I made these Totoro mittens for Mr. A earlier this winter, and am just getting around to posting about them now. I’m not thrilled with these photos of the mits, since I don’t think they do them justice. I recall taking them at night, on my desk, because Mr. A wanted to wear the mits the next day. I should have tried for some better daytime photos, but when the sun rises and sets while you’re still at work, you do the best you can.
Anyhow, this pattern is based on the characters from My Neighbor Totoro, a really charming Japanese Anime film from 1988. It’s one of Mr. A’s favourites, so he got pretty excited about the idea of Totoro mittens. I had made him a scarf a long time ago, but nothing much else, so it was fun to knit for my “significant other”.
The pattern is called Norwegian Totoro Mittens, by brella (ravelry link). It was the first time I’d done colourwork in a few years, so it took me a while to get used to it. Bit of cussing involved, but it wasn’t the pattern’s fault. The only adjustment to the pattern that I made was knitting a liner for the mits, which made them super-warm and took care of the yarn carry-overs on the back of the knitting.
I used some good old Lion Brand Wool-Ease, so we could wash them if necessary. Colourways Oxford Grey (#152, darker shade) and Grey Heather (#151). Even with the liners, I don’t think I used more than one ball of each colour. I really like how they turned out. Mr. A does too, and that’s all that really counts.