Thrumming is a very old technique that is seriously fun and functional. Small tufts of super soft merino roving (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn yet) are knit into the garment creating a fuzzy warm layer on the inside and irresistible dots of colour the outside. As you wear them, the thrummed roving felts down, keeping your hands warm and cozy (take note dog owners, these are ideal winter dog walking mitts). The mittens will be the colour of the yarn and the thrums (roving) will peek through. Each kit is lovingly hand dyed in Nova Scotia Canada, no two will be exactly alike. (Kit does not include needles: 5.5mm/US4 double-pointed needles.)
Wonder Woolen Yarn
Wonder Woolen is a new-ish yarn from Fleece Artist. It is 100% regionally sourced wool (25 Micron, Woolen Spun). It is heartier and sturdier than the yarns they have used in the past for their thrum kits, and will wear harder, last longer, and keep you warmer. They are so happy with this new yarn at Fleece Artist that they have discontinued all of their other thrum kits. Wonder Woolen is also thicker than the previous yarns used, and knits up faster on larger 5.5mm/US9 needles. If you like the Saltwater Knits series of books by Legrow & Scott you’ll love this yarn!
New & Improved Kits for 2020!
This year’s kits come with some positive updates ….
Last year there was an error in the pattern which we didn’t catch until we knitted up a pair and made our store-sample (that’s why our sample above looks a bit weirdly). This error has been corrected, so your mitts won’t look weirdly (although we still love ours).
The pattern is now written for ALL adult sizes (small, medium and large).
This year’s colours are a little different too – all the yarn colours are semi-solid and the thrumming is variegated (multicoloured). This creates a mitten with a depth of colour and little random pops of contrasting colour where the thrumming peaks out. No more unpredictable, pooling colours, your mitts will be the colour of the yarn. I also tried to design the kits with colours that are easy to wear and match, and there’s lots for both men and women.
We’ve included some hacks below to make your thrumming experience as smooth as possible!
If you’ve already made a pair of mittens or gloves (with or without fingers) you are ready for thrumming! The concept is the same, just throw in little tufts of roving every once in a while.
Pattern & instructions for adult size Small, Medium & Large
Yarn: Fleece Artist Wonder Woolen, 113g (100% wool)
Merino Roving: 60g (100% merino wool)
Here’s a quick little hack to get you started on your thrumming adventure ….
Prepare your thrums BEFORE you start knitting. I estimate for ONE mitten you’ll need about 105(115, 150) thrums for size S(M,L), but you might want to budget a few extras as a buffer (if you find you’ve got extra you can throw them in near the top of the mitt, but it’s better than being short).
Divide your thrums into two piles, one pile for each mitten.
Lay out each pile of thrums on a bandana or tea towel – you can get a general overview of the colour distribution.
Roll up your tea-towel/bandana to keep your thrums safe and tidy. This also makes your thrums PORTABLE.
My friend Rosie just finished a set of mitts made with Cascade 220 Superwash Wave and I think they’re really cool! She used one skein to make all three mitts with the World’s Simplest Mittens pattern (a freebie from the lovely ladies at Tin Can Knits, she made a size Women’s Medium). Why three? Why not?! There was more than enough yarn left to make a third, and you inevitably always misplace or lose one mitten. Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool, having three mitts that match but aren’t exactly alike – it’s like having extra wardrobe options!
The pattern is excellent; a basic mitten knit in the round. It is very straightforward, well written, and the instructions (like all of the Tin Can Knits patterns) are easy to read and follow. It is written for sizes Toddler to Adult Large, and accommodates four different sizes of yarn (fingering, DK, worsted and chunky weight).
Alternatives to DPNs
If you don’t like making mitts because you don’t enjoy using double pointed needles, you might want to try using the new Addi Flexi-flip needles – they’re a great alternative to traditional double pointed needles (Rosie has been using hers since they first came out, and she’s become a convert, despite not having a huge issue with double points to begin with). You could also try using Chaigoo’s 9″ circular needles(you can get them as singles, or if you really like them invest in their interchangeable set) but you will still have to finish the thumb on double pointed needles.
Knit Hack: Matching the Thumbs
Sometimes matching the thumb to the rest of the mitten is tricky with yarns that change colours in stripes or as a gradient. This is because you knit the body of the mitten first, and then go back and do the thumb last – the colourway will have changed by the time you go back to do the thumb. You can see this in the centre mitten in the image above.
If you want your thumb to match the mitten better, wind off a little bit of yarn after you’ve put the thumb gusset on hold, and before proceeding with the body of the mitt. You won’t need a lot of yarn (maybe 5m of worsted weight yarn?), it doesn’t take much to knit a thumb. When you go back to finish the thumb you can use the yarn you wound off and your thumb will blend in beautifully.
Thrumming is a very old technique that is seriously fun and functional. Small tufts of roving (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn yet) are knit into the garment creating a fuzzy warm layer on the inside and irresistible dots of colour the outside. As you wear them, the thrummed roving felts down, keeping your hands warm and cozy (take note dog owners, these are ideal winter dog walking mitts). The mittens will be the colour of the yarn and the thrums (roving) will peek through. This kit can also be used to make Thrummed Socks (great as house-socks or slippers)! Each kit is individually hand-dyed, no two will be exactly alike. Kit does not include needles: 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles are required.
Pattern & instructions (or you can download them free HERE)
Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran, 125g (100% wool)
Roving: 60g (100% wool)
Sizes included: Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large.
This pattern is one of our oldies but goodies, but sometimes you just need something fast and simple (actually, it’s one of the most popular freebies on our website). One skein of Malabrigo Rasta makes a pair of glorious mittens!
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel the holiday pressure – only two weeks away! Don’t worry, it’s doable, you just need to shift your focus to projects that work up fast with thick yarns. We designed the Really Quick Mitts a few years ago for just this purpose, and they’re still going strong!
These mitts are super cool and perfect for the person who likes something funky and original. They use affordable Cascade 220 (for substitutes see below), and are a great way to make use of leftovers you have kicking around. You’ll need 50g or the main colour (grey in the picture above), and 15 to 20g of the other 6 colours.
OK, there are only 5 weeks until the holidays – time to get down to business! These mitts make a great gift, anyone would love their simple, classic look, and they only use one skein of affordable Cascade 220. If you think they might end up in the wash consider using a superwash yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash,Berroco Vintage, or Malabrigo Rios.
Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails area mini version of Tosh Merino Light, a 100% superwash merino wool, single-ply fingering weight yarn. Each incredibly soft hank is hand-dyed in small dye lots. They’re the perfect yarn for granny squares, fair isle, or adding an accent colour to your project. Each hank of Unicorn Tails is unique. There are no dye lots and hanks may vary. The yarn colour you receive may look different than the colour pictured.
100% Superwash Merino Wool
12g/ 47m (52yds)
2.5mm/US1.5 to 3.5mm/US4 needles
6.5 to 7.5 sts per inch on 2mm to 2.75mm/US 1 to 2