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Pressed Flower Mitts

Knitting
January 2011
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in Endpaper Pattern
Small, Medium, Large
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When I first saw Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts and the way that the stranded pattern resembled the endpapers of a book, I recalled the first time I read Proust’s In Search of Lost Time in English as a freshman in college, which inspired me to become a literature major and also to learn French. We read the Modern Library hardcover edition, which had the most wonderful endpaper pattern, diagonal shapes in off-white and a greenish brown. So I thought, why not make gloves that would always remind me of one of my favorite books? And what would an old book be without a flower pressed inside? That was how they became the Pressed Flower Mitts. Aside from the flower itself, which I adapted from a discarded Vouge sweater project, these fingerless gloves differ from Eunny’s wonderful design in that they’re a few inches shorter (I tend to like my gloves either at the wrist or super-long), and the endpaper pattern is more simple. This makes it even more exciting when you open your palms to reveal the outlines of the flower.