I’ve always wanted to properly learn how to knit mittens and gloves, since they are the perfect gift for almost anyone (and small enough that they don’t take up a lot of time). However, the thought of kitting tiny items in the round on double pointed needles (especially thumbs and fingers) was intimidating to me. That is why I was so excited to take the Mittens and Gloves Galore class offered on Craftsy and write up a review for all of you knitters out there who, like me, want to learn step by step in a straightforward and simple way how to knit mittens and gloves.
I have to say I was super impressed with layout of this class. The first thing that you learn is how to knit the cuff (which is simple enough to give you some confidence in your ability to knit in the round). Each lesson then goes on to teach the next subsequent step in your first project. The instructor, Marly Bird, is awesome at simplifying and demystifying each step in the process. Here is what my very first mitten looked looked like after the first few lessons:
The pink stitches represent what is called the afterthought thumb. It basically entails using a scrap piece of yarn as a place holder for the thumb stitches so that you can finish knitting the body of the glove or mitten and then go back and finish up the thumb.
My entire first project took a few hours and I know the next time I will be much faster after having the basics down. I’m so happy with the end result. I knitted these super cute mittens for my daughter. Perfect for our cool March weather:
What impressed me the most about this class was the vast amount of content. Marly teaches you not only how to knit basic mittens and gloves, but also fingerless gloves and convertible gloves. Once all of the basics are covered there additional lessons for faux fair isle mittens, thrummed mittens, and lacy arrowed and cabled mittens. Plus bonus material on lining your mittens and the duplicate stitch (for decorating your work). You definitely get your money’s worth.
The class is currently offered at a discount, so if this is something that you have been wanting to learn, you may want to purchase the course before the offer ends (especially since your access to course never expires).
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