The last couple of days of knitting time have seen me concentrating on these flip top mittens meant for my brother-in-law for Christmas. They are sized for a woman's hand (Hence the name Lady's Work Mittens) but I'm knitting them in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, which is worsted, instead of DK weight that the pattern calls for. I've also slightly altered the size of the needles to make what I have on hand, so I used size 3's for the ribbing and size 5's for the rest.
And here we have an almost complete pair of mittens.
And here's where your opinion comes in. They seem.... boring to me. They will eventually have a button on them to help hold back the flip top, and maybe I could find a pattern to embroider on the back? For a guy, maybe an argyle pattern of diamonds in blue and white? Mr. Pies thinks it would instead be better felt them and give them to one of my sister's girls. Maybe embroidery a snow flake or something on the back that's a little girly.
I dunno. I've never really felted before and I worry about the unpredictability of how FAR they will shrink. Not to mention if I make one pair for Older Girl I'll definitely need to make a second , slightly different pair for for Younger Girl, her sister. I'm not sure I'm ready to dive right in to a second pair, but that's pretty much the only way to guarantee it'll get done. lol
Alrighty, so opinion. Do you think these would be good for a grown man? They are definitely the right size for that right now, and very practical. If yes, do I find a pattern to embroider or just find some manly buttons? (I do have some antler buttons that would work... or dark wood ones...) Or do I roll the dice and give felting a try, then embroider them for pre-teen and make a second pair for her younger sister?
Thanks in advance!!