I actually finished these about a week ago, but never managed to get with my friend Colleen to have her help me with the bird. I honestly tried on my own for 45 minutes - and each attempt looked like crap. See the cuteness she did?
They are a bit big - but not in a bad way, if you know what I mean. I've been wearing them ever since I finished them, and my hands are NEVER cold. The only annoying part is that the thumb is definitely too long.
Pattern: Bird in Hand Mittens, Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft Aran, using size 2 DPNS.
I thought the pattern was really well written. I do wish she told us what our row gauge should be, as I was a bit nervous about the final size. Thankfully, I have big hands, so these are just right for me. The charted area does go right up to the top- so I'm not sure if I would be able to modify - as I love the way the full pattern looks. I think if I was to make this for a more 'normal' woman's hand, I would not use Aran weight yarn. Maybe a sport weight?
Hurrah for warm mittens!