to the lifeline, knitting the extra length that I had already measured, then shaping  the top again. Perfect!



I used Rowan’s Lima yarn. It’s mostly baby alpaca, with some merino wool and nylon mixed in. I liked the yarn’s woven construction.


One of these days I’d like to make a simple turtleneck from this yarn. It’ll help me make that mental shift from California to (brrr) Ohio!


5 Comments to

“Braided Mittens for Mom”

  1. On November 10th, 2009 at 1:26 pm Laurie (Moo!) Says:

    Very clever use of a lifeline. And very sweet of you to think of the hair braid/braided glove. What a lovely shade of blue!

  2. On November 10th, 2009 at 2:33 pm Karen Says:

    Beautiful mitts for your mom. It’s starting to get pretty cold so I know she’ll appreciate them. You’re a good daughter.

  3. On November 11th, 2009 at 6:14 pm Toni Says:

    I like how you picked the braided design to remind your mom of your hair. What a wonderful touch! I’m sure she’ll love them.

  4. On November 17th, 2009 at 7:50 pm Natalie Says:

    How cool, I’m making a pair of very similar mittens for my mom too! They’re lovely!

  5. On November 27th, 2009 at 7:24 am Rachel Says:

    I have never seen that woven yarn before, very cool. I also love the design of your mitten.

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