For two months I've been trying to design a mitten (shocking! I know) with a pattern of the skeleton of the human hand. If you think that's morbid, stop reading now. You won't understand. I think bones and most other body parts are really beautiful. With few exceptions they are spare, efficient, and strong. I wanted to explore celebrating it with our most complex bone structure, the human hand.
For me, the trick to a mitten is that it has to be functional as well as interesting to look at. If I were to design this mitten in sock weight yarns, I could probably do it. The pixelization at worsted and DK is just too large for the bones to look like anything but a cartoon. But living in Buffalo, I've got to say, I don't think I've ever met a sock yarn up to the challenge of keeping me warm, dry, and shoveling on a ten degree day.
Is there a significant call for sock weight mittens elsewhere? Should I keep going down in yarn weight? No human bones are straight. Every surface and every length is curved to one degree or another. The only way to exhibit convincing curves is to spread them out over a LOT of stitches, and the idea was the bones on the mitten would correlate directly to the bones of the hand below. Let me know what you think. I just might keep trying.