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Jan 18, 2014 20:45:16   #
alidakyle
 
I have a question regarding thrummed mittens. A few days ago I placed an order to get the roving to make these mittens but after looking at a few of the patterns I was wondering if anybody here had made them? There seem to be patterns for 4 dpns or just 2 straight needles...the latter requires a seam along the side. From the pictures, it seems to be that the whole thing can get quite bulky...would 2 needles work better than 4? I am trying to envision working with 4 needles on not too many stitches and all that roving on the inside as well....it seems to me that you might end up fighting with a bulky uncooperative mass of wool??
 
Jan 18, 2014 21:11:41   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
I haven't made them but one of the points of making them is that as they are worn the thrums on the inside get compacted and create the warmth we're trying to get.They will be bulky at first and I'm going to make some soon on two needles.
Jan 18, 2014 21:11:41   #
Dot700
 
Have you considered a 12 inch circular?
Jan 18, 2014 21:17:55   #
alidakyle
 
Dot700 wrote:
Have you considered a 12 inch circular?


No, not really. I have done socks on circulars and magic loop...did not like much. I do like working with 4 dpns. What concerns me is the bulk and what it would be like to work with that. But I am looking forward to wearing them for snow shoveling....
Jan 18, 2014 21:45:36   #
Country Bumpkins (a regular here)
 
http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-222264-1.html This looks like a good pattern
Jan 18, 2014 22:41:54   #
Sherry1
 
The thrums will not be bulky after being worn a few times. They will felt from the heat and friction of your hands so the insides will be nice and smoothe.
 
Jan 18, 2014 23:11:26   #
Patty Sutter (a regular here)
 
alidakyle wrote:
I have a question regarding thrummed mittens. A few days ago I placed an order to get the roving to make these mittens but after looking at a few of the patterns I was wondering if anybody here had made them? There seem to be patterns for 4 dpns or just 2 straight needles...the latter requires a seam along the side. From the pictures, it seems to be that the whole thing can get quite bulky...would 2 needles work better than 4? I am trying to envision working with 4 needles on not too many stitches and all that roving on the inside as well....it seems to me that you might end up fighting with a bulky uncooperative mass of wool??
I have a question regarding thrummed mittens. A f... (show quote)


What about 2 circular needles?
Less awkward than DPNs and no seem like straight needles.
Jan 18, 2014 23:30:08   #
alidakyle
 
Patty Sutter wrote:
What about 2 circular needles?
Less awkward than DPNs and no seem like straight needles.


Never figured out how to use two circulars.....time to check the Youtube listings, I guess.
Jan 18, 2014 23:32:03   #
SouthernGirl (a regular here)
 
I don't know the answer but want to wish you good luck with your mittens. Please let us know what you decide to do.
Jan 18, 2014 23:33:05   #
nrskrachet
 
After making several pairs of thrummed slippers, I would recommend a two needle pattern - but that's just my opinion. The last pair I did, I stranded the roving rather than tearing and forming little thrums - much quicker and neater!


Jan 19, 2014 00:24:56   #
alidakyle
 
nrskrachet wrote:
After making several pairs of thrummed slippers, I would recommend a two needle pattern - but that's just my opinion. The last pair I did, I stranded the roving rather than tearing and forming little thrums - much quicker and neater!


Looks good . I appreciate your response...I have the feeling that 2 needles would be less cumbersome.
 
Jan 19, 2014 03:38:17   #
Lkholcomb
 
I have made a few thrummed things. In fact I just finished a hat and mittens for my son and will soon start my daughter's. I have not found it cumbersome. I just make sure to tuck it all inside so nothing sticks out while I'm working.
Jan 19, 2014 04:30:44   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
I made mittens and slippers with thrums. I knit them in the round. The bulkiness of the roving was not a problem for me.
Jan 19, 2014 08:08:43   #
Teardrop
 
I have made many pair of thrummed mittens. I use 6" wood double pointed needles. The wood knitting needles prevent the yarn from coming off the needles while working. Once you get past the fear of working with them, you will be OK.
Jan 19, 2014 08:51:48   #
RoxyCatlady (a regular here)
 
I have had no problem using five double pointed needles - rather than just four.

With four, you divide the stitches in half, then one half into half again, so your needles are in a triangle shape. Once I got my first set of five needles, I found dividing all stitches into four from the start, and having a square shape, is much easier to knit small things (mitts, socks, gloves) in the round with or without thrums! If the dpns are only available in sets of four, I buy two sets now. (never hurts to have spares anyway, lol)
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