Posted on Tuesday, November 10 2009 at 5pm
If you've ever knit a pair of gorgeous mittens only to find that they're not quite warm enough, then we've got the perfect tip for you.
Orata who blogs at Feather and Fan has designed a clever way make mittens warmer and explains it in her post Retrofit your mitts! (Afterthought thrums).
If you haven't heard of thrums, they're a clever way to make really, really cosy mittens. Essentially, you knit pieces of unspun wool into your mittens, creating a pretty pattern on the outside and a super-warm wooly nest on the inside.
As Orata demonstrates, you can add thrums to mittens even after you've knit them by simply hooking the thrums through the floats. It's an ingenious way to combine a gorgeous mitten pattern with real warmth.
Orata walks you through the process in a clear way, illustrated with plenty of photos. She starts by explaining how traditional thrums work, then moving on to her modification.