My First (accidentally vegan) Thrummed Mittens!

Pro tip: you should use real wool.

I don’t know how I missed that little tid bit when I bought the yarn. Got the right weight. It’s sort of “roving”-ish… but it’s acrylic! So it’s not really working out the way it should.

I just glanced at the pattern, saw that you needed worsted weight yarn and some other fluffy yarn, and just went to Michaels and bought what seemed like it would work.

And actually, it is working… just not the way it’s supposed to.

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Thrummed mittens, in case you don’t know, are the warmest mittens you will ever put your hands in. They’re basically giant, fluffy cocoons of warmth for your hands.

And yesterday, my car said it was one 1 degree outside. ONE. So I need these.

But these pseudo thrummed mittens are for my mom, and as a mom she has to love whatever I give her. (Fingers crossed I can get them done by Christmas)

Here’s the pattern I’m following. It very clearly states what kind of wool to use. And I’ve since ordered some from Etsy for my next pair…

Some tips on thrummed mittens:

  • Making the Thrums First Isn’t Necessary! Everything you read will tell you to make your thrums first. If you using a yarn with washes of various colors (which I recommend because it looks cool), then I say make each thrum as you need it that way the colors change gradually on the mittens and give your mittens a little style.
  • Figure Eight or Straight? It’s a Matter of Thickness. Some patterns will tell you to do the figure eight thrum and others will tell you to just use a straight piece. Since I have the benefit of trying to make figure eights on acrylic yarn that won’t fuse with itself, I can tell you that on the few occasions I’ve been able to make a figure eight stick, the thrum is much fluffier on the inside (and just looks a little tidier). I think this is why some of the thrummed mittens you’ll see look more like giant boxing gloves and others are little bit thinner. It’s your preference.
  • Thrum Size Matters. Another way to make the mittens thinner is to just use smaller thrums (which will make it harder to make a figure eight). The main thing is that they’re all the same size so you don’t have a lumpy mitten. If you don’t feel like using a measuring tape every time, find something easy nearby (for me it’s a seam in my couch) or on your person (like a thumb!) to measure each thrum with.
  • Pull don’t cut. This is more for people using actual wool, but it was helpful for me too. If you cut the yarn, it makes it harder to fuse with itself and you try to make a figure eight. Since mine won’t pull apart, I cut it and then pull it apart from itself a little bit to loosen it up.
  • Drop the Working Yarn for Heart Shaped Thrums! You do not need to knit the working yarn when you add a thrum. If you want the thrums to really look like hearts, just don’t use the working yarn when you add a thrum. This will make the thrum a little less secure at first, but once you go back for the next round, it will tighten up if you tug on it. But using the working yarn will pull the thrum in such a way that you only see one side of the stitch and it’s not as heart shaped.
  • Knit through the BACK of the thrum loop when your knitting a thrum stitch on the round following the thrum round. If you do knit the thrums with the working yarn, knit it tog with the thrum yarn.

I’m definitely going to making these again (but with real wool), so I’m sure I’ll have more tips as I go.

But hey, if you’re a vegan and don’t want to use real wool – I’m here to tell you it’s possible! I used Facets by Loops and Threads.

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