Last Tuesday I started knitting a pair of 18th century woollen mitts. The reason: my hands get so very cold while sitting at the computer, sewing and other such things. I needed something to cover my hands but leave the fingers free for working. 18th century mitts seemed ideal. Of course, I could have bought something similar on H&M, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, I already had the yarn at home, so it was more economical to knit them myself. Also, this way I can use them with my 18th century outfit (whenever I get that finished).
The mitts where knitted in the round on metric size 2 (US size 0, UK and Canadian size 14) knitting needles. I didn’t have a pattern, but used various sources on the internet while making them, using a little information here and a little there. What helped me most with the actual knitting was a post on this blog. I didn’t follow all of her instructions, but they were good to use as a reference. I also consulted a few books I have at home, describing crafts in (manly) 18th and 19th century Sweden. They might not be 100% accurate, but they look rather good to me. The purl stitch décor at the top is inspired by mittens from the late 18th- early 19th century in one of my books.