I received a couple of skeins of beautiful yarn as a gift on Christmas 2009. Over the Christmas, I decided on making mittens out of them. The Chevalier mittens (a href=”http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevalier-mittens” target=”_blank”>Ravelry link) by Tikru appealed to me, so I casted on.
Except I thought I wouldn’t wear mittens, so I decided on improvising a bit and making them “flap tops” (Ravelry link. No idea of the proper terminology, but I thought of gloves without fingertips with a top of mitten that can be turned over the fingers or out of the way.
Well, I knitted the first one up to the point where I had all of the mitten ready and made, but the glove part going underneath was missing. And I was running out of yarn (Novita Cloud, bamboo and wool).
Since making decisions is not my strong suit, it took me until the next Christmas (2010) to decide on using the same yarn from my stash. That is, these flaptops were carefully buried in my UFO basket until now.
And once I had knitted each and every finger up to the fingertips, I realized I had way too many yarn ends to get rid of. Again, not my strong suit.
What I love about Chevalier mittens, is the cuff. It fits like a glove, it does.
But turning this wonderful mitten pattern into a combined glove-and-mitten-flaptop is probably not such a good idea. Not at least of a soft yarn like Novita Cloud.
Well, anything else might be ok, but the thumb innovation stolen from Villapeikko‘s Gadget mittens (Ravelry link) is not at its best here. Either I made it too small or too big or the yarn is too soft, but the thumb cover just keeps on coming off unintentionally.
But otherwise: I love the yarn and I love all the cable twists of the original pattern.
I wasn’t in a particular need of new mittens, especially not red ones, but I just wanted to have another go on Chevalier.
These are made of an old yarn called Saana, 100% wool. I had bought a few skeins from a sale about 15 years ago. Needle size 4,0 mm. (Ravelry link)
I’m afraid we haven’t seen the end of Chevaliers yet. Perhaps I might make them fingerless next time. And of course, there is always the pattern for Chevalier socks (Ravelry link).