I have found the mittens that I want to make
and this hat to go with. http://www.helloyarn.com/wecallthempirates.htm
This will be for my son who will think I am the coolest mum in the world when he gets this for Christmas (there is method to my madness)
Am now trying to get the yarn for it. just found out that Dale of Norway Hauk is water and snow repellent, so want to use that. so far I have only found the black here in the UK, have sent an email to see if they could get the white for me so will wait and see.
These mittens use the method that I described earlier, where you knit the stitches with a scrap piece of yarn and then return to left needle and carry on in pattern. Then when the hand bit is done you go back and remove the scrap yarn and have, I think, 18 live stitches for the thumb