So once I had my horribly off gauge I went and made some graph paper from my favorite graph paper making website (What? You don't have one?) Incompetech (see it even has a punny name) and input my gauge. The website makes a pdf of the graph paper which I then opened in adobe photoshop. I marked out the parameters of the mitten using the dimensions of a pair of Norwegian mittens I made a few years ago and liked. Then I spent about a day or so dinking around with the chart. The palm was easy, as was the thumb, but making sheep that looked like sheep and made a good composition on the back of a mitten took a bit longer. Once I was satisfied with the chart I knit up a prototype. Which was sized for a child.
Good thing it doesn't take too long to knit a mitten, I thought, I'll just go up a needle size and add a little length and it'll be fine...
Still Tiny! Urg! I felt pretty frustrated with myself, but luckily I had plenty of yarn so I didn't have to frog either of them. I went back and counted how many stitches were in that old Norwegian mitten I mentioned earlier and went with those stitch counts. I finally finally got it the right size, yay! Here is a prototype progression photo with a 5" ruler at the side to show how tiny the small ones really are.
So, after knitting 4 mittens, only 2 of which were any good, I was ready to take some photographs. It was 90 degrees outside so bundling up and going outside were a bit out. I didn't want to get heat stroke, even for my work. So I plopped on a matching hat and sat on my workroom couch and used the self timer gratuitously. I think they came out pretty well all things considered
I really upped my game with photoshop on these photos. I generously used the dodge tool to brighten and emphasize the mittens and to make the eye in shadow more visible. Plus I was having a really good hair day. So I wrote and laid out the pattern, I went with a vaguely German, 70s medieval revival sort of style that I think went really well with the mittens and made the pattern pretty to look at. It's for sale, if you'd like to buy now