February 3, 2011 I hate knitting colourwork mitten thumbs. They’re just so fiddly and little. Bleh. One down, one to go. 20 Responses to “a confession” Heather Scott February 3, 2011 Bleh, indeed, and I’ve never even done colorwork mittens. I hate knitting mitten or even fingerless mitt thumbs, period. Those look beautiful, though! Reply CambriaW February 3, 2011 I completely understand, and agree. But it’s worth it! Reply Melissa February 3, 2011 I totally agree. I avoid knitting gloves because I don’t want to have to deal with knitting five of the suckers. One is bad enough. Reply Kristin February 3, 2011 I agree. But do you like your Knit Picks needles? I was thinking of ordering some. Reply Christy February 3, 2011 I *love* knitting thumbs. Although I haven’t yet knit colorwork thumbs. I love knitting fiddly little things. Reply Lynn B February 3, 2011 You can do it Laura! Go Laura, Go Laura! Looking forward to the photo shoot to see how it all turns out. Reply Melissa February 3, 2011 How wrong would it be to do a plain thumb on a colorwork mitten? Reply Jenn February 3, 2011 I am with Christy- well, I love knitting colorwork thumbs. Not so much full fingers on gloves. Thumbs can be such a fun place for an unexpected detail- a motif hidden on the inside of a mitten thumb, or even just how the thumb patterning perfectly lines up with (or compliments) the pattern. I often just work the thumb stitches with 2 dpns to hold the stitches- I don’t get holes on such a small surface, and magic loop just involves tangles with so few sts. Reply beth February 3, 2011 looks like you are doing a fine job to me. Reply helene magnusson February 3, 2011 I hate wearing them as well… find the plain ones more comfortable… Reply Knittripps February 3, 2011 They sure are pretty mittens though! Reply Morgan February 3, 2011 I haven’t attempted colorwork mittens yet but I LOVE that color combo! Colorwork mittens are on my list though, and they are lots better than colorwork gloves:) Reply Judy February 4, 2011 I’m just beginning the thumb on my first pair of colourwork mittens. Thanks for the encouragement! LOL I’m also about halfway through your beauchamp cowl and I absolutely LOVE it! The main color is black (silk angora blend) and the cc yarn is leftover sock yarn……very lovely! Thanks for the pattern! xo Reply Maryse February 4, 2011 I’m just about to start colorwork mittens… Wish me good luck! They are going to be (I hope) so pretty! Reply Abby Tohline February 6, 2011 I hate them too! Ick. And the fact that it’s just as bad whether you use magic loop or dpns just isn’t fair! Reply Lisa February 6, 2011 Hey Laura- Love those mittens. Still hoping that you’ll write the pattern up for purchase in the near future! Those colours together are awesome. Lisa Reply Seanna Lea February 7, 2011 I haven’t actually knit any mittens yet (I have yarn for a pair that will see the light of day as soon as I get my shawl finished), so I don’t know if I will find the thumb overly fiddly. I need the extra warmth that colorwork can provide, so I’m hoping to make short work of my current project! Reply Kimberly February 8, 2011 Whoa, that is really small. Pretty colors though :) Hang in there! Reply Lynne February 8, 2011 such lovely colors though… Reply Elizabeth February 10, 2011 I agree that thumbs aren’t fun (or the fingers in gloves! Have you tried with dpns? I know it’s a highly individual choice, but I do find that really small diameter knitting is a little easier to bear with dpns. Although, it was Meg Swanson’s distaste for knitting fingers on dpns that led her to develop her I-cord finger technique. I guess there’s no good solution! Reply Leave a Reply to Melissa Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email.