For Mom

Monday was Mom’s birthday, and I made sure to have some handknit gifts ready. First was a pair of mittens she had requested last year.


These were knit top-down, the first mittens I’ve ever done this way. I wanted to tailor them to fit Mom’s hands. And because she already knew she was getting mittens, I could try them on her hands along the way.


I’ve always liked to incorporate one garter ridge at the top of the ribbed cuffs on my mittens. In order to match this ridge on the tips, I used a provisional cast on and knit one garter ridge, then started knitting in the round after knitting one row and picking up stitches from the cast-on. I’m quite happy with how this worked out, but would make the tip wider next time.


I also asked Mom to point out the hats she liked in Hats On!, so that I could knit a matching hat, yarn permitting. I chose the simplest one she liked, the Tam, since I was leery of yardage after the Gansey Watch Cap incident earlier this month.


It turned out that there was plenty of yarn for a hat, whew. I was very surprised at how quickly this tam knit up!


Because it wasn’t as floppy as I would’ve liked, I would consider this hat more of a beret. (Maybe I will try again, with a size medium circumference for the cuff, but increase to a size large diameter?) But, most importantly, Mom was really surprised and very happy with the tam, and it looked great on her!


These were gifted just in time… the above picture was taken on Monday before we went out for her birthday dinner, and it rained. Then, the day after (Tuesday), temperatures plummeted with a severe wind chill, yikes!

Pattern: “Tam” by Charlene Schurch, Hats On! Size: Medium Yarn: Misti Cotton/Silk, Terracotta, Needles: Takumi Clover US 3 (3.25 mm) DPNs and US 6 (4 mm) circulars Started & Completed: January 27, 2008

Pattern: loosely based on “Mittens from the Top” by Meilynne Travis, Yarngear Size: Women’s Large Yarn: Misti Cotton/Silk, Terracotta, 97.5 grams Needles: Bryson Rosewood US 4 (3.5 mm) and Takumi Clover US 3 (3.25 mm) DPNs Started: January 10, 2008 Completed: January 22, 2008

Token Progress: 5 and 6 of 10
SKD January Challenge: 186 + 116 (+ 877 = 1179 of 1760!)

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14 Responses to “For Mom”

  1. Chris Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Very timely completion on those!! They look great.

  2. Guinifer Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    They look great. Today I’d even be tempted to layer those babies!

  3. Nicole Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    What a great set! The mittens look really fantastic.

  4. Miss T Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 11:46 am


  5. Jeanne Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    What a beautiful gift. And I’m sure appreciated today.

  6. Jill Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Great looking mittens and hat and you’re right – the timing is perfect with this unbelievable weather we’re having!

  7. lisa Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    very pretty…!!! I like that garter row above the ribbing.

  8. Carrie K Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Those are so cute! I love the color.

  9. mrspao Says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Lovely gift – perfect for cold days!

  10. Rina Says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Say Happy Belated Birthday to your Mom. Those are lovely gifts for your Mom. Love all the matching colors and the tam.

  11. Opal Says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful set! I like the added garter stitch ridge before the cuff. It really adds balance to the design.

  12. Tracey Says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Hooray for handknit birthday gifts, they are tops.

  13. kmkat Says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Yay for warm hands and head!

  14. Becky Says:
    February 2nd, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    What a great birthday present! I love the classic look of the set.

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