On a recent outing to my local yarn shop, I tried on a lovely pair of mittens. They were so cute, knitted in stranded colorwork (I thought) with little white stitches dotting the dark blue background. Very simple. Then I put my hand in one of the mittens, looked up, and said "What the . . .?" It felt like I had put my hand into a cloud!
|The inside of a thrummed mitten. This is just after one round of placing the thrums, so you can imagine how warm these will be!|
The yarn shop owner said that the mittens were thrummed. What's thrumming? It's simply knitting little lengths of fleece into your work, with the ends on the inside of the work and a smooth stitch on the outside. just discovered how to knit thrums, a technique that adds a ton of warmth to mittens, hats, and even socks.
The original fleece-stuffed mittens came from Labrador and Newfoundland in eastern Canada. Small pieces of unspun sheep's wool were twisted, and then worked in every few stitches to create a fleecy lining. These mittens were were probably worked in natural sheep colors, but with all of the colorful yarns available today, you can make a rainbow of thrummed mittens!
A great thing about this knitting technique is that you can use any mitten pattern (or hat or sock pattern, for that matter!). Just make sure you leave a little extra room for the thrums by making a size larger or casting on a few extra stitches in the hand portion of the mitten.
|Thrummed Mittens by Jennifer Appleby, available in the Knitting Daily Shop|
The photo at right, of the Thrummed Mittens by Jennifer Appleby from the Knitting Daily Shop, shows the type of mittens I tried on. Cute, right? I love the rainbow of fleece colors used for the thrums.
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